Step One: Conclusion
Step One: Getting StartedResearch
What do I Want to Sell?
The Next Step
Who Will My Customers Be?
Who Are My Competitors?
Where Should I Locate My Business?
How Do I Finance My Business?
Programs and Incentives for Minority and Women-Owned Small Businesses
The Business Plan
Your Final Decision: Analyzing the Facts
What Is My Business Objective?
A Word About Marketing
Small Business GuideAbout North Carolina
About Small Business Center Network
About NC Community College System
Step One: Getting Started
Step Two: Operating A Business
Step Three: Business Plan
Analyzing the research data you collected will help you make decisions. If you wanted to build a house, you would first think about the type of house in which you would like to live; you would research neighborhoods and land prices; you would talk to architects and contractors. You would do your homework. If you didn't, you would end up like the pig who built the house out of straw. You would soon be homeless. Do your homework when building a business: finish your research and analyze your findings. Your business will then have a sound foundation. On this foundation, you can build the sturdy walls of a sound financial plan to hold it together and the reliable roof of good marketing to protect it from the elements. Then the wind and rain of competition, changing consumer demands, and improper planning will not blow it to pieces.
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Director of Small Business and Economic Development Programs