To start a business you are going to first need
to incorporate your business, which will require
a lawyer. I actually just did this and the lawyers
fees were about $500. The lawyer will get you
started on the incorporation and from there you
will need to register your business with the IRS
-- depending on what type of business you want
start you will need to fill out different forms
-- and from here, you
also need to register with your state.
The best bet is to contact the Small Business
Administration, which has an office in every state.
They will have loan information for you, including
minority and women's funding -- which they administer.
I hope that gets you started