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Business start-up

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Start-up procedures It all starts with a dream. Then it takes a workable plan, some number crunching, legal stuff and the guts to go. Ready?

Want to identify the "hot" business opportunities? Magazines, such as Entrepreneur, Venture and Inc., run articles on this topic on a regular basis. You can also find much of this information on the Internet. Just remember.....anyone can put anything on the it makes sense to evaluate (question?!) any prospect that seems too good to be true. Read what the Better Business Bureau has to say about
Work-at-Home schemes

Financial backing is a major concern for most entrepreneurs. Where's the money? Start with Uncle Sam. Your federal government offers dozens of small business loan and incentive programs. Next, check out the business assistance programs managed by your state. Tapped out? Consider venture capital. You can go with private firms or deal with SBA licensed Small Business Investment Companies (SBIC) in your area. You can locate New Jersey banks and venture capital firms with the
Reference USA database (require Morris County library card).

  • Venture Association of NJ

    Tax information
    Tax information for businesses, U.S. Internal Revenue Service
    Business information, New Jersey Division of Taxation

    What's required? That depends upon your company's type of business,legal structure and location. All companies are required to register with their state's Division of Taxation and report to the IRS. Due to a recent NJ state government reorganization, incorporations and other legal identity registrations are now handled by the Division of Revenue (609) 292-6400. If you are starting a sole proprietorship or general partnership in the state of New Jersey you must register with County Clerk (s) where you do business.
    Morris County Clerk's office (973) 285-6148. Registrations for specific professions or businesses are handled by several state agencies. If you plan to do business in New Jersey, you can call (800) 533-0186 to find out exactly what you need. Health permits and zoning ordinances are managed on a municipal level. Ask your librarian to help you identify the appropriate agencies.

    Government contracting
    Interested in doing business with Uncle Sam or the state of New Jersey?

    Workforce New Jersey provides the information you need regarding employee filing laws, workers compensation and state employment incentive programs. New Jersey's wage and hour laws and regulations. Looking for qualified employees? Start here:

    Business plans
    Basic templates and specific examples by type of business are
    online. MCL owns the Business Plans Handbook in print, too.

    Need help?
    These organizations offer free and/or low-cost counseling services to entrepreneurs in all stages of planning and growth.

    U.S. Small Business Administration
    [NOTE: there is NO SBA office in Morris County]
    Two Gateway Center, 15th Floor, Newark, NJ 07102
    (973)645-2434 (800) 827-5722

    Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
    The following locations host SCORE, they do not necessarily run the programs.

    Morris County Library/Whippany
    (973) 442-6400 (this number is for the Picatinny
    Arsenal Innovation Center, not the library)
    3rd Wed: 6:00pm-8:00pm (general startup workshop NOT one-on-one counseling)
    Morris County Chamber of Commerce
    (973) 539-3882 (Mon: 9:00am-Noon)
    County College of Morris/Randolph
    (973) 328-5187 (Thu: 9:00am-Noon)
    Fairleigh Dickinson University/Madison
    (973) 443-8801 (Wed: 9:00am-Noon)
    Picatinny Arsenal Innovation Center/Dover
    (973) 442-6400 ( Fri: 9:00am-Noon)

    Small Business Development Centers

    Newark SBDC (state HQ)
    Rutgers Business School
    49 Bleeker Street, Newark, NJ 07102
    (973) 353-1927

    Skylands SBDC (serving Morris County)
    Warren County Community College (main office)
    County College of Morris (part-time office)

    Special groups

    Center for Veterans Enterprise (VA)
    (866) 584-2344

    NJ Association of Women Business Owners
    (609) 581-2220

    Small Business and Self Employment Service/Job Accomodation Network (disabled entrepreneurs)
    (800) 526-7234

    Small Disadvantaged Business/SBA (minority entrepreneurs)
    (202) 619-1850

    New Jersey sources

    Entrepreneurial Training Institute
    (609) 292-9279

    NJ Business and Industry Association/Trenton

    NJ Business Resource Center/NJ Dept. Commerce
    online source for business data, maps, forms, office space, financial assistance & incentive programs

    NJ Manufacturing Extension Program/Newark

    NJ State Chamber of Commerce/Trenton (609) 989-7888

    International trade

    Trade Information Center/US Dept. Commerce
    (800) 872-8723

    International Trade Division/NJ Dept. Commerce
    (609) 777-0885

    Morris County

    Morris County Chamber of Commerce/Morristown
    (973) 539-3882

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    business services page for library resources and spaces you can use..

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    16 July 2014