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Reference Guide to Small Business Information (Library of Congress)
guide to print and electronic resources for entrepreneurs. A little
dated but some of the annual publications are useful.
Electronic Library offers a large collection of small business links.
Business Information-A Mining Co. Guide
This is a
wonderful list of resources with extensive links to Internet small
business sites. Also check out a second Mining Co. Guide on Entrepreneurs
news stories and Internet sites on major small business topics.
The Business Planning Resource Center
small business planning center is focused solely on the business
plan for small- and medium-sized businesses. It contains reports
and advice on putting together a business plan and includes sample
plans from actual businesses.
Art of Writing a Business Plan
Inc. has put
together a list of past articles from its archives to help you get
started in preparing a plan.
to Start a Business: Business Plan
contains an excellent guide for business plans.
Build a Strong Business Plan
inc. magazine site contains articles and other tools to help you
with your plan as well as links to other useful sites and sources
- Business Plans
SBA business plan outline and workshop.
Shareware Library - Files For Starting Your Business
site within the SBA Online gives you lots of choices for developing
business plans. Take a few minutes to look at the templates, software,
and demos available for download.
an Effective Business Plan
business plan workshop from the American Express Small Business
a business plan
contains a paper on the subject of preparing a business plan along
with a worksheet which can be used to help prepare an outline or
detailed plan for a new or an existing business.
a program designed to improve the ability of entrepreneurs to network
with angel (accredited) investors nationwide. This Internet-based
network sponsored by the SBA's Office of Advocacy supports small
companies looking for investors and investors looking for promising
area on CNN Financial Network's site geared toward small business
with news and feature stories.
aims to assist entrepreneurs in obtaining seed level financing by
providing mentoring and access to a network of investors. The site
also provides advice, access to research and reference materials,
and several forums designed to help entrepreneurs launch their businesses.
Entrepreneurs can apply for membership and, after being accepted,
register their startups. Investors can also apply for membership
and find startup opportunities that match their investment preferences.
Visitors can also subscribe to several mailing lists at the site.
Annual Statement Studies
and up-to-date comparative data available by industry with explanations
of material available in the book. Good for use in preparing business
plans and financing proposals since banks use it. You can also order
individual industry reports online for a fee.
Financing Your Business
resource on SBA loan programs and forms, surety bond programs, size
standards, procurement assistance information and publications,
Small Business Investment Companies (SBIC's). Also contains a Finance
Workshop that would be useful for both business owners and small
Employment Law Resource Center
for dealing with difficult management dilemmas, a human resources
bulletin board, several free reports, and many booklets and manuals
(for a fee) on a variety of management topics.
- American Society for Training and Development
association that focuses on raising standards for workplace training.
Check out the extensive list of links to related Internet resources.
- The National Employee Benefits Web Site
library of links, documents, and columns about benefits plans.
for labor and employment law.
Department of Labor - Employment Law Guide
about the regulations and laws applicable to most employers.
the human resources industry.
News USA Online
Department of Commerce Web site is designed to help importers around
the world find the American products or services they would like
to buy. Useful if you are interested in exporting your product or
is a good reference guide for anyone starting out in exporting.
It is available for downloading or printing at no charge - you will
need to provide your e-mail address.
Business Resources on the WWW
provides links to numerous international resources on the Internet.
Maintained by Michigan State University Center for International
Business Education and Research (CIBER).
of Commerce site provides access to other international trade-related
sites, including home pages for specific regions around the world.
Trade Web Resources
of International Trade Associations has compiled a comprehensive
searchable database with more than 2000 links to international trade
resources on the Internet.
- National Trade Data Bank
of Commerce site includes market research reports, country specific
commercial guides, and lists of distributors and agents. Available
on any of the computerss in the College of DuPage Library or on the
campus wide network.
an Internet search engine, has created this compilation of e-commerce
news, information, and resources with links to several online news
sources including Cent's Commerce Reports, Commerce Today, E-CommerceTimes,
and the weekly column on commerce from The New York Times (free
registration required). Also included is a comprehensive set of
links to government information and services, e-commerceorganizations,
technology sites, and online publications.
news, resources and community discussions dealing with Internet
marketing. A very comprehensive site.
to retailing on the Web. A very useful site for doing business online.
