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First Things First


So often, knowing how to get started on your idea or dream is the most difficult part of starting your own business. That doesn’t have to be the case when you enlist your SBDC at Kent State Tuscarawas to help guide your steps and offer valued resources to see you through every stage.  Now, there’s no need to be anxious or fearful when you enlist your friends at the SBDC to help. They’re often your biggest fans!

Give us a call at 330.308.7524 or fill out our Advisor Form to get started now!

Steps to Become a Successful Business Owner


Use these tools to help you research and plan for your business success!


Finance your business
Learn about financing options, loans, venture capital, and government grants.

Investigate business incentives
Discover the benefits of government-backed City, County and State incentives, created to help you to grow.


Choose a business location
Get advice about choosing a customer-friendly location and complying with zoning laws.


Determine the legal structure of your business 
Decide whether you are going to form a sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, corporation, non-profit or cooperative.


Register for federal, state and local taxes
Register for a tax identification number from the IRS, your state revenue agency and county tax collectors.


Obtain business licenses and permits
Read about federal, state and local licenses required for your business and get detailed information about the permit processes.


Comply with employer responsibilities
Learn the legal steps you need to take to hire and keep employees. Learn how to register for payroll liabilities, such as state and federal unemployment, social security, Medicare and payroll taxes.


Take advantage of workforce resources
Find skilled workers and workforce training opportunities.


Business resources and contact information

Take advantage of government and community resources created to make your business successful.


Contact Us
Call Steve Schillig at the  Small Business Development Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas 330.308.7524  

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