Gaston County Public Library

Starting Your Own Business

Affordable Care Act

Getting Started

  • SBA.gov: Loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.
  • Score.org: Provides recommendations and resources for small business success.
  • Census Business Builder: Help detemining the ideal location for a business.
  • Gaston College Small Business Center
    Go to: https://www.ncsbc.net/center.aspx?center=75220
  • Business Start Up Resource Guide (PDF): Starting a Business in North Carolina.
    Go to: http://www.sbtdc.org/pdf/startup.pdf
  • Planning Checklist from Business Link North Carolina, a division of North Carolina Department of Commerce.
    Go to: https://edpnc.com/start-or-grow-a-business/start-a-business/
    • Business Forms
      Go to: https://edpnc.com/start-or-grow-a-business/start-a-business/business-forms/

Search our Catalog by Keyword for: Small Business or Entrepreneurship.

Business Plans

  • Writing a Business Plan: Learn about the essential elements of a business plan, how to make yours stand out, find templates, and learn why you need one.
    Go to: http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/starting-managing-business/starting-business/writing-business-plan
  • Business Plan Resources from Business Link North Carolina.
    Go to: https://edpnc.com/start-or-grow-a-business/start-a-business/resources/
  • How to Create a Business Plan: Several articles on writing a business plan from Entrepreneur magazine.
    Go to: http://www.entrepreneur.com/businessplan/

Search our Catalog by Subject for: Business Planning.

Financing

  • Capital Opportunities for Small Business: A Guide to Financial Resources for Small Business in North Carolina.
    Go to: http://www.sbtdc.org/resources/publications/capital-opportunities/
  • Government Business Loans: View details, terms, and eligibility requirements.
    Go to: http://www.govloans.gov/loans/browse-by-category/category/3
  • Financial Resources, including Grants & Loans, from Business Link North Carolina.
    Go to: https://edpnc.com/start-or-grow-a-business/start-a-business/resources/

Search our Catalog by Keyword for: Business Financing.

Franchises

  • Buying a Franchise: A Consumer Guide: The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, has prepared this booklet to explain how to shop for a franchise opportunity, the obligations of a franchise owner, and questions to ask before you invest.
    Go to: http://business.ftc.gov/documents/inv05-buying-franchise-consumer-guide
  • Looking to Earn Extra Income? Here's How to Avoid Bogus Business Opportunity Offers: Many business opportunity promotions are scams that take people's money up front and fail to deliver on the promises. Learn how to protect yourself when buying a franchise.
    Go to: http://business.ftc.gov/documents/inv02-looking-earn-extra-income-how-avoid-bogus-business-opportunity-offers

Search our Catalog by Keyword for: Franchises.

Home-Based

  • Work At Home Opportunities: From medical billing and envelope stuffing to assembly and craft work, learn what questions to ask to deterimine if a work at home job opportunity is fraudulent.
    Go to: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/moneymatters/jobs-work-at-home.shtml

Search our Catalog by Keyword for: Home-Based Business or by Subject for Home-Based Business Series.

Other Resources

Search by Keyword in our Catalog for: Small Business Law or Small Business Marketing.

 


 

Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: Starting Your Own Business
URL: http://gastonlibrary.org/research/careers/starting-your-own-business/
Revised: 12 December 2016