Recommended Startup Steps for a Restaurant

  • Create a business plan with financial projections
  • Establish an LLC or DBA
  • Decide on a type of restaurant (franchise, carry out, food truck and/or “brick and mortar”)
  • Contact Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for market analysis/foot traffic and business mentoring
  • Set up a bank account in the business name
  • Secure partners or investors, if needed
  • Secure financing/start-up capital, if needed
  • Find a location, if needed
  • Check for necessary permits based on location
  • Complete ServSafe® training and certification
  • Create a website, if needed
  • Claim your business listing with Google
  • Hire employees

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