Microsoft Startup Center — the one-stop startup shop

Microsoft Startup Center offers free step-by-step guidance, tips and resources for starting a business. A wealth of information is provided under eight general headings: “The Rules,” “Office Setup,” “Your Brand,” “Marketing,” “Sales,” “Finances,” “The Details,” and last but not least, “Employees.”

The Startup Center provides links to the IRS, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, US Patent and Trademark Office, Startup Nation and other resources, including Bank of America’s Small Business Resource Center, which also offers valuable step-by-step tips. As you work through the Startup Center, you’ll be able to add items you need to take care of your business and to create a personalized to-do list. From resources for your furniture needs to how to jumpstart your marketing with a free Web site from Office Live, the Microsoft Startup Center is worth viewing.

Remember, new business owners should always seek the guidance of a professional tax consultant, accountant, and/or attorney to verify all legal requirements are met before starting and operating a business. For more information, please go to http://www.microsoft.com/smallbusiness/startup-toolkit.

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