The decision to start a business is a significant one that is quickly followed by equally significant questions: What type of business? What business structure is advantageous to my venture? What makes an effective business plan? Where will the financing come from? What licenses, permits, or registrations are required by the local government?
The resources below can help walk you through the process from deciding your company's legal structure, to developing a business and marketing plan to getting the doors open.
Attend business seminars and get educated by contacting the Small Business Administration.
Conduct market research to discover the market for your service by contacting Meridian Township staff, the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, or visiting the U.S. Census.
Establish and develop a business plan by consulting the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center.
Visit Michigan's Business One Stop to learn about the business resources available through the State of Michigan. Find property to house your business by contacting the Greater Lansing Association of Realtors.
Register your business name with the Ingham County Clerk and/or U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Check with the State of Michigan, Ingham County Clerk, and Meridian Township for special licensing or permit requirements.
Register for a federal employer identification number and payment of federal taxes with the Internal Revenue Service.
Register with the Michigan Department of Treasury for payment of state taxes.
Check with Meridian Township, the Ingham County Drain Commissioner, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for environmental regulations.
Ensure a location is in compliance with the building and zoning ordinances of Meridian Township.
Arrange for utility service with Consumers Energy.
Meridian Township Economic Development Director Ken Lane would love to talk with you about your business joining the community. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517.853.4568