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American Management Association
The American Management Association provides information, seminars and e-learning courses on business management topics. At the top of the home page, AMA features an article or series focusing on a current business issue or topic.

Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (USASBE)
The mission of the Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (USASBE) is to advance knowledge and foster business development, entrepreneurship education and research.

Edward Lowe Foundation
The Edward Lowe Foundation helps emerging growth businesses and second-stage business owners.

eVenturing, run by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, delivers useful information, guidance and contacts to entrepreneurs.

National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE)
NASE is the nation’s leading Web resource for self-employed and micro-businesses. This site provides a broad range of benefits and support.

National Business Association
The National Business Association keeps members up-to-date and informed on important issues impacting the self-employed and small business community.

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
NFIB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group that represents the consensus views of its 600,000 members in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals.

Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI)
PERI is a nonprofit that offers risk-management resources and training to small businesses. Look for their Risk Management for Small Business publication and their Workplace Safety Kit.

The Retailer Owners Institute
The Retailer Owners Institute is dedicated to improving the financial professionalism of independent retailers.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Center
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Center provides small business news and practical business advice. This is the largest national membership organization of chambers in the country.

U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
National business membership organization for Hispanic entrepreneurs with a variety of how to information, national conferences and a membership spanning the nation.

Winning Workplaces
Winning Workplaces is a nonprofit that provides small and midsize employers with proven, practical and affordable people practices, tools and articles to help entrepreneurs improve their workplace practices.

Biz Planning & Managing

AllBusiness.com is a Web portal for small and growing businesses, with how-to articles, forms, agreements, questions-and-answers, solutions and services. 

Bizben Blog 
This business selling and buying blog gives tips on how to buy and sell a business and lists popular types of opportunities.

BizMiner provides business planning and research services and includes a section on free resources to help understand industry trends.

BizPlanit is a professional business plan consulting firm. The site provides an extensive collection of free business plan resources for entrepreneurs interested in preparing business plans.

Business statistics such as financial ratios and operating ratios, turnover, profitability for sole proprietorships, employee productivity, industry averages, benchmarking tools and more.

The BizToolkit, offered by the JJ Hill Reference Library, is a portal of tools and resources including sample business plans, financial calculators and expert live help for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

This business planning Web site provides samples business plans and tips on writing effective business plans.

Business Know-How provides how-to articles, newsletters, tips, tools and resources to help small business owners and franchisees start, manage and grow their business profitably.

BUZGate helps individuals to start, grow and succeed in business by connecting them to free and low-cost resources in areas such as business planning, funding, marketing, technology and counseling.

CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit & CCH Financial Planning Toolkit                                                      
CCH provides a business owner toolkit to answer business, tax and legal questions.

Center for Business Planning
This site has a collection of resources for planning your business, documenting your plan and evaluating your strategy.

Center for Rural Entrepreneurship
The goal of the Center is to stimulate and support private and public entrepreneurship development in communities throughout rural America.

E-Myth Embark Community Connection
E-Myth Worldwide’s inspirational online Community provides practical and informative business training and advice for business owners & entrepreneurs around the globe. Connect with peers to share best practices and lessons learned on launching and growing a world-class business. 

The Idea Cafe
This site was created to help small business owners solve their problems, while having fun too.

MergerPlace.com connects business sellers with business buyers.

Microenterprise Success
This site for microenterprises features microenterprise programs, technical assistance and grant and loan information.

MyNewCompany.com provides small business start-up information and resources.

My Own Business
My Own Business provides an online, 11-session course that teaches the basic do's and don’ts for entrepreneurs.

MyStrategicPlan.com helps entrepreneurs build and execute their business strategies and provides free resources to help create business and strategic plans, mission statements and more.

National Dialogue on Entrepreneurship
National Dialogue on Entrepreneurship (NDE) helps improve awareness of the value of entrepreneurship through informing and engaging national, regional and local policymakers. NDE produces a weekly newsletter that provides short summaries and analyses of various trends driving the innovation economy.

Features business management software and templates related to financial projection, cashflow forecasting, marketing, strategic planning and more. 

Small Business Dictionary
The Small Business Dictionary gives definitions to 2,500 of the most commonly used small business terms.

This Web site features information on how to start a business.

Startup Venture Toolbox
This site provides a toolbox to entrepreneurs with the tools and assistance necessary to help organized their ventures from idea to IPO.

Sample Business Plans
Strategy Business Plans offers business plan solutions that result in funding and growth for businesses.

The Veterans Corporation
The Veterans Corporation hosts a business portal for current and prospective Veteran business owners and for companies working with Veteran-owned businesses.

USABizMart lists thousands of business opportunities, franchises and small businesses for sale throughout the United States. It includes resources, articles, blog and weekly online webinars through the Business for Sale Online Academy.

