SLD small business resources

SLD offers the following materials to support the growth of small businesses in our community. Although there are many resources online, we discovered there wasn't concise writing specific to the decisions a business owner needs to make in order to create safe, sustainable, and attractive physical space for their business to grow into. We pooled our knowledge to give you basic tools to get the most out of the design process.

1 New Business Checklist
Information on starting a business, a checklist for hiring employees, and questions you may want to ask your accountant…

2 When Do You Need a Structural Engineer?
What is a structural engineer and why you might need one…

3 Types of Design Professionals
What design professionals do in various disciplines and their services…

4 How To Get The Most Out of Working With Your Design Professional
Advice for communicating with a design professional to your best advantage… 

5 The dreaded "B" word
Plan for and work within your budget to achieve your project goals…

6 Scheduling: How long does this take?
Fundamentals and decisions which may assist in estimating project timelines…

7 What Project Delivery Method is Right for You?
    Competitive Bidding vs. Negotiated Contracts in Building Construction

Guide to selecting the best delivery method based upon your project goals…

8 What You Could Be In For... Part I
8 What You Could Be In For... Part II
8 What You Could Be In For... Part III
Explore NYS and local regulations which may affect your project and timeline…