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Frequently Asked Questions

Basics
Business Plan
Buying And Selling A Business
Creating A Business
Exporting
Financing
Franchising 
Hiring (Employment) 
Legal & Accounting Resources
Marketing (including eMarketing) 
Patent and Trademark
Resource Partners 
SBA Resources      
Small Business Certification
     
Taxes, IRS Newsletters & Insurance 

 


BASICS

What business do you want to start?  
Start up Basics from SBA
Check your personal credit Score
Factors that shape your credit score
FREE ON-LINE COURSES:  SCORE      SBA

BUSINESS PLAN

Planning templates from SCORE
The Startup Checklist
Demographic Information from the Census Bureau
Typical costs and ratios for your business
Read Sample Business Plans

BUYING/SELLING A BUSINESS

Buying A Business - Complete Guide
Buying Business – Checklist
Selling Your Business

CREATING BUSINESS

THE START-UP CHECK LIST
SCORE Data Sheet - Important Numbers & Information    
How to select the correct legal structure  
Assumed Name or DBA (Harris County); County Clerk Locations  
Business Legal Structure Forms(Texas) 
(CAUTION: If you have a partner(s), you must haveby-laws/Co.Agreement)  
Licenses and Permits -  Houston Business Solutions Center  

EXPORTING

Export Promotion Resources
Export Trade Leads - Governmental
Export Trade Leads - Non Governmental

FINANCING

Financing Your Small Business or Startup - Rob Gay, SCORE
SBA Product Guide  
SBA Resource Guide  
Financing & SBA 
Micro-loans (Community Express Loans of less than $50,000)
What do the banks look for when you:
    
Start a new business
     Buy an existing business
     Expand/Restructure
Loans - Certified Dev Corp - Checklist
Loans - Certified Dev. Corp - Program Description
Loans - From People You Know
Loans – Raising Money
Loan Amortization Schedule

FRANCHISING

Franchise Check List
Franchise Terms
Franchising - Complete Guide

LEGAL &ACCOUNTING RESOURCES

Richard Alderman.jpgThe People's Lawyer Website
Send an email to Richard Alderman

Online Legal Forms: Nolo     Legal Zoom     
Legal issues affecting small business
Partnership – Considerations
Partnership Agreement Checklist   
Selecting the correct legal structure 

Find a Bookkeeper (put your zip code to narrow search)
Find a CPA

MARKETING

Summary Marketing Plan Worksheets  
Create Your Marketing Message
Detailed Marketing Plan Worksheets    
Increase Sales and develop marketing message 
Demographics information by zip code from Census Bureau
Get Found Online  
How to differentiate your businss  
eBusiness Now from SCORE ... Small Business Technology Manual
eMarketing (website, eMail marketing, social media Webinars

PATENT & TRADEMARK

South Texas College of Law Opens a Patent Clinic for small business owners ... download application

For Tradenames and Trademark (not copyright)
... Send an
email explaining your needs to Professor Phillip Page at ppage@stcl.edu.

Patents – 10 Common Myths  
7 Reasons to Register Your Trademarks - Now

RESOURCE PARTNERS

  • SCORE (get help from SCORE counselors nationwide)
  • Houston Business Development, Inc. (alternate lender)
  • ACCION Texas (alternate lender)
  • Houston Business Solutions Center (resource for information on permits, licenses, etc.)
  • Houston Minority Supplier Development Council (Small Business Certification, Networking) 
  • Small Business Development Center 
  • Executive Service Corps of Houston (ESCH) - for Non profits 

    SBA:

    SBA (Small Business Administration)  
    Government Contracting    Contact PTAC for help    Federal Constractor Registration     System of Awards Management    
    Special Purpose Loans such as SBAExportExpress; International Trade; Export Working Capital Program

     TAXES & INSURANCE 

    IRS Newsletter 
    Federal Taxes  
    Franchise Taxes 
    Sales and Use Taxes ... For Sales Tax Exemption Certificate, visit 7011 Harwin #186; or call 713-777-1881

     

     

     

     

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