Guide to Starting a Business

Is this course right for me?

What does it take to be an entrepreneur? Would you like to start your own business, but are unsure of what business options are out there? An Essential Guide to Starting Your Own Business is presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration to equip students with the tools, information, and resources necessary to launch their own business.

This course explores the fundamentals of entrepreneurialism (brainstorming business ideas, assessing market opportunity, and business options). Additionally, students are introduced to the "must do" steps involved in starting their own business. These essentials include putting a basic plan of action into place, getting support from a mentor, and understanding financing options.

If you have ever had an idea for a business, but didn't know how to go about turning that dream into a reality, or if you have ever pondered what it would be like to be your own boss, then this course is definitely for you!


Note: The SBA website prompts users with a demographic survey just prior to the beginning of the course. If you would like to proceed to the course WITHOUT supplying any personal demographic information, simply leave all of the fields blank and hit submit. Please note that you ARE NOT required to provide any personal information to participate in this course unless you so chose to do so.

Course Goals/Objectives

  • Explore the fundamentals of entrepreneurialism
  • Evaluate the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs
  • Analyze potential business ideas
  • Design a basic business plan
  • Access market opportunity
  • Compare and contrast different business models
  • Discuss the six must-dos of starting a business
  • Explore the value of a mentor and how to find one
  • Evaluate business models and structures
  • Outline financing options
  • Learn how to register your business with the appropriate authorities
  • Discover resources available for entrepreneurs

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