VendorSeek.com connects business consumers with pre-qualified vendors based upon the dynamics of the purchaser’s needs and the specific nature of the services that the seller provides. This process enables business consumers to locate the right vendor to fill their needs and allows vendors to identify customers who are seeking the very services they provide.

Welcome Business USA
This site gives resources and information to help you start, run and grow your small business.

This site helps business owners solve management problems with a wide variety of helpful guides on every aspect of business maintenance.

Working Solo
Working Solo helps individuals develop a sense of personal discovery and achievement that comes from mastering self-employment and related business practices.


Accounts World Directory of Accounting Professionals
This database contains more than 35,000 tax and accounting professionals from across the United States.

Angel Investor News
Angel Investor News provides entrepreneurs and investors with information about private investment, technology trends and financing trends.

Axiom Valuation Solutions
Axiom Valuation Solutions provides independent, reliable information on what a business is worth. This site offers as a free resource IRS business activity search engine and valuation library for business owners.

BIZBUYFinancing offers tips, articles, webinars and a blog on small business purchase financing through SBA loans and commercial financing resources.

Corporate Turnaround
Corporate Turnaround, formally Commercial Credit Counseling (CCC), restructures debt in order to save companies from bankruptcy.

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
FINRA, through the consolidation of NASD and the New York Stock Exchange, is dedicated to investor protection and market integrity through effective and efficient regulation, complementary compliance and technology-based services, which include market regulation, policy enforcement and dispute resolution.

Inc. Gauge
Business owners and non-profit administrators can quickly evaluate their Key Performance Indicators and discover how they compare to up to 80,000 other companies using this free, confidential analysis tool.

Integra Information provides entrepreneurs with financial industry data for more than 900 industries. This data allows managers to benchmark with instant access to income statements, balance sheets and ratios.

Intuit QuickBooks and Innovative Merchant Solutions 
Intuit Inc. is a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses, consumers and accounting professionals. Its flagship products and services, including QuickBooks®, Quicken® and TurboTax® software, simplify small business management and payroll processing, personal finance, and tax preparation and filing.

MyBizHomepage provides free, easy-to-use financial analytics and other information to help small and emerging businesses run more smoothly and profitably.

National Venture Capital Association
NVCA represents America’s venture capital community. This site contains data on venture capital investments.

National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO)
NCEO is a private, nonprofit membership and research organization that serves as the leading source of information on employee stock ownership plans.

Peachtree offers resources for accounting solutions to the small business marketplace.



American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD)
The AAFD is a national nonprofit trade association representing the rights and interests of franchisees and independent dealers throughout the United States. AAFD’s Web site lists accredited franchisors and has a section on buying a franchise.

Bizquest's business-resale listings. The site lists opportunities in 13 franchise industries.

The Business Market
The Business Market has free information on hundreds of franchise opportunities for sale. Use the powerful search tools to find the ideal franchise for you.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The FTC has an online section on franchises and business opportunities. The site features franchise and business opportunity FAQs, business opportunity fraud alerts, federal and state business opportunity rights and laws and information on the FTC Franchise Rule.

Franchise Gator
Franchise Gator, a franchise web resource, links people with franchise opportunities through franchise and business for sale listings and an eNewsletter with the latest franchising news.

The Franchise Handbook is a quarterly publication offering franchise opportunities.

Franchise Solutions
FranchiseSolutions allows you to identify franchises that best meet your criteria and then assists you through the investigation and due diligence process.

Search FranchiseWorks.com for free franchise information, including a directory of hundreds of franchise opportunities, business opportunities and home based businesses.

FranChoice calls itself the "franchise information company" and helps entrepreneurs find the right franchising opportunity based on their goals and preferences.

FranNet's franchise consultants help with all phases of franchising, from development to prospect acquisition.

International Franchise Association (IFA)
IFA is a membership organization of franchisors, franchisees and suppliers.  IFA also offers a free course on Franchising Basics.

Minority Franchising
Minority Franchising lists companies most committed to reaching out to and supporting minority franchisees.

PRG's Franchise Resources
PRG's Web site lists franchising opportunities, resources and news.


The official resource to help businesses quickly find compliance information, forms and contacts from multiple U.S. government Web sites.

Department of Homeland Security
The Department of Homeland Security's Web site includes information to small businesses about potential business opportunities and keeping employees safe in the event of a terror attack.

This site lists statistics from more than 100 government agencies, useful when conducting market research.

Fedmarket.com is an online community for government buyers and vendors. It is a top government contracting resource for public and private organizations.


FirstGov is online collection of federal, local and tribal governments, information, services and resources.

