Business Survival Checklist

The San Diego & Imperial SBDC Regional Network strives to support local small businesses in all aspects of their creation, operation, and growth. The following list aims to provide a basic outline of what a small business should have in place to be operationally successful. There are many more necessary steps for small businesses to remain successful in the long-term. If you are ready to take your business to the next step, or you need help completing items on the checklist below contact your nearest SBDC today to set up an appointment with a professional business consultant.

“Taking Care of Business Checklist”

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Have an updated business plan

Ensure you keep cash reserves

Create a mission statement for your business

Cultivate a strong relationship with clients, vendors, media, employees, and community

Determine that all insurance, licenses,

permits and legal documents

are in order

Consistently review health of your financials

Develop good hiring practices

Keep your financials in order

Ensure your marketing program is performing

Have a personal FICO score of 680+

Conduct market research

Develop operating procedures

Have a current marketing

and promotions plan

Continually forecast for upcoming expenditures

Develop a growth and expansion strategy that fits your business

Get online

Have a feasible budget in place

Call your SBDC for any questions or help you may need