I am Starting a Business

Have you dreamt of being your own boss for many years but don’t know where to start?  Do you want to know more about owning a business and find yourself asking questions like:

  • How do I turn my idea into a successful business?
  • What kind of forms and licenses do I need to get started?
  • Where can I find financing and loans?
  • What is a business plan and how do I prepare one?

Approximately 70% of new businesses fail within the first seven years.  Improve your chances by educating yourself, knowing the risks, planning for challenges and getting expert advice.


Startup Guide

The first step is to go through our Startup Guide.  The Guide is designed to walk you through the key steps for starting a business. Completing the Guide will give you a great snapshot of what goes into starting a new business.

Business Wizard

Next, visit the Business Wizard on the Idaho Biz Help website. By answering 4 simple questions, you will see the forms, licenses and taxes your business may need with links to specific information.


Educate yourself – see what trainings are offered at your nearest Idaho SBDC office or find one that is right for you in our eLearning selection.

Technology Startup

If you are starting a business around a technology or innovation, visit our Technology and Innovation section to see the services we offer.

Request an Appointment

Once you have evaluated your business idea and taken steps to learn more, make an appointment with an Idaho SBDC consultant for no-cost confidential assistance.

Request an appointment

Success Stories

The Idaho SBDC has many years of helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams.  To see some examples of the companies we have worked with, visit our success story page.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Check out our FAQs to see what other entrepreneurs, just like you, want to know.