Hi Eric Duncan,
This is what you need to do to get started with an empty Sitefinity project:
1.Download one of the archives - for instance Community edition project for .NET 3.5 (zip, 16 MB).
2. Extract the files to a folder of your server.
3. Grant the ASPNET account full permissions for the App_Data folder.
4. Create a virtual directory in IIS and choose the physical folder where the extracted project resides for its content.
5. Create a new database.
6. Access the virtual directory from the browser and set up the project.
the Telerik team