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The Business Services Group connects the knowledge resources of the University of Nevada, Reno to the needs of our businesses, industries, and government – to grow and strengthen our communities. You will find a wealth of University programs that offer services and assistance here.

 

Starting a Business

If you are just starting your business, or thinking about starting a business, the Nevada Small Business Development Center would like you to review the following checklist:

Check your own motivation and readiness

  • Do you want to start a business for the right reasons?
  • Do you have what it takes as a business leader?
  • Do you have a passion for what you want to do?
  • Are you willing to work long hours?
  • Did you think about paying for your future employees’ health insurance and benefits?

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Determine the feasibility of your idea.

  • Is your business idea unique?
  • What makes it different from the existing ones out there?
  • Why is it going to be successful?

Begin business plan and market research

  • Many businesses do not succeed because they do not understand the true value behind a well designed business plan.
  • A good business plan should show you that you have considered all aspects of your prospective business and you are ready to face the challenge.
  • Developing a business plan shows your management skills.
  • A good business plan will significantly benefit your ability to convince potential investors that you know what you are talking about.
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We also recommend watching the Small Business Administration’s Free Online Course on How to Prepare a Business Plan

Choose a business entity

  • The NSBDC strongly recommends that you seek the advice of an accountant and attorney when making this decision

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Determine a location

  • Selecting the right location for your future business is one of the most important decision you will need to make
  • The greater the flow of traffic by your location, the greater the cost for rent. Do you need a highly visible location for your type of business?

Complete Business plan and Marketing plan

  • Have your advisor/counselor review and provide feedback

Get Financing in Place

  • What are your total start up/acquisition costs?
  • You will need financial projections for at least 2 years that you can back up.
  • You will need extensive collateral. The NSBDC recommends that you check out the following publication

Acquire license and permits

Determine and Design Advertising

  • Follow your marketing plan as laid out in the business plan and go over that with your marketing advisor/counselor so that you know how you are going to promote your business.

Purchase Inventory and Equipment

  • Sign lease, contact suppliers to make initial purchases. (you already identified your suppliers in the business plan)

Hire staff

  • Identify special employee qualifications unique to your business
  • Will you need to hire from out-of-state?
  • What positions will key personnel hold?

Open doors

In addition, the Nevada Small Business Development Center also provides the following consulting services to assist you:

  • Classes for entrepreneurs
  • Business Readiness Assessment
  • Market research / trends
  • Forecasting sales and expenses
  • Financing alternatives / sources of capital
  • Evaluating a franchise
  • Business loans understanding the process
  • Getting an unbiased opinion/ assessment of your business concept
  • Bookkeeping the basics
  • Patents, copyrights, and trademarks how to protect your intellectual property
  • Site and market analysis
  • Forming a business (legal structures) advantages and disadvantages of alternatives
  • Buying an existing business
  • Computer systems the basics
  • NxLeveL Training

To learn more about starting a small business in Nevada please see the following publication