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Define a Business

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Obtain a federal EIN or TIN

Check the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website www.irs.gov to obtain an EIN (employer identification number) or TIN (tax identification number).  You can contact the IRS at (800) 829-4933 to obtain a “getting started” package.

The Economic Development Division is here to assist you through any of the steps identify above. You may also obtain assistance for startup business at SBA at http://www.sba.gov/thinking-about-starting or contact AWC Small Business Development Center for assistance at http://awc.azsbdc.net/

1Define a Business


Develop a Business Plan:

A business plan provides you with the tool to evaluate the feasibility of your business venture and to determine potential sales revenue. It is a tool that will allow you to attract capital investment or apply for loans. To assist you in developing your business plan, you can contact the AWC Small Business Development Center at awc.azsbdc.net.

3Secure Financing

  • Securing funding to finance your business venture is critical to successfully start up and/or expand your business. There are different forms of financing, please visit the following areas to obtain more information.
  • SBA loan provided by the US Small Business Administration for startup at www.sba.gov.
  • Grants for small business can be access to through the www.grants.gov website.
  • Commercial Banks offer a wide variety of financing options. You can contact any of the branches in the area.
  • Business Financial Organizations provide commercial business loans; you can visit the www.sba.gov/az for a list of authorized lenders.