You might want to subscribe to their email newsletter as well.
WWW Survey Results
Visualization, & Usability Center (GVU) conducts WWW User Surveys
as a public service, and they are a great resource for businesses
who are interested in the demographics of the Internet.
array of resources and links to sites about Internet-based commerce
with emphasis on Internet technology, marketing, web development
and ISP connections.
This is an
excellent resource for online statistics and trend analysis regarding
Internet commerce. It contains especially useful demographic information
about who uses the Internet.
Watch contains information on search engines for Webmasters, Web
marketers, and others involved with creating and promoting web sites.
Marketing Today Info Center
The Web Marketing
Information Center has links to more than 500 on-line articles about
effective Web marketing and on-line resources for business. An excellent
site for both the novice Web marketer and the expert. Sections include
demographics, Net marketing theory, advertising, promotion, e-zines
and money transactions.
- Electronic Commerce
A wide variety
of links to Internet sites that focus on electronic commerce.
Government Electronic Commerce Policy
about government policies, regulations and news regarding electronic
Small Business Resources and Utilities
A useful site
for internet commerce novices who are thinking about launching a
and past issues of American Demographics for statistical and marketing
information on a wide variety of topics.
home business daily magazine aimed at entrepreneurs looking to start
or expand their own companies. Subscribe to the free e-mail newsletter
or join in the discussion forums.
online version of Entrepreneur Start-ups Magazine with features on specific
types of businesses.
Business Daily (CBDNet)
the Government's official free electronic version of the Commerce
Business Daily. The CBD lists notices of proposed government procurement
actions, contract awards, sales of governmnet property and other
procurement information. A new edition of CBD is issued every business
day with each edition containing approximately 500-1,000 notices.
CBDNet contains notices from December 2, 1996 forward.
and past issues of Entrepreneur magazine.
This is the
online version of Entrepreneur International with trends and ideas
for international business opportunities.
Read the Entrepreneurial
Edge Online with practical hands-on advice for entrepreneurs or
sign up for Entrepreneurial Edge Direct featuring industry-specific
information for small business owners.
Tips and advice
on home offices. Visit the HomeOffice Message Board to post questions
and obtain information from other homebased entrepreneurs.
current and past issues of Inc. Magazine for small business articles.
public relations magazine with tips, advice on how to avoid publicity
blunders, and links to many PR sites on the Internet.
and past issues of the Small Business Journal.
information on advertising law. Includes sample contracts for everything,
including a Checklist for Web Site Development, as well as information
on sweepstakes, games and promotions; and a guide to legal issues
A truly helpful
site when looking for legal information. The list of Web sites is
divided into broad categories such as Professional Development,
Cases and Codes, US Federal Resources, State Laws, News, and Consultants.
A search engine allows you to research specific laws and cases.
Includes many international listings as well.
State and Federal Resources
of Labor Statistics
source of statistical information on the economy, employment, compensation,
benefits, working conditions. Also includes regional information,
recent news releases and the Monthly Labor Review Online.
and State Information Links
a city or state official? This important site, a service of NASCIO
representing chief state information officers, will link you with
state and city offices and agencies nationwide.
of DuPage Library Home Page
Library catalog and selected business databases.
County Development Department
A useful source
of information with countywide population and employment figures,
labor force statistics, and transportation data. Also contains links
to local economic development agencies and municipalities.
of Representatives Small Business Committee
site lets you track small business legislation, provides a directory
of members, and a lists committee press releases.
Department of Commerce & Community
for doing business in Illinois. Select "Doing Business" for useful
links to information regarding permits, licenses, certifications
and fees. Also listed are Small Business Development Centers throughout
the state. Information on state business financing programs are
included as well.
