StartSmart is a free business development program that helps immigrants start or grow a business with:

Expert Advice

  • Evaluate your business idea
  • Develop a business plan
  • Review location choices
  • Help identify sources of financing
  • Organize your bookkeeping
  • Strengthen marketing and advertising


Legal and Regulatory Requirements

  • Permits and licenses
  • Taxes
  • Insurance

Interpreters are available.

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