Starting a Business

At M&T, we have the right business banking tools and personalized guidance to help start your business. We're here to provide you with the expert advice you need to take your business idea from a dream to reality.

Welcome to the M&T Bank Business Education Center. 

We’re here to help budding entrepenures build their knowledge of what to expect when starting a business from the ground up. Our playlists are designed to help boost your confidence in understanding aspects of running a successful business as well as offer important advice to help you prepare for the future, no matter where you are in your journey.

Before You Get Started

Starting your own business is exciting but we know the process can be intimidating. We've compiled our top resources for new entrepreneurs to hit the ground running. Once you have the basics, you can start working on a business plan that clearly outlines your vision.

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Creating a Business Plan

You can’t create a business plan without first understanding what goes into it. Check out the resources below to jump-start your draft.

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Raising Capital

Understanding your potential business’ financial needs can help determine the funding sources that best meet those needs. The resources below will help to inform you of your next steps.

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Marketing a Business

A thoughtful marketing plan go a long way in accelerating the growth of your business. Curious about how to get started? Check out the tools below for more information.

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Preparing Taxes

Keeping your financials organized and up-to-date are important parts of starting a business. Consult the resources below for insight on how to get prepared.

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Protecting Your Business

Protecting your new business and all that comes along with it is imperative to ensuring successful operations. Dive into the insights below for considerations on how to get started.

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Based on Greenwich Associates 2020 Small Business Banking Excellence Awards.
According to statistics released by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for total approved loans through the SBA's 7(a) lending program during the federal fiscal year ending 9/30/2020.
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Owners of the Charmery
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