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Starting Your Business

If you’re thinking about starting a small business, you should start by weighing the pros and cons, so that you can make a wise decision. The resources in this section are essentially a toolkit to guide your decision-making process.

  • Is Entrepreneurship For You?  What characteristics do you need to be an entrepreneur? What does it take to start-up and succeed? This guide can help you determine if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.
  • Do Your Market Research   Explore how to use market research to find out if there is a market for your idea. To help you build a picture of market conditions and demographics, the U.S. government also provides access to free market data and statistics.
  • Find a Mentor or Counselor – Take Advantage of Free Resources   As you get started, take advantage of free training and counseling from experienced business owners who’ve already walked in your shoes. Learn about government-sponsored mentorship programs and resources.
  • Follow These 10 Steps to Starting a Business   Ready to get started? These 10 steps can help you plan, prepare and get our business off the ground.
  • Funding Your Business   Visit the Small Business Administration and learn about the myths behind the "Free Money" ads and the truth behind government grants for small businesses.
  • The Truth Behind Government Grants for Small Businesses

For More Information, Contact:
Melanie Kendrick, MPA, CNP
Office of Economic Growth
8731 Citizen Drive, Suite 135
New Port Richey, Florida  34654
(727) 815-7092
Email Melanie