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Start a Business


Welcome to the Start a Business Guide. This guide provides beginners with some ideas on how to start a business. 

If you are just starting to explore a business idea, we recommend the getting started section. This section will help you think through your idea.

If you have already explored your idea and are ready to take the steps to turn that idea into a business, we recommend the business basics section. 

What's in this guide?

Getting Started: walks you though beginner steps in exploring your idea.

Business Basics: learn about writing a business plan, the basics of intellectual property, introduction to marketing and more.

Erie Community Resources: connect you to local organizations for grants, networking, consulting and more. 

Classes: connects you to free online and in person classes on a variety of business subjects. 

Books:  displays items we have available at our library.