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10 steps to Start Your Business

Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions and completing a series of legal activities. The Small Business Administration has developed a guide with the 10 basic steps to starting a business. Download the brochure below!


Other steps may be appropriate for your specific type of business.

Information about specific industries can be found at the Industries/Professions Web page.

Each state has additional requirements for starting and operating a business. For information regarding state-level requirements for starting a business, please refer to your state’s website.

 Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) if applicable

Get more details here.

The State of Tennessee offers a comprehensive checklist for business startups with some specific information about Tennessee:

Tennessee Smart Start Guide for Businesses


IRS Checklist for Business Startup

The checklist below provides the basic steps you should follow to start a business. This list should not be construed as all-inclusive.