Starting a business in Green County

1J8A0478So you’ve got an idea of a new product or service and you think you might want to start a business.

GCDC Can Help.

GCDC is your source for resources to assist you as you explore starting your business or commercializing your product. Our Green County Small Business Resources provides you with a list of agencies that provide financial and business planning assistance, and will provide you with basic information to direct you through programs and resources that are available at the local, state, and federal levels.

The Green County Business Start-Up Regulations & Information Guide outlines everything you need to know about starting a business in the county – registrations, permits, business forms, etc.

The Business Plan

There are many benefits to writing a business plan. Research has shown that 60 percent of businesses that complete a business plan survive two or more years; compared to 15 percent of businesses without business plans. Your success is largely dependent on how much you understand your business and business sector. A business plan helps you organize your thoughts and your resources and is essential when securing investors and credit.

Some good business plan templates can be found at the SCORE web site here. The Small Business Development Center and the SW CAP provide free business planning assistance. Appointments are required.

Are you an entrepreneur?

Starting a business is not difficult; keeping the business running is. Entrepreneurship is not for everyone; it takes some basic skills that can be learned and requires a few personality traits. Take the time to analyze yourself and decide whether owning a business is suitable to your own personality, skills, and lifestyle. Venturing out on your own is a major decision, involving too much time, money, and energy to be careless with.