IRS Small Business/Self-Employed Web Site
The IRS Web site offers a broad range of products, services and resources to educate and assist small business owners and self-employed professionals.

Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices
A wealth of immigration-related employment discrimination information can be found on this Web site.

Social Security Online
This site allows employers to process their W-2s for their employees. The process requires no special software.

The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)
The online CFDA gives access to a database of all federal assistance programs.

U.S. Department of Commerce
Department of Commerce offers information on foreign markets and international trade. Commerce also monitors and enforces compliance with U.S. trade laws and agreements.

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)        
BLS is an agency for the Federal Government that produces labor economic data and statistics.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
This site contains everything you need to know about patents and trademarks.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA provides financial, technical and management assistance to help Americans start, run and grow their businesses.

Human Resources

This site provides consumer guides for getting and keeping health insurance in each state.

HRTools.com is designed to bring relevant, practical information to small business owners to help them deal with day-to-day human resources responsibilities.

PAQ Services, Inc.
PAQ offers a free dictionary of occupational titles that includes information for more than 12,000 job descriptions.

Salary.com provides online compensation information and data for most industries. The site also lists thousands of job titles gathered via proprietary research and published reports. See special section for small business. 

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
SHRM provides practical, time-saving resources and tools on HR topics. SHRM members can access sample forms, policies, mission statements, job descriptions, RFPs and more than 30 HR toolkits.

International Trade

EC21 is a business to business marketplace that facilitates online trades between exporters and importers from all around the world.

Global Sources
Global Sources creates, manages and delivers information that international trading partners need to meet and do business. Global Sources Direct lets small- to medium-sized companies buy retail products directly from China.

Tradeeasy is an international trade enabler, which incorporates both on-line and off-line marketing solutions to sellers.

Legal & Tax

Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT)
ACAT helps small businesses with accounting and tax issues. The site maintains a listing of accredited accounting professionals.

This site provides free, downloadable templates related to documents relevant to corporations.

Business Owner's Toolkit
Business Filings provides free information and financial calculators for small business owners.

Law & Policy Institutions Guide
The Law & Policy Institutions is a repository of legal articles, law related resources and more.

Nolo offers self-help legal information for small businesses. Browse their free Small Business Law Center.

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.

Small Business Lawyers
Read small business legal news & legal topics.

Media & Magazines

Bizjournals is an online local news resource for small business owners. The site contains information from 55 local business journals.

Business Opportunities Weblog
The Business Opportunities Weblog is a moderated list of legitimate of business opportunities for entrepreneurs.

BusinessWeek Online
BusinessWeek's how-to articles, interactive tools and Small Biz Resource Center give entrepreneurs information on how to start and grow a business.

Easi Media
Easi Media's iEdition software contains profiles on businesses and franchise opportunities, products, services and resources. iEdition provides a fast way to find and research a wide range of industries, business topics and information.

Entrepreneur.com is dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs to start and grow successful companies.

FastCompany is a magazine about innovative people and ideas. Look for the Fast Companies Database, a helpful resource to find articles, information and ways to connect with other companies.

Use Inc. to discover strategies for starting, growing and running your business.  They also offer resources on business-management issues and free How-To Guides on a variety of business matters.

Prairie Business
Prairie Business is a monthly business magazine for rural entrepreneurs.

SBTV, Small Business Television Network, provides technical information on how to run your business, success stories from entrepreneurs across the country, information about small business conferences and associations and other resources.

SmallBizResource.com is an online paper with a mission to be the go-to repository of easy-to-find, no-nonsense advice for small businesses.

The Small Business Advocate
The Small Business Advocate is a nationally syndicated weekday radio/Internet talk show.

Smart Business Ideas
Smart Business Ideas™ magazine articles go right to the heart of business issues by highlighting what’s essential to business executives. Their website has an article archive, searchable B2B Directory, and well organized links focused on the needs of small business.  

Soundview Executive Book Summaries
Soundview Executive Book Summaries pioneered the concept of outlining the key points and ideas of full-length business books into quick and easy-to-read print summaries.

The Wall Street Journal Center for Entrepreneurs features articles on business planning and small business management. This site includes a list of franchises.

On this site, order free subscriptions to leading trade magazines.

Tulenko Group
Paul Tulenko is a syndicated columnist for Scripps-Howard. His Web site is dedicated to helping business owners & future business owners attain the success they desire.

Womensbiz.us is a free online magazine for women in all types and stages of business.

Your Business
MSNBC's online version of the television news magazine, which focuses exclusively on America's small business entrepreneurs. The program offers news, information, advice and guidance for people who own businesses. MSNBC's "Your Business" is a weekly half-hour television program that airs Sundays at 7:30 a.m. EST.

