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THE BUSINESS OF ART :: LEGAL & TAX ISSUES :: STARTING A COMPANY

Thinking of starting an informal group, non-profit, business or something entirely new but don't know where to begin? The following Web sites, articles and resources offer wide-ranging information on this topic. You may also want to consider fiscal sponsorship as an alternative to incorporation.

Link outside of City of Seattle web  American Association of Community Theatre
How to start a theatre company - basics to consider, mission, by-laws, and resources.

Link outside of City of Seattle web  American Express
Creating an Effective Business Plan

Link outside of City of Seattle web  Americans for the Arts Sample Documents
Examples of annual reports, staff and board policies, and other fundamental resources from a variety of arts organizations across the country to help you form and improve your organization's strategies and procedures.

Link outside of City of Seattle web  BizPlanIt's Virtual Business Plan
Fundamentals to consider, common mistakes to avoid, advice, articles, tips, tools and links related to each section of a business plan.

Link outside of City of Seattle web  Doing Business in Seattle
Navigate and find answers to City of Seattle business processes, regulations, and policies -- and gain access to needed resources.

Link outside of City of Seattle web  How to Start a Nonprofit Corporation
Tips, tools and resources to help you do-it-yourself or hire an attorney to assist you. From nonprofitlaw.com.

Link outside of City of Seattle web  Internal Revenue Service
An interactive online training designed by the IRS to provide the tools and knowledge you need to keep your organizationís non-profit tax exempt status intact.

Link outside of City of Seattle web  Guide to Seattle's Business License & Taxes
Find answers to business license and taxes questions such as how to file a tax return, what is an admission tax, what's the difference between an "exemption" and a "deduction".

Link outside of City of Seattle web  Starting a Business in Washington State
Step by step information on how to start a business in Washington State.

Link outside of City of Seattle web  United States Small Business Administration
Start-up basics for businesses - essentials of a good business plan, creating a marketing plan, employees, financing, and more.

Link outside of City of Seattle web  Washington Lawyers for the Arts
How to Form a Non-Profit Organization and other non-profit issues are covered at Washington Lawyers for the Arts' monthly legal clinic in Seattle.

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