• Dexter Fountain, CARTER PHOTO DESIGN, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, Montgomery Chamber, MGMChamber, Montgomery Alabama
  • How to Begin

  • Business Start-Up Checklist
    There are a number of steps to consider before starting a small business in the River Region. Each step will be highlighted throughout this guide. The following checklist is a reference to help budding entrepreneurs plan the steps needed to successfully own and operate a small business.

    • Assess your strengths & weaknesses
    • Assess your financial resources
    • Choose a name for your business
    • Choose a legal structure
    • Prepare a business plan with financial statements
    • Obtain financing
    • Retain an attorney, accountant and insurance agent
    • Acquire necessary licenses and permits
    • Obtain Federal Tax ID Number
    • Send off for federal & state tax forms
    • Select a location
    • Inquire into zoning ordinances
    • Arrange for utilities
    • Get computers, phone, office furniture, etc.
    • Choose a record-keeping system
    • Choose method of inventory control
    • Obtain business insurance
    • Open banking accounts
    • Start marketing
    • Open your doors