Friday, April 17, 2009

So you want to start a small business?

For the past four weeks, I have blogged about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. I don't know about you readers, but I need a change of pace. I recieve weekly emails from multiple business blogs and websites and when an article or guide catches my eye, I save it for future use. Today's blog contains general information on starting a business.

Evaluating Your Business Idea - From the Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Centers. This 22 page pdf provides questions for you to answer to help solidify your business idea.

SBA Small Business Planner - Includes sections devoted to planning your business, starting your business, managing your business, and, as a last resort, getting out.

Small Business Startup Trends - Kauffman Firm Survey. "The KFS dataset provides researchers (and entrepreneurs) a unique opportunity to study a panel of new businesses from start-up to sustainability, with longitudinal data centering on topics such as how businesses are financed; the products, services, and innovations these businesses possess and develop in their early years of existence; and the characteristics of those who own and operate them." Although the data is from 2004-2005, the information provided is still valuable to individuals starting a business.

1 comment:

Alexis Mokler said...

Approxiamately 30 minutes after publishing this post, I read an email from the ASBDC that included a link to a new Kauffman Study titled "Entrepreneurs and Recessions: Do Downturns Matter?". To find the study, go to