So you want to launch a business.

First question to ask yourself: Are you sure you’re ready?

That’s not to say you’re not a fantastically savvy entrepreneur, or that there’s reason to assume your venture will crash and burn. But current statistics estimate that a hefty chunk of  startups are destined to fail in the first year. And there are a slew of things to know before getting started down the business path.

Startups all look a little different, but there is a solid set of advice, know-how and to-do’s you’ll want to pay attention to before rushing in. From marketing to time management, to finances and firing, it’s important to do research and understand in advance how to build a business.

Ready to take the plunge – or want to get solid advice from business experts before launching? We’ve got you covered:

Join us Friday, June 9th, 1-2 p.m. for Biz503: How to Build a Business. Listen live at 99.1 FM in the heart of Portland – or online anywhere at

Our current Biz503 series is about taking your idea from a concept to profitability, and all the steps along the entrepreneurial way. This week we’re tackling the questions are business-building, and how to enter the startup game primed for success.


Mike Rogoway, business writer, The Oregonian

Halley Gray, founder/marketing manager, Evolve and Succeed


Luna Jaffe, financial planner, Lunaria Financial

Adam Shearer, principal/creative director, WEINLANDcreative

Sean Harry, business advisor/instructor, Portland Community College SBDC

This week on Biz503 Immix Law Group, trusted legal advisors to startups and small business, will give away a free hour of legal work on an issue or challenge you’re facing in your business. (Terms and conditions of an engagement letter will apply.) Listen to the live show for a chance to text-to-win!