The first step to starting your business is to form the business entity. You can do this by getting an EIN on the IRS website then filing your new business with the Secretary of State of Louisiana. We also suggest an operating agreement for business partners to govern the internal relations of member. While you can do this yourself, if you have multiple business partners and need an operating agreement or would like some hand holding, reach out to a local attorney who has handled these filings before. At Developing Lafayette, our attorney of choice is Brandon Bradley at Bradley Moreau for all of our business needs.
You know you want to open a business, but what will it be? Owning a franchise is a great way to be in business for yourself, but not by yourself. Sunbelt Business Brokers of Lafayette, in partnership with the International Franchise Professionals Group, can introduce local aspiring entrepreneurs to hundreds of tried-and-true franchise opportunities in an array of business categories … automotive, building and storage, food and restaurants, hair care and beauty, repair and restoration, retail and many more. Sunbelt can help you identify the best fits for your interests and needs, and connect you with the right franchise representatives to guide you on your journey to successful business ownership. Franchise consultations are free and come with no obligation.
In today’s age, your business’ digital presence is just as important as it’s physical presence. Be sure to set up a website and a Facebook page so your customers can find you. There are several good resources to help, we like the FREE resource of the social media bootcamp over at the Opportunity Machine.
Let us give your business exposure and let people know you will be opening. Fill out our contact form to let us know about you! For more exposure and advertising opportunities check out our Ad kit and give us a call.
Let the community know you’re here and you’re open by joining One Acadiana and having a Ribbon Cutting, and networking with others through 1A. One Acadiana, formerly the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, exists to help cultivate economic growth in the region.
There are a lot of resources available to businesses here in Acadiana. One of our favorites is The Opportunity Machine in the LITE Center. They can help you with anything from strategy to sales training and even shared office space.
Want to take your business to the next level and really accelerate its growth? The Community Foundation and Innov8 Acadiana have a program just for you. It’s called Accelerate Acadiana and they can provide you with years’ worth of business growth in a few months’ time.
You’ve created a successful business and have grown it to be something remarkable. But the time has come to part ways with it to retire or start a new chapter. Finding a buyer and selling your business doesn’t have to be hard or frustrating, they have people who specialize in helping you with just that. Just ask our friends over at Sunbelt Business Brokers who can help you through the process from determining your company’s worth to finding a buyer to handling the transaction.