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GETTING STARTED

Business Gateway

 

FirstGov directory for small business resources.

The Business Start Page

 

This site covers various aspects of starting a small business.

CCH Business Owner's Toolkit

 

From the Commerce Clearing House, this site provides detailed information for starting your own business.

Center for Business Planning
 

Information on every area of planning a business including: acquiring venture capital, defining new products, market analysis, competitive analysis, production management, tax problems, legal issues, preparing financial statements, writing a business plan and much more.

Edward Lowe Peerspectives

 

The "Insight On" section provides information on various topics in small business including marketing and human resources.

Entrepreneur's Guide to Small Business Information
 

List of small business resources created by the Library of Congress.

Entrepreneur's Help Page
 

Basic information on legal, financial, and management issues that "commonly affect (or afflict!) people who are just starting up their businesses." Extensive articles on opening and financing businesses. Legal resources regarding incorporation, intellectual property, taxation, contracts, and links to legal forms.

Minority Business Development Agency
 

From the Department of Commerce, this directory is for minorities interested in starting a small business.

Online Women's Business Center
 

Created by the Small Business Administration focusing on women and business.

Startup Journal
 

From the Wall Street Journal, this site provides lots of information for entrepreneurs.

U.S. Small Business Administration
 

The place for small business information.

Web Marketing Info Center
 

Great directory for marketing and other online business resources.

Yahoo! Small Business
 

Directory with a list of small business sites.

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MAGAZINES & JOURNALS

Academy of Marketing Review

BusinessWeek

Entrepreneur Magazine
Hispanic Business
Inc. Magazine
Income Opportunities Online
Las Vegas Review Journal

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FINANCING RESOURCES

Angel Investor News

 

Directory site that provides entrepreneurs and investors with information about private investment, technology trends and financing trends.

Businessfinance
 

Businessfinance offers free business funding resources and has a database of over 4000 sources of business capital.

Financing Small Business Enterprises

 

Created by the Library of Congress, this directory contains a list of publications related to small business financing.

Venture Capital Marketplace
  A place for investors and people looking for investment capital.
VFinance
  Great site that allows entrepreneurs to search for lenders, angel investors and other financing sources.

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LEGAL INFORMATION

Business.gov: Business Law (formerly BusinessLaw.gov)

Legal Guide for Starting and Running a Small Business

 

An e-book about the fundamentals of starting a small business.
Nolo Law for All: Small Business Legal Information

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BUSINESS PLANS

Business Plan Basics

 

From the U.S. Small Business Administration, this site provides detailed information on writing business plans.

Small Business Is Here

 

Small business directory with information on business plans.

Template Gallery

 

From the SCORE organization, this site has sample business plans for new and existing businesses.

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MARKETING & DEMOGRAPHICS

Advertising Age

 

Contains lots of useful information on advertising. Click on "Data Center" for current research.

Advertising World

 

From the University of Texas at Austin, this site provides links to advertising and marketing related websites.

American FactFinder
  From the Census Bureau, this site provides access to various data including population, housing, and economics. Data is available for states, counties and cities.
Consumer Expenditure Survey

 

Compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the program consists of two surveys: the quarterly Interview survey and the Diary survey. Provides information on the buying habits of American consumers, including data on their expenditures, income, and consumer unit (families and single consumers) characteristics.
FedStats
  Contains statistics ranging from agriculture to wages. Compiled from over 100 federal government agencies. Site allows you to search data by agency, subject, or keyword.
Green Book: Inernational Directory of Marketing Research & Services
  Profiles marketing research agencies, both domestic and abroad. Provides information concerning the services and facilities available from each agency. Site allows you to search by location, research services, and research specialty.
The Marketing Virtual Library
 

Index to marketing sources. Provides information on market research, internet marketing, and advertising.

Sales & Marketing.com
 

This online magazine provides useful information for executives in sales, marketing, and management. Click on "Reports & Analysis" for current research and "Business Resources" for additional links to marketing websites.

Statistical Abstract of U.S.
 

Contains a collection of statistics on demographic, economic, social, and other aspects of the economy and society. Also available in print at the Lied Library Reference Desk.

U.S. Census Bureau
  The Census Bureau homepage provides access to all data sets, including demographic and social statistics.

