The technical start up info. comes from your state. I found all the numbers online at my states site. All you have to do is tell them your starting a business and need a tax number. They'll send you a tax package with tons of info. and forms (if you ask for it). They even have a "how to" packet for new businesses that will explain everything you need to do. My states web site had all the info I ever needed.
I found my local heath department was very nice and would tell me anything I wanted to know about what they accept and don't. Then when looking for locations I also found calling the cities planning board helpful to some extent with leads of spaces.
I can't think of the exact title of the thread I had but others here posted great info for me to follow. If you can find that it will be helpful for you. Kuan also is a weath of tech. info.
Here are some sites I thought had good info. on starting a business:http://www.score.orghttp://www.comerce.state.il.us/
(but you need to use Oregons intitals, I don't know them)http://www.marksonline.com/http://www.nolo.com/lawcenter/ency/index.cfm/catID/1
! I liked this site alot, scroll down to the small business info.http://www.starchefs.com/business_to...ml/index.shtmlhttp://www.corporate.com/http://www.firstgov.gov/http://www.trademark-usa.com/http://www.rbanet.com/resources/mbooks.htm
My experience with SCORE was I had to be pushy to get anything back from them. Even so they never mailed me info on any of their classes available. I was disappointed with my area rep. but the people in your area might be much better.
Also I think it's really important to do your paper work ahead. I gathered as much info as possible on similar businesses, getting their price lists (wholesale and retail) and what they were offering. Yes, your business will be different then any others but the second you contact prospective accounts they want details about product and prices. Look professional and have all your duck in a row. A bad first impression is hard to fix. Just as don't open your doors unless your looking and tasting great. Bad words spread faster then good words.
I have copies of wedding cake contracts if you need them. Cindy advertised in a local mailer with a coupon, I thought that was nice!
Finding help in some areas can be a nightmare!! Make certain you have a source for skilled help. Not necesarily a cooking school source but some areas you can't even find unskilled help that will work for min. wage.
Also since your good with the computor...I did all my own business cards and literature myself to save money. I thought Microsoft Publisher was a breeze to use and looked as professional as any product I've seen. I found it easy to import my photos into it and write up brocures.