Nothing can substitute for the benefits of having a good accountant and attorney to help you along your way toward starting a new business. A good way to begin your own research is to contact your town hall. Ordinances and regulations vary from town to town.
Here is a checklist from the Cape Cod Business Journal for starting a new business.
(This is not meant to be a substitute for a good accountant or attorney.)
Ask your attorney about:
* The pros and cons of sole proprietorships,
partnerships, and incorporation
* Incorporation papers and filing fees
* Corporate resolutions, bylaws, and minutes
* Corporate stock authorization, and issuing
* Leases for equipment, office space, and vehicles
* Contracts between you and employees,
suppliers, and customers
* The benefits of written personnel policies and procedures
* State, county, and local licenses for such things as alcohol, food, milk, elevators, plumbing, electrical work, fishing, street vending, entertainment, video games, juke boxes, lodging, fire safety, occupancy,
* Music copyright licenses from ASCAP and BMI