Starting Your Business

Thinking of starting a business?

Some people know exactly what they want to do but don't know exactly how to carry it out while others aren't immediately sure what kind of business they should start. Consider your interests and skills in developing your business idea. Research business potential by gathering information from industry associations, Web searches, periodicals, federal and state agencies, and other resources. Develop your idea by putting it in writing; outline the tools and strategies for your business success. This written Business Plan is your roadmap for starting and growing your business.

Once you have decided on a business and know the next steps, then you may start thinking about opening a business storefront. The City offers design and financial assistance with personalizing an existing storefront to fit your business needs. Learn more about the Storefront Improvement Program.