Gaston County Public Library

Starting Your Own Business

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Getting Started

  • Loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.
  • Provides recommendations and resources for small business success.
  • Census Business Builder: Help detemining the ideal location for a business.
  • Gaston College Small Business Center
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  • Business Start Up Resource Guide (PDF): Starting a Business in North Carolina.
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  • Planning Checklist from Business Link North Carolina, a division of North Carolina Department of Commerce.
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    • Business Forms
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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.
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  • Business Plan Resources from Business Link North Carolina.
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  • How to Create a Business Plan: Several articles on writing a business plan from Entrepreneur magazine.
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Search our Catalog by Subject for: Business Planning.


  • Capital Opportunities for Small Business: A Guide to Financial Resources for Small Business in North Carolina.
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  • Government Business Loans: View details, terms, and eligibility requirements.
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  • Financial Resources, including Grants & Loans, from Business Link North Carolina.
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Search our Catalog by Keyword for: Business Financing.


  • 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.
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  • 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.
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Search our Catalog by Keyword for: Franchises.


  • 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.
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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
Revised: 12 December 2016