Choosing a legal form for your business

Choosing a Legal Form for your Business

Businesses can be legally incorporated in different ways and each way has its advantages and disadvantages. Legal forms of incorporation include Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Limited Liability Company and Corporation. Each form has its own legal liabilities and ways of handling income taxes, protection of assets and transferring the business.

Register a Business

How to register a business name in NH

If the business you plan to start will be named anything other than your own name, you must register it with the New Hampshire Secretary of State. If you are doing business under your own name, registration is not required, but is desirable. Registration helps identify who is operating a particular business. Register the business name early, before spending money on marketing materials! 

Building a Business Plan

Building a business plan

Every business starting out needs to begin with a Business Plan. It is the foundation upon which your business will be built. A business plan gives your idea for a great product or service the concrete details that will help you get started and help you find financing for your business if you need it. It will then become a roadmap guiding you as you launch and grow your business. 


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Tilton Veterinary Clinic: A Dream Come True

This client story/blog article is a part of NH SBDC's "reprint" series drawn from the Finance Guide, published in the October 2016 issue of Business NH Magazine, and is a longer version of the article found there.

Sara Laroux hoped to run her own veterinary clinic one day. Sara earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2003 and an MBA in 2005, and then in 2014 her dream became a reality when she took over the Tilton Veterinary Hospital.