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Plan Your Business

Think through your goals, draft your business plan, and figure out how to execute your plan. Meeting with local experts from the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) located throughout Utah is also beneficial since SBDC offers valuable business startup assistance free-of-charge.

Get Business Assistance and Training

You’ll want to establish appropriate financial and other record-keeping. You’ll also want to secure proper insurance for your business. The organizations below can help you develop procedures and get connected to professionals who can help.

The following organizations provide valuable assistance to small businesses and entrepreneurs to give them the head start in today’s competitive marketplace. From formulating a business plan, to locating funding resources, to helping develop marketing collateral, the following entities help Utah businesses succeed .

Choose a Location

Consider if you need a storefront location, who your customers are, and the ease of access to your business. Asking yourself questions like, is there sufficient parking? How about traffic flow? Will you lease or purchase space? These are all great questions to consider when starting a small business.

Financing

Get the basics right by understanding the fundamentals of small business finance. Work on and perfect your “elevator pitch” and become a strong salesperson.

Consider liability, taxation, and record-keeping before choosing a corporation, limited liability corporation, sole proprietorship, partnership, or another business type. Also, research steps to protect your intellectual property.

Name & Register Your Business

Research your name and register it with the appropriate state agency; consider a “doing business as – DBA” and research trademarking it.

Networking

Marketing

Funding, Incentives and Contract Assistance

Training & Staffing

Business Consultants

Innovation, Research & Commercialization

Business Resources for Women

Check out the Utah Women’s Business Center (WBC) for resources for women business owners, including:

Visit the WBC website.

Advocacy/Legislation/Utah Code

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Economic Development Map

View a comprehensive map of Utah resources and locations supporting economic development, utilities, broadband, transportation, and lifestyle.

Contact Us

_Managing Director of Business Services

Ryan Starks

801-538-8794 ryanstarks@utah.gov

_Program Specialist

Alecia Hart

(801) 538-8793 aholmes@utah.gov