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Operating a small business can be challenging, but this is a great time to open a small business.
This website has been set up to offer you tools and sources of information to make it easier to
operate your business, to attract new customers, and to successfully reach your business goals.

As well as being a great way to market your business, the Internet also is a great source of
information. Below you will find both government and commercial websites that freely share
articles, guides, and other information that you might find useful. The following websites links
are provided as examples of sources of information available on the Internet*.


Better Business Bureau

www.bbb.org/


Business Law
www.sba.gov
www.findlaw.com
www.legalzoom.com
www.michiganadvantage.org
www.nolo.com

NAICS Code search and Size standards
www.naics.com/search.htm


Business Plans – Sample Plans

www.bplans.com
www.sba.gov/tools/business-plan/1                              
www.sba.gov/writing-business-plan
www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/training/how-write-business-plan

www.sbdcnet.org/SBIC/bplans.php


Business Entity Types

(Sole Proprietorship, LLC, Partnership, S Corporation, C Corporation)

www.incorporate.com
www.bizfilings.com/comparison.aspx
 


E-Commerce

Domain Names
www.godaddy.com
www.register.com
www.networksolutions.com

E-Commerce Times
www.ecommercetimes.com

How To Guide, E-Commerce
www.sba.gov/blogs/how-start-successful-e-commerce-business-6-tips-seasoned-pros

E-Business Resource Guide
www.nextiva.com/voip/e-business-resource-guide/

WebWire – Distribute News Releases and Press Releases
www.webwire.com

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Equipment Leasing and Finance Association

www.elfaonline.org


Exporting

International Trade Commission
www.usitc.gov/

Michigan District Export Council
www.michiganbusiness.org/grow/export-assistance/

SBA Office of International Trade
www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/oit

U.S. Commercial Service
www.buyusa.gov

U.S. Government Export Portal
www.export.gov


Financial

Buzgate.org - Plug and Play Financial Management Templates

Break Even Levels:
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Forecasts for Single Product/Service Offerings:
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Forecasts for Multile Product/Service Offerings:
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Virtual and Physical Workspaces: Local Business Incubator
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Common size ratios Financial Statements
www.netmba.com/finance/statements/common-size/
www.bankrate.com/brm/news/biz/bizcalcs/ratiocalcs.asp

Dictionary of Money and Investing
www.duke.edu/~charvey/Classes/wpg/glossary.htm

How to Read a Financial Statement
www.sec.gov/investor/pubs/begfinstmtguide.htm

How to Read an Annual Report
www.moneychimp.com/articles/financials/fundamentals.htm

How to Read a Prospectus: a guide for beginning investors
www.sos.mo.gov/securities/pubs/prospectus.asp

Business Insurance Guide for Small Business
www.businessinsurance.org/

Internal Revenue Service - Taxes
www.irs.gov
www.michign.gov/treasury

Small Business Tax Help
www.taxmama.com

Unlocking the secrets of a Proxy Statement
www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2002-03-03/unlocking-the-secrets-of-a-proxy-statement

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Finding Financing

ACCION USA
http://www.accion.org/

Angellist
www.angel.co

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (Grants)
www.cfda.gov

Crowdfunder
www.crowdfunder.com

Crowd Funding
http://www.buzgate.org/8.0/dc/ft_crowdfund.html?utm_source=Helping+Entrepreneurs+to+Succeed&utm_campaign=May+B2B+News+Brief&utm_medium=email

EarlyShares
www.earlyshares.com

Federal Government Grants
www.grants.gov

From Friending to Funding - Collaborative Funding
www.indiegogo.com/

Fundable
www.fundable.com

Kapipal
www.kapipal.com

Kickstarter
www.kickstarter.com/

List of Venture Capital in Michigan
michiganvca.org/member-directory/

On Deck
www.ondeck.com

SBA Loan Programs
www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/loans-grants/small-business-loans/sba-loans-program

Seed and Venture Capital Financing
www.sba.gov/content/venture-capital-startups-high-growth-technology-companies/

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program funds Research and Development (R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbir.htm?utm_source=Helping+Entrepreneurs+to+Succeed&utm_campaign=May+B2B+News+Brief&utm_medium=email

Small Business Loans – Search over 4.000 Sources
www.businessfinance.com

•Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) requires Federal agencies with extramural R&D budgets over $1 billion (DOD, DOE, DHHS (NIH), NASA and NSF) to also invest in certain small business ventures.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbir.htm#funding?utm_source=Helping+Entrepreneurs+to+Succeed&utm_campaign=May+B2B+News+Brief&utm_medium=email

Small Business Women Business Owners: Expand your sources of capital
www.sba.gov/content/women-owned-businesses

NASBIC, The National Association of Small Business Investment Companies
www.nasbic.org

National Venture Capital Association
www.nvca.org




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Free Internet Courses

www.coursera.org
www.edxonline.org/
www.myownbusiness.org
www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/search/training

 

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Marketing

Advertising Plan Example
www.paloalto.com/sampleplans/protected/app4/boulderstop-app.pdf

Choosing the Right Advertising Medium for Your Small Business
www.powerhomebiz.com/vol118/admediums.htm

Developing a Marketing Plan - Search for this article on BusinessUSA
http://businessusa.gov

Gaebler.com Marketing Resources for Entrepreneurs
www.gaebler.com/Small-Business-Marketing.htm

Marketing Mission Statement
http://www.businessplans.org/mission.html
marketing.about.com/cs/advertising/a/revivemission.htm

