Key Steps Before You Start...
1. Research Your Market
The Contra Costa County Library has a wealth of information of particular value for doing market research, including numerous databases and GIS data. See Market Data under Resources.
Also see County Economic Information.
2. Evaluate the Opportunity
3. Writing Your Business Plan
4. Do Your Financial Planning
5. Protect Your Business
6. Form Your Business
Learn How to Start Your Business
Check our Calendar for upcoming business seminars, events, etc.
Our local Colleges and Universities also offer excellent courses on a wide range of business-related subjects - see below.
Check Out These Useful Portals for Start-ups and Entrepreneurs
All About Franchises - Contra Costa County Library
An excellent set of resources for researching franchise opportunities.
Topical Business Advice - AllBusiness.SFGate.com
Topic-specific definitions, descriptions and discussions on many aspects of
starting and running a business.
Entrepreneurship: The Kauffman Foundation / Center for Entrepreneurship
Excellent knowledge bank for first-time and experienced entrepreneurs.