Before starting a business, you should examine your idea and your resources carefully.
Why do you want to start a business?
Is there a demand for the product or service you plan to offer?
Are you a risk-taker who is ready and able to commit a lot of time and money to a business?
Do you have a “support system” of people you can turn to for advice and help?
Free personalized counseling is available for potential entrepreneurs from a variety of sources, including the GTCC Small Business Center, SCORE, and THRIVE High Point (see the Contacts tab for contact information).
If you intend to apply for financial support, check your personal creditworthiness by requesting a free credit report, either online at www.annualcreditreport.com, or by calling 877.322.8228. You can also download a request form from www.annualcreditreport.com/manualRequestForm.action, print it out, and mail it to Annual Credit Report Request Service, PO Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281.