The assessment phase researching the potential for a new product you would market is typically crucial to success. You may want to view websites for potential competitors, their products, marketing approaches and whether their product may be substantially similar to the candy product you would offer.
You may also find it helpful to talk with local cancer agencies and heath care providers, oncologists, etc. regarding the potential comfort and assist your product may offer as well as their receptivity to it. They may also be able to suggest appropriate and sensitive marketing approaches. For example, you may find that it may be best to offer your product through an existing company that already offers similar such comfort products rather than build and promote your own.
SCORE, Counselors to America's Small Business, at http://www.score.org can provide local face to face or online free assistance with the potential start-up and investigation of your business. SCORE counselors are experienced business persons who can offer guidance as to formation of a company (corporation or Limited Liability Company) to protect you personally from activity and financial liability, assist you in your development of a business plan (tools are also available online to develop business plans or at your local library). Financing options even SBA loan guarantees may be potentials.
To form a company to protect you from personal activity and financial liability (please see:
Once you have formed a company under Illinois corporate laws, you can file with the IRS for an employer identification number:
Since you will be promoting a food candy product you may want to contact the US Department of Agriculture Food and Drug Administration for guidance as well:
I hope this information is helpful and responsive to your question. If you would like further clarification, please let me know. There are companies that will help develop and market new inventions such as yours, however, please carefully research them and any costs involved to ensure your protection and that of any investment you may make in that regard.
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