Plan a business

There are a number of steps to take in planning to open a new business or opening a business in Richland for the first time. Generally, prior to siting a location for the business or obtaining any permits or licenses you will need to access resources that help you define:

  • Your business model
  • Your customer segment
  • The type of legal entity your business will operate as
  • Where and how you can secure financing
  • What local resources exist to help you plan for your business

Follow the links below to access more detailed resources for planning your business:

Business Plan
Components of a business plan, resources to help you write and fulfill your plan, and sample templates


Entity Structure
Sole Proprietorship, Limited Liability Company, Cooperative, Corporation, Partnership, S Corporation


Local banks, loan grantors, and other financing institutions


Local Resources
Business counseling and startup resources