Sales & Marketing

Business.com is a business-focused search engine and directory.

This Web site features information on the frequency-marketing industry. Registration is free and provides access to articles and book reviews on frequency and loyalty programs.

How-To Network
How-To Network has a comprehensive library of small business how-to articles and guides.

Internet Marketing Tutorial
Verizon SuperPages
and SCORE bring you a free Internet Marketing Tutorial.

Just Sell
This site is dedicated to helping business owners and entrepreneurs sell better. Find industry-specific sales news, how-to articles, sales ideas and discussions.

KnowThis.com is an advertising and marketing virtual library that offers resource materials and useful links.

Local Marketing Guide
Learn how to do internet marketing for your business. Local Marketing Guide also provides a forum where you can receive personalized advice.

Marketing Experiments.com
Marketing Experiments.com performs large-scale online marketing experiments and publishes results in its free biweekly e-newsletter. Researchers test Internet marketing methods and offer data on Web site marketing techniques that work and don't work.

Marketing coach Charlie Cook helps small businesses attract clients. His Web site offers a free marketing guide.

NetPost Mailing Online
With the U.S. Postal Service's NetPost Mailing Online, all you need is a document, a list of addresses and an Internet connection to send direct mail. NetPost does the rest—printing, addressing, collating, folding, stuffing and sorting.

Learn to advertise effectively in newpapers and magazines. Free, practical articles, resources and message boards.

PR Newswire's PR Toolkit
PR Newswire provides a PR Toolkit with everything necessary for getting the word out about your products and services.

SellingSelling.com provides free articles to advise small businesses on selling strategies and tactics.

Trade-Show-Advisor.com offers free information and encouragement for people whose businesses might gain exposure and attention from participation in trade shows.

VendorSeek.com connects business consumers with pre-qualified vendors based upon the dynamics of the purchaser’s needs and the specific nature of the services that the seller provides. This process enables business consumers to locate the right vendor to fill their needs and allows vendors to identify customers who are seeking the very services they provide.

Technology & Internet

BBB Online
BBBonline is a subsidiary of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Their mission is to promote trust and confidence on the Internet. This site helps business owners with Web sites to establish an online privacy policy program.

HP Business Learning Center
Instructor-led courses from Hewlett-Packard, including Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, data security/protection, Adobe Photoshop and much more.

Internet Learning Tutor
A free online interactive training series for Web users who want to improve their Internet skills. Brought to you by SCORE and Verizon Superpages.com.

Joshua Feinberg’s Small Biz Tech Talk
Get one free hour of computer consultants business training. The site also provides free articles on computer training issues.

LiveOffice Corporation
LiveOffice provides on-demand, free conference calling with no advance notice or scheduling required. Service provides a 250 person conference capacity and 6 hour duration. Long distance rates apply.

Microsoft Office Tools on the Web
Microsoft's small business Web site offers "tools of the Web," including SCORE business plan templates, downloads, support articles and clip art.

Open Office
Open Office offers free, open-source, MS Office-compatible software that runs on a variety of platforms.

Produced by the U.S. Small Business Administration, this site contains tech information and resources for and about small businesses.

Articles at workz.com help small businesses with building their Web sites and attracting customers online.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

The Office of Advocacy conducts economic research, policy analyses and small business outreach help to identify issues of concern.

Business & Community Initiatives
The Office of Business and Community Initiatives administers programs and activities designed to provide information, education and training to prospective and existing small business owners.

Disaster Assistance
SBA's disaster assistance program helps entrepreneurs develop security strategies and offers loan assistance to businesses impacted by a disaster.

Entrepreneurial Development
SBA's Office of Entrepreneurial Development helps small businesses start, grow and be competitive by providing training, counseling and other forms of management and technical assistance.

Government Contracting & Business Development
The Government Contracting & Business Development Office is charged with making sure that small businesses get a fair share of the approximately $46 billion annual federal procurement market.

The HUBZone program stimulates economic development and creates jobs in urban and rural communities by providing federal contracting preferences to small businesses.

International Trade
Export information and development assistance to help small businesses take advantage of export markets.

Loan Programs
The SBA offers numerous loan programs to assist small businesses. 

National Small Business Week
National Small Business Week is an annual event that recognizes the important role of America’s business community. Visit the Web site to find out more.

The SBA has more than 200 free e-books and publications online. 

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
SBDCs assist individuals and small businesses by providing a wide variety of information and guidance through 58 branch locations.

Small Business Training Network
The Small Business Training Network is a virtual campus housing free training courses, workshops and knowledge resources designed to assist entrepreneurs and other students of enterprise.

Technology (SBIR/STTR)
SBIR is a highly competitive program that encourages small business to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization.












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