How to Start a Small Business

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So you are interested in starting a small business in Greenville? We are delighted to hear it, and the City provides plenty of resources to help guide you through the process. We have listed some of them below, but you can also call our Planning and Development Services Department at (252) 329-4504 if you have additional questions.


Small Business Checklist

There are a variety of steps you need to take before opening a small business. We have outlined a brief checklist of key steps that a prospective business owner should consider. You can view it by clicking the link above.


Creating a Business Plan

A business plan is the essential cornerstone of any business. The business plan brings together the goals, plans, strategies, and resources of a business. By developing a comprehensive plan prior to commencement of operations, it can minimize risk and may save you from significant financial and professional losses resulting from an unprofitable business. By clicking the link above, you can learn about the numerous local resources available to assist you with this process.


Choosing Your Business Structure

You will make a lot of important decisions when starting a business, but one of the most important is the type of legal structure you select. This choice will have an impact on the amount you pay in taxes, personal liability, record-keeping, and more. Click the link above to learn more about the different business structures.


Starting a Nonprofit Business

Nonprofits support various efforts throughout communities in ways government and the business community cannot. They take on specific issues or causes that typically do not have a traditional funding source. Follow the link above to learn more about the steps for starting a nonprofit business.