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Entrepreneurship - Starting Your Own Business

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Determining Costs & Funding Your Business

Costs are very difficult (if not impossible) to find. Financials are available for public companies, but only include what companies are required to disclose. The resources listed are your best bets for finding information to help you estimate costs for your own business.

Overall Costs


Shipping Costs


Sometimes you can find ad rates for specific newspapers/magazines, tv, and radio stations by searching their websites. Look for their 'Media Kit'. 


Use these websites to search retail listings for commercial space available for lease to get a sense of rent costs for your desired location.

Legal Services

Guides for Getting Funding

The Library has many books about securing investments for a new business. Some of these are listed below. To see more books on this topic, try these subject searches: 

New business enterprises -- Finance

Crowd funding

Venture capital

Small business -- Finance