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Congratulations to you on your successes so far. I admire your interest and dedication.
I think that you should contact SCORE (Senior Core of Retired Executives) in your community. Meet with one or more of these retired executives and work with them to develop a business plan. This service is completely free. Then go from there. You might also check with the Small Business Administration in your area as well as the Executive Director of your Chamber of Commerce.
Perhaps, next you could meet with some religious leaders to see if they could ether promote or financially support your initiative as well.
Best wishes!!! Check back with me if I can be of further support. Ron
You will have numerous issues to deal with... including possibly zoning. You need insurance... and the list goes on. Your SCORE executive should be able to help you sort all of this out. Yes it is complicated. Laws differ on this from state to state.
Exactly... You need to have an expert read (for example) your insurance policies and see if everyone is covered. If you handle funds from donations, etc. you may have certain audit requirements. You have certain filing requirements with the secretary of state. You may have some department of health requirements and the list goes on. That is why you need to spend sometime with an expert... SCORE should be a great starting point.