Gateway: Department of Business Services
to Business" for small business services. Contains forms and fee
information for registering with the Secretary of State's Office.
Also contains a Corporate Name Database which allows you to do a
preliminary search on corporate name availability in Illinois.
of Commerce site provides access to other international trade-related
sites, including home pages for specific regions around the world.
Business Network | State Resources
and The Oasis Press, publisher of the SmartStart Your (any state)
Business series of books, provides a list of small business-oriented
resources - federal, state and associations.
Small Business Administration
source for accurate, timely information for the entrepreneurial
community. The place to start all searches for information or help.
Committee on Small Business
The U.S. Senate
Small Business Committee's Homage lets you keep track of pending
legislation and provides a medium to let them know what is on your
mind. The site includes publications, roster information, legislation,
and hearing schedules.
Business Regulatory Compliance Assistance
to assist small businesses in complying with rules, regulations
and laws enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor.
site of the Social Security Administration; everything you need
to know about Social Security, including how to calculate your earnings
and withholdings correctly.
provides business with one-stop access to federal government information,
services, and transactions.
information that can help you market your business. Census reports
and many other surveys are available online.
Environmental Protection Agency
about assistance, compliance, regulations and pollution prevention.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
EEOC has info
specifically addressed to small businesses. The aim of the Web page
is to provide small businesses with information about how to avoid
workplace discrimination disputes.
you want to know about the post office. You can download business
forms, find zip codes, and get postage rates.
Securities and Exchange Commission
information from the SEC.
and promotion resources.
metasite with links to a wide variety of advertising resources on
City Business Journals
and articles from business journals in 39 U.S. cities.
-- Business Planning Tools
Desk for Web Marketers, CyberAtlas contains market research on the
Internet from a variety of sources.
release distribution service with over 2000 media subscribers worldwide.
Specializes in Web-related material; targeted modules are also available
for other industries.
an excellent site. If you want to talk selling; read about selling;
buy sales aids, instructions or tools from their sales store; or
submit your own selling article, this is the sales place to be.
directories of trade show events are an excellent resource for researching
the best shows to market your products.
Marketing Today Info Center
links to thousands of on-line articles about effective Web marketing
and to on-line resources for business. Also subscribe to Web Marketing
Today, a free, monthly e-mail newsletter.
Association for the Self-Employed
Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) provides the small business
owner with news, resources, legislative advocacy and membership
benefits such as health insurance.
National Federation of Independent Business
NFIB is an
advocacy group for small business owners. Their well designed site
keeps you up-to-date with the latest national and state-by-state
news for small business. They encourage your comments on current
events, politics and policy as it affects small business, and provide
addresses to reach your representatives. The site includes regularly
changing workshops on marketing, accounting and finance, management,
technology, and microbusiness.
of Interest to Educators
for Entrepreneurial Leadership Clearinghouse on Entrepreneurship
An ERIC adjunct
clearinghouse, CELCEE identifies curriculum guides, articles, and
reports that have been written on various aspects of entrepreneurship
education at all levels.
Publications for Entrepreneurship
Publications in Entrepreneurship and Related Fields: A Guide To
Getting Published gives the definitive list of journals directly
involved in publishing research in entrepreneurship and related
fields. It also provides a rundown on proceedings and other publication
- Business Plan Workshop
outline and tutorial.
understanding and presenting the following topics: SBA credit issues;
SBA loan programs available to a small business; SBA loan programs
available to a lender; eligibility criteria for a business loan;
and the application process.
contains an overview of franchising and the franchise contract with
useful self-paced activities and an entrepreneurial checklist for
useful outline for presenting the purpose and elements of a marketing
Small Business Classroom
The SBA offers
short, self-paced learning modules on popular small business topics.
Current offerings include Y2K, the business plan (both in English
and Spanish) and how to raise capital for a small business. Additional
modules will be added in the future. Faculty may find the online
format and course contents of interest.
and Running A Small Business
Express Small Business Exchange
site with useful online guides and resources on all aspects of small
business. Entrepreneurs can obtain personalized advice and advertise
their products or services for free.
