Start It Up

Smart Business Start-Up

This $149 suite from the American Institute for Financial Research has four main modules you can run as separate applications or launch from the Smart Business Start-Up shell.

  • Smart Business Plan takes you through the steps of creating a business plan, including instructions for specific industries and 10 sample plans.
  • Business Organization explains what kind of corporation you need; helps you set it up through a question-and-answer session; and supplies laws, forms and filing addresses for each state.
  • Financial Advisor is an electronic book with chapters on how to find funds, state-by-state funding sources and how to apply for loans.
  • Market Research presents demographic data you can use for marketing purposes, including such factors as population, education and crime statistics by state, county and city.

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This article was originally published in the May 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Start It Up.

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