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General business start-up activities include but are not limited to:
1. Determine the business you want to start and assess: a) Your qualifications for that business b) The feasibility of making that business profitable
2. Assess your customer base, market base and know your competitors 3. Develop a business plan that outlines the key aspects of your business venture 4. Seek technical assistance to develop the business plan 5. Determine the costs associated with starting your business and project these costs for a period of at least three years 6. Determine the licensing and/or registration requirements at both the local and state level based on the type of business you are considering
The PA Biz Online website provides two ways to register a fictitious name online. A user can either register their fictitious name online using the Online Business Registration Interview (OBRI) or download the appropriate form from the Forms section, complete the form and mail it into the Pennsylvania Department of State. There is a fee of $70 for registering a fictitious name.
In addition, there are for-profit firms that will help develop a business plan. A listing of business consultants can be found in the yellow pages of your local telephone directory.