Business Services

Starting a Business

Thinking of starting your own business? The United States economy if fueled by the passion and commitment of small business owners. Handy Store Fixtures for over 60 years has worked hand and hand with independent retailers across the United States.  From store planning to manufacturing to in-store installations, Handy Store Fixtures has all your solutions.

The United States Small Business Administration have listed these resources below as helpful guides in making your dream of entrepreneurship a reality:

·         Is Entrepreneurship for You?

·         20 Questions Before Starting

·         10 Steps to Starting a Business

·         10 Questions Every Entrepreneur should ask Suppliers

·         Understand your Market

·         Business Data and Statistics

·         Business Types

Small Business Loans and Grants

There are several different loan programs designed by the United States Government designed to provide business related loans to American small businesses.  The three most common loan programs recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration are the 7(a) Loan Program, Microloan Program, and CDC/504 Loan Program.  Please click here to perform a personal loans and grants search using the SBA website.

The U.S. Small Business Administration does not provide grants for starting or expanding business. On the other hand, some grants are available through state and local programs.  Application for Construction and Non-Construction grants can be found by clicking here.

Growing your Business

You realized your dream of opening your own business, great! What’s next? How do you keep your business alive and profitable? The U.S. Small Business Administration offers these insights on how small business owners can compete successfully in today competitive business environment.

·         Forecasting for Growth

·         Using Technology to stay Competitive

·         Ideas for Growing your Business

·         Develop a Marketing Plan

·         Financing Growth

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is the U.S. Small Business Administration’s largest non-financial program.  The United States Small Business Development Center meet the needs of all small businesses and helps promote economic development within communities. Services such as, research & development, ecommerce, OSHA compliances, development of business plans, and financial assistants are some of the services SBDC’s provide. Click here to find a local SBDC near you.


U.S. Department of Labor Laws and Regulations

·         General Question & Answer Guide to Employment Law - Complete overview of employment laws, providing assistance for workers & small businesses

·         Compliance Assistance - Very simple and easy‐to‐access information on how to comply with federal employment laws.


Wages & Work Hours

·         Consumer Credit Protection Act

·         The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

·         The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)/Child Labor

·         The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

·         Minimum Wage Laws in the States

·         Overtime Pay

·         Work Hours

·         Seasonal/Part-Time Employment

Workplace Safety & Health

·         OSHA Training – Small Business‐friendly website by Amboy Associates, providing comprehensive overview of most OSHA activities.

·         OSHA Small Business Web Page

·         The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act

·         Occupational Safety & Health Standard Industrial Classification Search

·         OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements