How do I get started?

If you are new to owning a business, the best way to get started is to consult some of the startup advice available online and to make contact with two of the organizations that excel in coaching entrepreneurs: the Small Business Development Center and SCORE.  You can find their contact information in the General Assistance section of this document.

Is there money available to grow my business?

Most startup businesses are self-funded through savings and investments made by family and friends. Those looking to grow seek out traditional lending from banks. Please refer to the Funding Sources section for assistance. Also, grants are available, though they tend to be rare and tied either to a geography or industry sector. You can find information about federal grants by visiting www.grants.gov.

Do I need a business plan?

A business plan is highly recommended. For startups, it creates a road map for the early days of the enterprise. If you are looking to grow your business, a business plan is necessary when seeking loans.

Where do I get a business license?

For businesses located in unincorporated Gwinnett County, consult the County government. If the business will reside inside city limits, the license will come from the respective city government. The Business License section of this website provides the contact information for all of these offices.

What support does the Chamber provide for startups and small businesses?

Business startups are welcomed to schedule an appointment with a Chamber representative for advice and guidance and to help them achieve the next steps in the growth of their business.

Didn’t find the answer you need in these FAQs? Email entrepreneurship@partnershipgwinnett.com.