If you starting or thinking of opening a business CSC Business Center is here to help you. Whether you are looking to launch a new business or grow an existing one, we are here to provide you with the knowledge, tools and guidance your business needs to be successful. 


There are a variety of helpful resources available: We always suggest that business owners develop a business plan to guide their growth and operations. Our business center  has resourceful information that helps orient you to the steps involved when launching a business.

Most new businesses need to obtain a state business license and a Unified Business Identification Number (UBI). In addition, certain business activities require special registration or agency authorization such as obtaining a liquor license,  supplemental nutritional assistance program (SNAP) , and cigarettes for retailers. For business financing, whether expanding your business, buying equipment, inventory, real estate we can help refer/consult/package the best service  to meet your needs.



10 steps to start your business:

  1. Conduct your market research

    • Market research will tell you if there’s an opportunity to turn your idea into a successful business. It’s a way to gather information about potential customers and businesses already operating in your area.

  2. Write your business plan

    • Your business plan is the foundation of your business. It’s a roadmap for how to structure, run, and grow your new business.

  3. Fund your business

    • Your business plan will help you figure out how much money you’ll need to start your business.

  4. Pick your business location

    • Your business location is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Whether you’re setting up a physical location or launching an online store, the choices you make could affect your taxes, legal requirements, and revenue.

  5. Choose a business structure

    • The legal structure you choose for your business will impact your business registration requirements, how much you pay in taxes, and your personal liability.

  6. Choose your business name

    • Choose a name that reflects your brand and captures your spirit. You’ll also want to make sure your business name isn’t already being used by someone else.

  7. Register your business

    • Once you’ve picked the perfect business name, it’s time to make it legal and protect your brand. If you’re doing business under a name different than your own, you’ll need to register with the federal government, and state government, too.

  8. Get federal and state tax IDs

    • You need to obtain your employer identification number (EIN) for important steps to start and grow your business, like opening a bank account and paying taxes. In Washington State you will need a state tax ID.

  9. Apply for licenses and permits

    • Keep your business running smoothly by staying legally compliant. The licenses and permits you need for your business will vary by industry, location, and other factors.

  10. Open a business bank account

    • A small business checking account can help you handle legal, tax, and day-to-day issues. The good news is it’s easy to set one up if you have the right registrations and paperwork ready.

  11. Now you’re ready to open for business!

    • Congratulations! It's time to cut the big ribbon. Your business is officially open. Now, focus on managing and growing your business.


Need help? Schedule a consultation today.

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