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Looking to start your own business? Learn the steps to take to create a successful vision and plan for your new business. Can’t find the answers you need? Contact the Bellevue Entrepreneur Center for more information on other resources and services.

Starting a Business - A list of questions to ask yourself before launching a new business from Falco Sult & Company PS. (pdf)

Starting a Business Checklist - An overview of 10 essential steps to starting a business (pdf)

Realizing the Dream of Starting a Business - A presentation on the key considerations of starting a business and building a team (pdf)

Follow these Steps to Starting a Business - A guide from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help you plan, prepare, and manage your new business.

Starting a Business in the State of Washington - Links to resources from the State of Washington Business Licensing Service.

Washington State Small Business Guide - The Small Business Guide provides helpful information, links to valuable resources, and outlines the steps for starting and operating a business in Washington.

IRS Small Business & Self Employed Tax Center - This section offers a broad range of resources across federal and state agencies, as well as industry/profession specific information for self-employed entrepreneurs, employers and businesses. You will also find links to starting and operating a business, employment taxes, tax law changes for business, business-related forms and publications, and online learning options.


Creating a Business Plan
Business Plan Outline - Instructions on writing a business plan outline from Inc. Magazine.

Writing a Business Plan - A resource from the SBA that includes instruction, templates, and other tips for your business plan.

How to Write a Business Plan - A step-by-step guide to help you write a business plan and free sample business plans.

Sample Business Plans - Free sample business plans from Bplans.com


Developing a Mission Statement
Developing Effective Mission and Vision Statements - An article from Inc. Magazine on how to develop mission and vision statements and use them as powerful tools.

Mission, Vision & Values Template - A template from the BEC to help you develop your business’ mission, vision, and values.