Start your Business Checklist
To start you off on the right track we’ve created a “Start your Business Checklist”. Keep in mind that it is not intended to include every step you need to officially open your doors. It should be used as a reference guide only.
Step 1: Plan your Business
Start your Research
Thinking about starting a business? Be sure to know what to expect. Here are useful online resources to start you off. Arizona Commerce Authority Small Business Checklist. http://www.azcommerce.com/programs/small-business-services http://www.azcommerce.com/small-business/small-business-checklist
Mentoring and Training
Taking classes and attending workshops are a great way to gain the knowledge you will need to successfully start and run your business. Find out what mentoring and business coaching is available in Payson & The Rim Country. http://www.rimcountrychamber.com/
Research your Market
Take time up front to determine who your customers are and where you will find them. For help in researching your market. http://www.azcommerce.com/start-up
Write your Business Plan
Documenting your ideas will help you create a roadmap for success. You can find free business plans and financial planning templates online at Small Business Development Center website.http://eac.edu/sbdc/
Assemble your Business Team
Many successful entrepreneurs assemble a business team early on to advise them on financial, legal and insurance matters. Check with trade associations and business organizations for qualified attorneys, accountants and insurance providers in the area.
Funding is an important piece of your business foundation so that you will be prepared for every expense that may crop up along the way. https://clients.azsbdc.net/mapresults.aspx?Area=Gila+County&groupby=area
Step 2: Set Up your Business
Determine a Business Structure
Since your business is a legal entity, you will need to decide on a business structure for legal and tax purposes. It is always a good idea to check with an attorney or accountant for guidance on how best to structure your business. For a list of business structures, visit the State of Arizona Corporation Commission. http://www.azcc.gov/
Choose a Business Name
The name of your business is important for branding everything from business cards to the sign above your door. Do a thorough search on all potential business names to avoid possible infringement on a reserved name. The first step to researching a name for a corporation or a LLC is to search the Office of Secretary of State. You will also need to register your business or trade name with the State of Arizona. For FAQs about researching and registering trade names, visit the State of Arizona Business Licensing page. Don’t forget to secure your website domain name so that people can find you online, too. Registered domain name lookup can be found on https://www.whois.net/
Register a Business Structure
Corporations & Limited Liability companies need to register with Arizona Secretary of State first to obtain a UBI number. Businesses with other business structures register at the Business Licensing Service of Arizona State (BLS) to obtain a UBI number. For more information, see the small business guide. http://www.azcc.gov/
Be sure to register your business correctly with federal, state, county and city agencies. At a minimum, you will be required to have a Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN), Arizona State business license and UBI Number, and City of Payson business license. Additional licenses and fees may be required and vary by business type. Note: For more detailed information, go to the licenseand requirements page. http://www.paysonaz.gov/Departments/CommunityDev/business-license.html
Step 3: Decide on a Location
Depending on the type of business you plan to open, think through your location options. Will you be launching your business from home or will you need a retail, commercial or industrial space? http://cazbr.com/
Step 4: Set up Operations
From buying supplies and inventory to setting up internet access, streamlining your internal processes and procedures will pay off.
Choose your accounting method–consult with an accountant
Determine your business tax year
Pay for your business licenses, permits and other fees
Understand your tax obligations
Step 5: Hire Employees (if applicable)
Most businesses start off small. If you need extra staff, learn the difference between hiring an independent contractor and an employee. If you decide to hire employees, you will be required to fill out a new State of Arizona Business Application and register them for workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance. Visit the State of Arizona https://des.az.gov/services/employment/unemployment-employer/employer-requirements-record-keeping
Step 6: Sales and Marketing
Now is the time to think through how you will spread the word about your products and services to reach the right customers. Start networking, get advice, or attend a marketing class to get more help with this crucial part of your business success.
Step 7: Open Your Doors – Celebrate!
Greg and Cari Day opened Macky's Grill in 1996 on a shoestring budget.
Macky's was named after Cari's Grandpa Mac, a fun loving Irish Cowboy.
He loved great food, great drink and sitting' around the campfire singing songs.
Greg & Cari "grew up" in the restaurant business. Greg's Mom started him in a restaurant in Oregon and taught him how to make their famous burgers.
Later, when Cari's Mom ate one of Greg's delicious burgers, she told Cari, "He makes the best burgers I've ever had; you need to marry that man." Cari did and her Mom has been eating Macky's burgers happily ever since.
That was nearly three decades ago and the saga continues...
It has been a family affair with all three of Greg & Cari's kids growing up and side by side with them.
Over the year’s friend and manager, Kristy Ulmer has become part of the Macky's Family. Kristy is always ready with a smile and a warm greeting. She works hard to ensure a great meal is served by Payson's friendliest staff.
Everyone at Macky's enjoys getting to know the many welcome visitors that make Macky's a regular stop for locals and travelers.
"The Town of Payson has welcomed us and we are so happy to call Payson our home." stated Cari Day.
Macky”s Grill is open 7 days a week.