Jeff, mostly what I wanted to do here was welcome you to our forums. You have found the BEST place to get answers to all your questions. You are starting out with 10, of whichever you figure out will suit your needs best. I would go with nucs personally. Already well on their way to building up. All your questions will be answered.
Why don't you take a few minutes to update your profile to tell us your location and also in the greetings forum, tell us about you too, when you have some spare time, no pressure. Anyways, ask all your questions and remember there is no question that is not worthy of an answer, all questions are good. We all began once upon a time with beekeeping too, we asked questions, many of them. Have a wonderful and beautiful day, love our life. Cindi