A very comprehensive
site with listings of business resources, articles, web sites, newsgroups,
shareware and discussion forums for small business owners, professionals,
and home office entrepreneurs. The links to Internet resources on
a wide variety of small business topics are especially valuable.
Week Enterprise: The Small Business Resource
Business Week magazine, Business Week Enterprise is a new resource
center for small business owners. The News Center covers current
issues from the perspective of small business owners and an array
of columns provide advice, web site recommendations, and book excerpts.
Other resources include financial calculators, a glossary of terms,
and market research links.
Business Owner's Toolkit
wide variety of useful worksheets, forms, plans, checklists and
sample policies in the following categories: finance, compensation
and benefits, employee management, firing and termination, marketing,
recruiting and hiring, business start-up, and worker safety.
resource for home-based entrepreneurs who are trying to run both
a business and a family from home.
Small Business Toolkit
comprehensive site with essential information on starting and expanding
your business. Also includes very useful business tools such as
checklists, model business plans, forms and other business documents
that you can download and use.
to Start a Business
Delta College and the Orange County Small Business Development Centers
have developed an entire book online. It has hypertext links to
related resources around the Web. You can go through the book by
chapter or subject, or you can go directly to the list of links
to other Web sites. Also includes a good bibliography.
Cafe: The Small Business Channel
A lively site
for entrepreneurs with small business profiles, how-to articles,
and a chance to interact with other small business owners.
from the editors of Inc, Magazine is a comprehensive source of information
on business start-ups, finance, business technology, international
business, and the Internet. Faculty and trainers will find useful
outlines for course materials.
-- North American Industry Classification System
Industrial Classification System of 1997 now replaces the Standard
Industrial Classification (SIC) of 1987. This is the Census Bureau
site that explains the new system and shows the comparison classification
Small Business Administration
This is the
premier site on the Internet for entrepreneurs with a wide variety
of SBA reports and publications on starting, financing and expanding
your business. The "Other Resources" section is also useful with
links to thousands of Internet sites on small business topics. Of
interest as well is the SBA classroom with online course offerings
on topics of interest to small business owners.
- Service Corps Of Retired Executives
by SCORE in partnership with the SBA, this site offers counseling
via e-mail, free financial management guides, guest articles and
source of articles, reports and links to Internet sites on small
Business Knowledge Base
This Web resource
offers useful links for entrepreneurs in several broad areas of
See site description
under Women Entrepreneurs. This is an excellent source of information
for both women and men with emphasis on business skills training.
Business Corner - IRS
Business Corner provides links to items on the Digital Daily which
are helpful to small businesses.
Business Taxes & Management
of The Small Business Tax Review, providing news and analysis of
tax law changes, finance, and management.
- Simplified Tax and Wage Reporting System
provides a gateway for linking employers to the sites of relevant
government agencies, enabling them to access information, forms,
regulations and publications for tax and wage reporting purposes.
and Accounting Sites Directory
A meta tax
site with links to federal tax law, state taxes, tax updates, discussion
forums, forms and articles.
Information For Business - IRS
contains frequently requested business publications and forms, a
tax calendar for small business, and links to items helpful to small
business on the IRS Digital Daily online news publication.
resource center of tax information at the federal, state and local
A site for women
in business. Access the BusinessWoman's Internet Directory for online
resources or join the chatroom to talk with other women entrepreneurs.
Office of Women's Business Ownership
This site contains
useful links to special SBA services for women entrepreneurs in the
areas of training, counseling, financing and procurement.
This is an outstanding
information resource on small business practices and techniques in
the areas of marketing, finance, management, technology and procurement.
Faculty and trainers would also find this site useful for planning
course syllabi in these areas. Both women and men should visit this
Judy Wagner, Business
College of DuPage Library
Revised: November, 2002.