How to Start a Business in Virginia

How to Start a Business in Virginia

by Entrepreneur Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599180670
Publisher: Entrepreneur Press
Publication date: 02/28/2007
Edition description: 2ND BK&CDR
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Setting Up Your Business     1
Initial Business Considerations     3
The Entrepreneurial Archetype
Some Serious Self-Evaluation
Your Experience and Motivation
Methods of Getting into Business
Research, Research, Research
Successfully Marketing Your Product or Service     19
Public Relations or Marketing First?
Define Your Key Audiences
Build a Public Relations Strategy
How to Market Your Positive Image
Your Smart Business Plan     36
Get Help Before You Begin
Essential Components of a Smart Plan
Sample Business Plan
Obtaining the Financing You Need     78
Some Factors a Lender Will Consider
Basic Types of Funding
Lending Sources
Essential Finance and Accounting Methods     93
Types of Accounting Systems
Financial Accounting
Management Accounting
Accounting Documentation
Effective Human Resources Management     109
Alternatives to Hiring Employees
Your Company's Policies and Procedures
Employee Orientation
Monitoring Your Employees' Performance
Your Disciplinary Action Policy
Benefits Packages
Insurance Matters     133
What Is Risk Assessment?
Types of Insurance
When You Have Employees
Workers' Compensation Insurance
Shopping for Coverage
Setting up Your Office     147
Managing Your Incoming Mail
Avoiding the Telephone Traffic Jam
The Home-Based Office
Personal Information Managers
Selectthe Best Location
Operating in Virginia     165
Your Business Structure     167
Five Factors
Sole Proprietorship
General Partnership
Limited Partnership
General (C) Corporation
S Corporation
Foreign Corporation
Close Corporation
Professional Corporation
Not-for-Profit Corporation
Handling Corporate Formalities
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Limited Liability Partnership
Legal Form Checklist
Business Start-up Details     185
Naming Your Business
One-Stop Center
State Licenses
Local, County, and City Permits
Registering to Pay Taxes
Start-up Details Checklist
Your Duties As an Employer     198
Fair Employment Practices
Anti-Discrimination Laws
Independent Contractors
Withholding Taxes
Safety and Health Regulations
Environmental Regulations
Employer Duties Checklist
Sources of Business Assistance     223
Federal Resources
State Resources
Private Sources of Help
Welcome to Virginia     237
Get to Know the Demographics of Virginia
Incentives for Doing Business in Virginia
Research and Development, Financing, and Support Services
Forms You'll Need to Get Started     253
Federal Agency Contacts     283
State and Private Agency Contacts     290
State Loan Programs     296
Index     305

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