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Explore this page if you are thinking about starting a business.

Great! You want to start a business. Lost? Here’s your compass.

Entrepreneurship 101

Do you have an idea for a new business? Or a goal to make some money on the side? How do you know if your idea is a good one? How do you get started? Scroll down for access to free resources.

Business Planning

Be sure to look for local and online resources to help you learn what’s involved in creating a business!  Scroll down for suggestions.

Survival Kit (Resources)

Scroll down for some short videos to get you started!

Hand Holding A Compass

Welcome to LEARN

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I can honestly say that UpStream would not exist were it not for Kelly’s guidance and naturally supportive mentorship.

Jim McDougall, Upstream AV

Helpful Resources

Whatever stage of the process you’re in, there are great free resources to help you learn more, get started or grow your business.  Here are just a few!


The Small Business Development Center offices are located across the United States, offering free consultations and low cost training.  Click on the link to find the SBDC office nearest you.


The Service Corps Of Retired Executives offers free mentoring, classes and online workshops.  Connect with a local mentor or seek out remote opportunities to learn about starting your own business.


The U.S. Small Business Administration offers a wide variety of services to local businesses including funding options, links to federal contracting options and a terrific Business Guide to learn more about running your own business.

County or State Economic Development Office

Your local Economic Development office may offer consulting, support, classes or other training options to help you learn how to open a business in your community.