Online Tutorial for Starting a Business
Approximately 70% of new businesses fail within seven years. But your chances improve the more you educate yourself. Knowing the risks and planning for challenges is key to business survival.
The Pennsylvania SBDC offers a free self-paced online tutorial that covers essential start-up topics -- available to you 24 hours a day -- called the Starting A Business Online Tutorial.
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First Step Events
All of the Pennsylvania SBDCs offer First Step workshops to help entrepreneurs begin the process of successful business ownership – evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options. First Step events are offered at low or no cost on a regular basis across the state. And all are free to veterans.
The first step to starting a successful new venture is to attend an SBDC First Step workshop where you will learn:
What unique lifestyle requirements are involved in owning a business
How to assess the feasibility of your business idea
Differences between business organization structures
How to develop a business plan
How to obtain financing
How to market your product or service
The applications and licenses needed to start your company
Find information about upcoming First Step events by viewing our events listings or by contacting your local SBDC.