Starting a Business

Helping Businesses Thrive and Grow

So You Want to Be Your Own Boss

Have you dreamt of being your own boss for many years, but don’t know where to start?  Do you want to know more about owning a business? 

Approximately 70% of new businesses fail within the first seven years.  Improve your chances by educating yourself, knowing the risks, planning for challenges and getting expert advice.

Online Resources

There is a wealth of knowledge available online

We suggest you check out these online resources to get as much information as you can before deciding to become your own boss. 

SBA – Starting and Managing a Business

An overview of topics pertaining to starting and managing a business. Topics include what it takes to start, an outline of a business plan, choosing a business structure and other legal issues, financing, and taxes.

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CCH Small Business Guide

Use the information in the CCH Small Business Guide to answer your business, tax, and legal questions and to get practical tips that will help you work smarter, save money, and stay in compliance with the law.

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The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal offers this site, showing businesses for sale, franchises, business opportunities and many other articles and resources relevant to small business development.

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IRS Business Structure

When beginning a business, you must decide what form of business entity to establish. Your form of business determines which income tax return form you have to file. This site covers the tax implications and forms needed for the most common forms of business structures.

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After checking out the online resources you should then enroll in some of our low-cost training courses or sign up for one on one coaching with one of our business coaches


We offer a “Building a Profitable Business Series” as well as other great training resources to help you get started.  

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North Idaho SBDC business coaches are available to meet with you by confidential appointment to assist with your diverse business needs and challenges.

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