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COMPANY INFORMATION

Annual Report Resource Center

  Click on Corporate Universe to gain access to over 2,900 annual reports.
CorporateInformation

 

Research a company, an industry, or a country. This site covers over 350,000 publicly owned companies in the U.S. and abroad. Also covers 30 industries in 65 countries and over 100 foreign nations.

Fortune.com

 

Provides access to Fortune magazine's annual 500 list. Other lists are available including the Global 500 list, America's Most Admired and 100 Fastest Growing list.

Hoovers
 

Provides basic information on companies including business description, history, small financial profiles, list of competitors and officers.

AnnualReports.com

 

The most complete and up-to-date listing of Annual Reports and related financial reports online today. The site lists over 2,200 annual reports and covers the majority of the fortune 500 companies.

SEC Edgar Database of Corporate Information
 

Provides access to submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Not all documents filed with the Commission are available on EDGAR. Companies have been phased in to EDGAR filing over a three-year period, ending May 6, 1996. As of that date, all public domestic companies are required to make their filings on EDGAR, except for filings made in paper because of a hardship exemption. Third-party filings, including tender offers and Schedules 13D, are also filed on EDGAR.

Thomas Register of American Manufacturers
  A directory of products and their manufacturers. Focuses is on industrial products. Free on the Web, but users must register.
Wall Street Research Net
  Contains information on publicly traded companies, including links to SEC documents, company home pages and annual reports. User can search by ticker symbol or name.

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INDUSTRY INFORMATION

Baker Library Industry Guides

 

From Harvard University, contains extensive list of resources providing industry information. Covers a broad spectrum of different industries.

Business.com
 

Covers sixty industry categories and their subdivisions. Provides links to company news and profiles, competitor information, industry organizations and events.

CorporateInformation
 

Covers 30 industries and 65 countries. Provides a list of companies, rankings, list of relevant links and a short write-up about the industry.

County Business Patterns
 

From the Census Bureau, this site contains annual data by industry sector for the U.S. Data is broken down to state and county. Statistics include employment, annual and first quarter payroll, total establishments and number of establishments by employment size.

Current Industrial Reports
 

Produced by the U.S. Census Bureau, this report provides detailed statistics on many products and materials in the manufacturing, mining, and construction industries.

Economic Census Data
 

Produced by the Census Bureau, this report is published every 5 years. Data is presented geographically and by industry category. Covers the number and size of establishments, sales, payroll and number of employees by industry category. Organized by NAICS and SIC code. Also available for specific industries such as mining, finance and insurance and utilities.

Hoover's Industry Snapshots
 

Hoover's has researched and written over 45 in-depth overviews of various industry groups. Each industry snapshot includes top ten companies in each market, industry news, links to associations and organizations and links to selected websites.

Industry Link
 

Provides information on twenty-five industries including heavy industry, oil, chemicals and technology. The site contains links to other sites related to a specific industry.

Industry Research Desk
 

This site contains a list of links to industry-related information sources.

Micro/Industry Link
  From the National Association for Business Economics, provides industry data and statistics from the U.S. Government and from trade and industry associations.

North American Industry Classification System

Standard Industrial Classification Manual

U.S. Business Reporter
  This site contains a list of links to industry related information sources.

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EXPORTING & IMPORTING

Export.gov

 

From the U.S. Government, this site provides information on international trade. The site also contains international market research resources.

globalEDGE

 

Created by Michigan State University, this site contains detailed information on international trade including country reports, trade law and government information.

Global Trade & Technology Network

 

GTN is a USAID-funded program that helps small businesses conduct market research, build trade linkages and identify investment opportunities in developing countries.

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TAXATION

Internal Revenue Service

 

Official site of the IRS. Provides information on personal and business taxes. Downloadable tax forms are available.

Nolo Law for All: Small Business Taxes
 

Law Directory with tax information related to small business.

Payroll-Taxes.com

 

Payroll-Taxes.com is a useful site for conducting payroll research. Users can search the payroll database to find information on both state and federal forms, rates, publications, unemployment rates, labor laws, local taxes and important dates to know for filing forms.

Taxes
  Created by the U.S. Small Business Administration, this site contains information on taxes related to small business including payroll taxes, federal, state and local taxes.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

AllSmallBiz.com

Better Business Bureau

Entrepreneur's Mind

EnterWeb
EntreWorld
Free Management Library
MoreBusiness.com
Nevada Small Business Development Center
SCORE
Small Business Advisor
Small Business Knowledge Base