STEPS TO GET STARTED
There are 4 steps to starting a business:
IDENTIFY YOUR DREAM BUSINESS
Do you want to open a Bakery? Do you have a great invention that could be manufactured in Roane County? Before our initial meeting, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Is there a demand for any of the businesses that you are considering?
2. Get an understanding of how said business will work. What supplies do you have to purchase and how much capital you will need to move forward?
3. What is your target audience?
4. Do you want to operate a home-based business? An online store? Bricks and mortar?
IS THERE A MARKET FOR YOUR BUSINESS IN ROANE COUNTY?
At our initial meeting, we can discuss your business idea(s) to gather as much information as possible to see if there is a market for it in Roane County. Our office is happy to put you in contact with one of our many partners to conduct a market study to ensure that Roane County is a place where your business can be a success!
PLANNING YOUR BUSINESS
Before you seek out investors or funding for your upcoming business, be sure to create a business plan. Business plans are required by lenders and allow you to showcase your credentials and generally projects 3-5 years ahead while outlining the route a company intends to take to grow revenues. Need help getting started with your business plan?
- SCORE.org offers business plan templates for a variety of industries. Visit the site, complete a questionnaire and it builds a plan for you.
Prefer more hands-on assistance? West Virginia University at Parkersburg has a fantastic Small Business Development Center that can assist you with the following:
- Business Consultation
- Pre-Venture Counseling
- Capital Formation
- Business Plans
- Training Programs
To take advantage of the services offered by WVUP’s Small Business Development Center, please contact Marsa Myers at 304-424-8213 OR by email.
ALREADY HAVE A BUSINESS PLAN?
Great! Now is a great time to decide on the legal format of your business. Many businesses choose the Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) format due to the legal protections it provides. Consult with a legal professional for advice on which legal format is best for your business.
Once you have chosen a format and incorporated, you will need to filed for an IRS Employer Identification Number (EIN) and file your business with the West Virginia Secretary of State.
FUNDING YOUR BUSINESS
Now that you’ve completed your business plan and have filed for a business license, it’s time to start thinking about how you will fund your new business! Capital access can be one of the more challenging processes when an entrepreneur starts a new business or is even in the process of growing one.
We are here to help you discuss your options which include:
TRADITIONAL LOCAL AND REGIONAL BANKS
Roane County has a number of small and large banks that all have a different approach to lending. Often, we encourage entrepreneurs to start with traditional banks to see what can be done before seeking out other sources of funding. We are happy to assist you in scheduling appointments and making contacts with your local bank.
Some Credit Unions have started small business lending programs. Unlike a traditional bank, credit unions are member-owned and have different approaches to lending.
ANGEL FUNDS AND VENTURE CAPITAL
Angel funds are groups of investors who will combine financial resources to either invest in a business individually or individually. Venture Capital is a type of equity financing where the investors provide money in exchange for equity in the company and manage that equity through active participation in the company. These can be longer term investments than angel funds or even traditional banks and are not considered debt because they are equity capital.
MID-OHIO VALLEY REGIONAL COUNCIL REVOLVING LOAN FUND
The RLF program is loan used for any business need including:
New EquipmentThese loans range from $2,000-$250,000 and can fund up to 75% of projects; however, RLF money cannot be used to refinance existing debt. To apply for the MOVRC Revolving Loan Fund, click here.
LOCATING YOUR BUSINESS
Business plan? Check! Funding? Check! Now it’s time to begin property shopping. Let us help! Click here to visit our commercial and industrial database of properties that are for sale or for lease in Roane County!
We are here as a resource to YOU. Need help contacting a landlord? Need assistance finding out who owns a vacant building? Email us.
STEPS TO GET A WV BUSINESS LICENSE
There are 4 steps to getting a WV business license:
To make sure the business name you want to use is not already licensed visit:
REGISTER YOUR ACCOUNT
For a tutorial on registering for your state account visit:
This link will lead you into the registration process.
GET YOUR FEIN
In order to get a business license, you will need to obtain a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) from the IRS. FEIN’s are free and can be obtained online. Visit: www.irs.gov, and
type in FEIN in the search box.
You’ll need the FEIN in order to finish the registration for the business license, so be sure to write it down when it comes up on the IRS screen. A hard copy will be sent to you via mail as
For any other questions, visit: http://www.sos.wv.gov/business-licensing/Documents/StartingABusinessGuide.pdf