The Publicity Hound (Tips of the Week Newsletter)
www.PublicityHound.com

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Marketing Plans

Marketing Plan Tutorial
http://www.knowthis.com/principles-of-marketing-tutorials/how-to-write-a-marketing-plan/
money.howstuffworks.com/marketing-plan.htm

Website Marketing Plan
www.websitemarketingplan.com

 
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New Product Launch

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Publications

Entrepreneur.com
www.entrepreneur.com

 INC, The Daily Resource for Entrepreneurs
www.inc.com

Success Magazine – Success and Leadership Articles
www.success.com

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Research and Statistics

Bureau of Labor Statistics
www.bls.gov

Cayenne Consulting – The Entrepreneur’s Library – Market Research Tools
www.caycon.com/resources.php?s=6

Dow Jones Factiva (Business Search Engine)
www.factiva.com

Dun & Bradstreet
www.dnb.com/us/

Epodunk: The Power of Place
www.epodunk.com

Free Library
www.overdrive.com

Industry Statistics
www.bizstats.com
www.census.gov/

Industry Trends

www.census.gov/programs-surveys/economic-census/guidance/historical-data.html
www.rileyguide.com/trends.html


MarketResearch.com
http://www.knowthis.com/principles-of-marketing-tutorials/marketing-research/

Market Research – What Questions to Ask
www.powerhomebiz.com/vol27/marketresearch.htm

Market Research Tutorial
www.knowthis.com/tutorials/principles-of-marketing/marketing-research.htm

Market Segments
segmentationsolutions.nielsen.com/mybestsegments/Default.jsp?ID=20

Michigan Electronic Library
www.mel.org

MIT Library – Marketing
libguides.mit.edu/marketing

Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights
www.copyright.gov
www.freepatentsonline.com
www.sumobrain.com
www.uspto.gov

www.inventnow.org 
www.pat2pdf.org
www.inventorsdigest.com
www.patentwizard.com
www.patentpro.us

Small Business Facts
www.smbtn.com/smallbusinessfacts

Statistics by Zip code
www.bestplaces.net/City
www.melissadata.com/lookups

Tech Industry Statistics By the Numbers
seekingalpha.com/article/89977-data-dump-tech-industry-statistics-by-the-numbers

Translation Dictionaries
www.word2word.com/dictionary.html

U.S. Census
www.census.gov

VALS Survey
www.strategicbusinessinsights.com/vals/ustypes.shtml
www.strategicbusinessinsights.com/vals/presurvey.shtml

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Small Business Resources

50 Plus Entrepreneurs
www.sba.gov/50plusentrepreneur

AllBusiness, A D&B Company – Small Business Articles and resources
www.allbusiness.com

BusinessUSA
http://business.usa.gov/    

Business Week – Small Business
www.businessweek.com/smallbiz

Buzgate – America’s Small Business Assistance Network
www.buzgate.org
Buzgate – Michigan
www.buzgate.org/8.0/mi/state_home.html?st=mi

Choose What, Helping Small Businesses Make Big Choices
www.choosewhat.com

Edward Lowe Foundation – Second Stage Entrepreneurs, Resource Center
www.edwardlowe.org/index.elf?page=sserc

Encyclopedia of Small Business - Articles
www.referenceforbusiness.com/small

Entrepreneurship.org - Entrepreneurship Resources
www.entrepreneurship.org/

Gaebler.com - Resources for Entrepreneurs
www.gaebler.com

How to Do Things.com – Entrepreneur
www.howtodothings.com/business/entrepreneur

IdeaCafe - Small Business Ideas
www.businessownersideacafe.com

Ladies Who Launch, Entrepreneurship and Creativity as a Lifestyle
www.ladieswholaunch.com

Michigan Women’s Marketplace
www.miwomen.com

MoreBusiness, Your One-Stop Small Business Resource Center
morebusiness.com

National Federation of Independent Business, The Voice of Small Business
www.nfib.com/

National Retail Federation
www.nrf.com

SCORE
www.score.org/

Small Business Advisor
www.isquare.com

Small Business Association of Michigan
www.sbam.org

Small Business Resource Guide
www.gogoshopper.com/resources/the-small-business-resource-guide.html

Young Entrepreneurs
www.sba.gov/content/young-entrepreneurs-series

 Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
www.wbenc.org

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Small Business Government Resources

Federal Business Opportunities
www.fedbizopps.gov

Government Information by Topic
www.usa.gov
www.anderson.ucla.edu/x14415.xml

Michigan Economic Development
www.michiganadvantage.org

OSHA for Small Business
www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness/index.html

Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC)
http://www.aptac-us.org/new/

Score – Service Corps of Retired Executives
www.score.org

Small Business Administration
www.sba.gov

Small Business Information Center
sbdcnet.org

Small Business - Official Business Link to the U.S. Government
www.business.gov/

State of Michigan
www.michigan.gov

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Center
www.uschamber.com/sb

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Target Market

How to Discover Your Perfect Target Market
ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Discover-Your-Perfect-Target-Market-Online

How to Identify a Target Market
www.howtodothings.com/business/a3607-how-to-identify-a-target-market.html
 


Veteran

Federal Web Portal for Veterans in Business
www.va.gov/osdbu/
 

VetBizCentral
www.vetbizcentral.com


Women

Center for Empowerment and Economic Development
www.miceed.org

Ladies Who Launch, Entrepreneurship and Creativity as a Lifestyle
www.ladieswholaunch.com


Michigan Women’s Marketplace
www.miwomen.com


Woman-Owned-Businesses
www.sba.gov/content/women-owned-businesses


Women Business Centers
www.sba.gov/content//womens-business-centers

 

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
www.wbenc.org



 


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