First Step: Starting a Business Webinar Series
The Pennsylvania SBDC's First Step series is designed to walk you through the process of starting your own business. The following instructional series can be viewed on demand after registering below at the bottom of the page.
The following webinars are available for entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners (Ahora disponible en español!):
How Should I Structure My Business? (15 minutes) - This webinar will focus on the regulatory implications and business benefits associated with various types of business structures. In this session, we will walk you through the factors to consider when choosing your specific business structure and tax designation.
Where Can I Find Funding to Start My Business? (11 minutes) - Hear about types of business financing available to the entrepreneurs in Pennsylvania, learn their respective benefits and sources, as well as the considerations the lenders and borrowers contemplate before delving into a borrower/lender relationship.
How Do I Sell My Product or Service? (18 minutes) - Consider the underlying concerns of marketing your product. During this session you will learn:
How to determine your target market and its size
Market trends and competitors to consider
How to determine price and advertising media
Website considerations depending on your type of business
Some tips on how to conduct your market research
Understanding Financial Statements (12 minutes) - During this presentation, you will walk through the basic attributes of the financial statements required by funders, and discuss their role in depicting the financial picture of your organization.
How Do I Write a Business Plan? (12 minutes) - This session will cover the purpose of a business plan, its major components and their functions, provide an outline of the information most commonly sought after by investors, and provide resources where detailed information about writing a business plan can be found.
Costs to Consider when Starting a Business (16 minutes) - Learn about the potential regulatory and start-up costs of starting and maintaining a business. This includes costs such as federal, state, and local business licenses and permits, taxes, as well as other regulatory requirements and the costs associated with their maintenance.