STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – If you speak with some business owners on Staten Island, you may get a sense that launching and operating a commercial venture in the borough is different than in others parts of the New York City. The truth is, Staten Island reflects a metropolitan/suburban ambiance that is unique to the Big Apple, and partly defined by its populous of discerning consumers and ambitious, innovative entrepreneurs.
In many ways, starting a Staten Island-based business is no different than launching one in Manhattan or any other borough in the city, as the basic essentials are the same: Structuring a plan, making key financial decisions and completing a series of legal activities.
With this in mind, the business experts at SCORE of Staten Island seek to smooth your path to business success by spotlighting the following 10 steps for planning, preparing and managing an enterprise:
Mentors from SCORE of Staten Island can provide you with cost-free guidance in the preparation and writing of a quality business plan.
Take advantage of the free training and counseling services offered by SCORE of Staten Island – from preparing a business plan and securing financing, to expanding or relocating a business.
Get advice on how to select a customer-friendly location and comply with zoning laws.
Find government-backed loans, venture capital and research grants to help you get started.
Decide which form of ownership is best for you: Sole proprietorship, partnership, Limited Liability Company (LLC), corporation, S corporation, nonprofit or cooperative.
Register your business name with your state government.
Learn which tax identification number you’ll need to obtain from the IRS and your state revenue agency.
Register with your state to obtain a tax identification number, workers’ compensation, unemployment and disability insurance.
Get a list of federal, state and local licenses and permits required for your business.
Learn the legal steps you need to take to hire employees.
SCORE of Staten Island provides free advice pertaining to any of the essentials previously listed, as well as access to a suite of cost-free mentoring services for both start-ups and established businesses.
About SCORE of Staten Island
SCORE of Staten Island is dedicated to fostering a vibrant small-business community within its borough by providing cost-free mentoring and education to both aspiring and established entrepreneurs. Headquartered at 1855 Victory Blvd., in the Staten Island neighborhood of Castleton Corners, the organization is Chapter 476 of the nationwide SCORE, a nonprofit association and resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). For additional information, or to schedule an appointment, SCORE of Staten Island may be telephoned at 718-727-1221, or emailed at info@SCORESI.org.