Ideas are everywhere. Successful entrepreneurs know that not every idea is a good business opportunity. Before you bet the ranch on your idea, take the time to research who will buy your product or service and what competition you will face.
- Starting a New Business Guide (Mass.gov)
- 10 Steps to Start Your Business (Entrepreneur Magazine)
- Evaluate Your Idea Checklist (Princeton Creative Research)
- Buying a Franchise (Entrepreneur Magazine)
- Franchise Opportunities (International Franchise Association)
- Buying an Existing Business (SBA)
While preparing your startup endeavor, be sure to research and understand the market that you will be entering. Use the Resource Navigator to find a programs that provide market research assistance. Local libraries are a great place to start.
Many support organizations have classes and workshops for all types of entrepreneurs. Be sure to explore the Calendar of Events to find an event near you.
The Small Business Development Centers and Small Business Technology Development Centers offer individual business consulting appointments to the public at no charge. To find your nearest office, use the Resource Navigator.