Getting Started with SCORE Los Angeles

Are You Ready to Start a Business? ​Are you an Entrepreneur? What to Expect and Not to Expect From a Business Mentor....and much more to get you started on your way to success.

Are You Ready to Start a Business?

We won’t kid you. It’s not easy. Not everyone is ready for it, but the rewards are huge. We suggest that you start with these articles to see if you have the right personality and a workable idea.

Check our Startup Checklist: A Step-by-Step Checklist for Business Startups

Market Research

If you're determined to start a business, the first step is to do market research. Use these materials to learn how to perform market research and determine if there is a market for your business idea.


Guide to Conducting Customer Interviews

Secondary Market Research

  • Market Research Tools - includes links to government database, free & paid market research reports, academic research database, directory of professional associations, and others.

Feasibility Study

Business Plan

After you have completed researching your market, the next step is to write a business plan and prepare financial projections. We highly advise that you take this step because if you're looking for outside funding such as loans and investments, they ask for your business plan.

Assemble a List of Advisors

SCORE Mentors can help with this.

Accountants and Attorneys are important advisors to your business as well.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides free, confidential consultation to small businesses.

How to Organize your Business

SCORE Mentors do not provide advice on picking the appropriate form of legal entity for your business. We can only provide information on the types of business entities out there. We strongly suggest you consult attorneys and/or accountants for this matter. That said, USC Gould School of Law Small Business Clinic also provided us with the following information sheet for your review. You may wish to get a consultation from the USC Small Business Clinic if interested.

Review Potential Risks for your Business

Bank, Accounting/Finance, Tax Information

How to Open Business Bank Accounts

Accounting System

State and Federal Tax Information for your Business

    Assemble Funding for your Business

    Please visit our dedicated page for this topic.

    Licensing & Permit Information

    Use the information to research the required permits and licenses for your business.

    Business Development (Sales & Marketing)

    Please visit our dedicated page for this topic.

    Labor Laws, Employee vs. Independent Contractors, Healthcare & Safety

    Please visit our dedicated page for this topic.