If you’re starting your own business, chances are you’re a bit sharper than the average crayon in the box. You’ve done your market research, developed your business plan, and made a list of what needs to be done. In attempt to calm your nerves, you’ve eliminated as much of the uncertainty from your small business launch as humanly possible.
Despite all this, odds are that you probably still have some questions. That’s perfectly normal, and you’re in for some good news. There are a ton of free resources out there designed to help people just like you. At The Law Office of Christopher J. Mutchler, our goal is to help you understand the legal side of your business. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the best.
Please keep in mind that while we at The Law Office of Christopher J. Mutchler believe that these resources are absolutely wonderful, if you’re in a legal bind they are no substitute for the advice of competent legal counsel! That being said, read on and enjoy the knowledge!
Resources for Incorporation
- If you’re looking to incorporate on your own, the Connecticut Secretary of State’s Office has a wonderful business start up tool.
- If you’re looking for one of the commonly used forms in LLC formation or small business incorporation, you can find the majority of them here. Many of them can be filed online, which is awesome!
- If you’re looking for a fee schedule that lays out the price of LLC formation, you can find that here.
Resources for Those Just Getting Started
- The U.S. Small Business Administration offers a free online guide that is pretty comprehensive. If you’re still in the early research phase, this can be a great place to start (although it truly is an asset at any stage of the game).
- The Connecticut Economic Resource Center (“CERC”) is a great place for all things start-up in Connecticut. If you’re thinking about starting a business, their website is definitely worth checking out.
- The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (“CCAT”) is an East Hartford, CT based nonprofit dedicated to technology start ups. If your small business is aimed towards the technology sector, CCAT could be a great resource.
- If you are doing market research, the Connecticut Data Collaborative is worth checking out.
- For those who may be looking to find a business mentor, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s SCORE is a great place to get started.
- If you are looking for help with financing, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s Small Business Express Program offers loans to small business owners who meet certain eligibility criteria.
Business Taxation Resources
- If you’re completely new to all of this and trying to figure out what type of tax situation you’ll be getting yourself into by starting a small business, the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services has published a wonderful overview of small business tax in Connecticut which can be found here.
- If you’ve already formed your small business and are required to obtain a State Tax Identification Number, you can find out how to do so here.
- If you’ve already formed your small business and are looking to obtain a Federal Tax Identification Number, you can do so online here.
If you’ve enjoyed the information contained here and are hungry for more, head on over to our blog. Again, while everything here is full of wonderful information for anyone starting a business, none of it can replace the advice of competent legal counsel. If you have a legal question, you should always ask and retain a lawyer.
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