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Starting Up

Could there be a more exciting time than starting up a business? Probably not. The thought of launching your passion into a for-profit venture requires a tremendous amount of planning and foresight, as well as the right partnerships. Let's get started together.

Step 1. Check your idea is feasible

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Researching the viability of your idea

Find ways to collect accurate information about your business idea. Learn more.

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Protecting your competitive advantage

Learn ways to protect your small business' competitive advantage. Learn more.

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Four strengthening strategies

Use these four strategies to make your start-up strong. Learn more.

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Building Credibility and Authenticity To Compete

Use these tactics to help you build credibility and authenticity. Learn more.

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Choosing A Business Model

Deciding on a business model is one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make as a small business owner. Learn more.

Business Plan Template

A sound, well constructed plan is the blueprint for a small business. 

Step 2. Check if you have the finances

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Calculating the cost of startup

Know what you need before you start. Learn more.

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Sources of small business funding

Six steps for navigating funding. Learn more.

Loan Template

This is an easy-to-use calculator that helps small business owners work out what their repayment schedule would be, how long it will take to pay off the loan and the interest rate.

Break Even Calculator

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Cashflow Forecasting

Find out how a cash flow forecast will help you work out the potential of your business. Learn more.

Cash Flow Improvement Template

This calculator helps determines how much extra profit a business could make by implementing each of the 5 cash flow improvement strategies.

Step 3. Check you are compliant

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Business records you need to keep

Staying on the right side of the IRS. Learn more.

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Keeping track of your finances

In a nutshell - document everything. Learn more.

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Protecting your intellectual property

Maintain a competitive advantage. Learn more.

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Choosing and Registering A Business Name

Choosing a good name can be your best asset. Learn more.

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Creating Terms and Conditions Checklist

Learn the importance of having competitive terms and conditions. Learn more.

Step 4. Launch

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Developing new ways to do business online

Meet your customers where they are. Learn more.

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Growth Checklist

The main areas of focus for getting started in business. Learn more.

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Create A Smart Promotion Plan

Seven promotional planning steps. Learn more.

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Planning An Effective Social Media Strategy

Tips to help you fast track your brand's social media presence. Learn more.

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What To Do Before You Offer Credit

Avoiding unexpected cash flow problems. Learn more.

Advertising Break-Even Template

 This template shows how many products you need to sell to break-even when spending money on advertising.

Customer Stories

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Nick Davis MD and Associates

While working on a home refinance in early 2020 with First Commonwealth, Dr. Nick Davis was introduced to John Walters from... Read more.

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Enginehouse 25 Wines

Running three businesses, Duane and Kate Rieder have come to rely on their partnership with First Commonwealth Bank. Read more.


GaDova Manufacturing

GaDova Manufacturing began as MR Medical Solutions in June of 2007 on a handshake between two colleagues.

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Note that the resources listed here are meant solely as overviews and helpful information. Please consult experts regarding your specific needs for your business.