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So you think you want to own your own business. Call the shots. Be the boss. Your first step is to make sure this is really what you want to do. Take the time to evaluate your present situation and actually write down your goals. What are your reasons for going into business for yourself? What skills do you have? What do you enjoy doing? How can these be incorporated into a successful venture?

Do your research. One of the most comprehensive sources of information for the entrepreneur is the United States Small Business Administration. And, the easiest way to get to this organization is to visit This site offers information including everything from actually determining whether you should even start a business to how to go about obtaining financing. There's a step-by-step tutorial on writing a business plan and even a Startup Kit for the budding entrepreneur. That's just the beginning; the site is loaded with details on various regulations and offers links to all sorts of helpful services.

Trade Organizations

The National Network of Embroidery Professionals – (NNEP) saves new embroiderers time and money with discounts for garments, stock designs, supplies, credit card processing, business insurance, tv commercial, 800 free hotline number for marketing and pricing support AND much more!

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Industry trade magazines and tradeshows are also a good place to start. Get yourself involved in the industry to make sure this is the path you want to take.


Impressions- - This monthly publication provides news, "how-to" features and product information for executives and managers in the embroidery / monogram business.

Printwear Magazine - This monthly publication is for the Business of Decorated Apparel. Each issue contains a timely mix of informative how-to articles, written by working apparel decorators and other industry authorities--all of whom have "done it themselves".

Industry Trade Shows:

The Imprinted Sportswear Shows
- - One of the major industry trade show organizations, ISS hosts various shows in regions throughout the country. Geared toward the imprinted sportswear, embroidery, textile screen printing, and promotional products industries. Also features embroidery and business seminars.

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The PRINTWEAR Show - - A product of National Business Media, the PRINTWEAR Show encompasses a wide range of graphic related products including embroidery, engraving, screen printing, ad specialty and more.

Embroidery Mart - - Sponsored by the National Network of Embroidery Professionals, The Embroidery Mart promotes itself as the largest "embroidery only" show in existence. Features thousands of products for your commercial embroidery business.


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