Listed below are some excellent resources provided by Government Agencies that can help you manage your business.
Small Business Development Centers: A partner of the SBA, SBDCs are located in every state with more than 1,100 service locations (often on college campuses)
SCORE: Service Corps of Retired Executives, SCORE offers free consultations with retired experts.
Minority Business Development Agency: provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
U.S. Postal Service: Streamline your mailing operations by printing postage directly from your computer. Using Direct Mail as part of your marketing strategy? Click on the following link for information provided by the U.S. Post Office: Direct Mail Tips
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES, GRANTS AND GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS:
Federal Communications Commission: All things radio, television, wire, satellite and cable fall under the FCC’s jurisdiction. If your business relies on one of these means of communication in some fashion, get familiar with this Web site.
Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship: You’ll get a different version of what’s important, compared to the House’s Web site, if you visit the Senate’s small-business page. You can decide what’s important to you.
U.S. Department of Labor: Employee regulations.
U.S. Department of State: Business Center.
LEGAL AID AND INFORMATION:
Occupational Safety and Health Administration – OSHA regulations
RESEARCH AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT:
SciTechResources.gov: A catalog of government science and technology websites
SearchGov.com: Government search portal.
SBA: Small Business Administration | Home – General information about the SBA with links to funding, government grants, and important forms.
Small Business Development Centers – Excellent site, with links to patent information, IRS, Business plans, training information, special assistance, the steps in starting your business, and more.
Worksheet – This worksheet provides you with a great framework to developing a business plan.
Small Business Resources – AllBusiness | Champions of Small Business – A helpful site for forms, instructions, locating business forms and papers
WorkersCompensation.com – Select your state for pertinent information.
AOL for Small Business and OPEN Small Business Network – Provides business ideas and resources.
SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” – Free consultations with retired experts.
Startupjournal.com – Learn what you need to know in order to start and run small businesses.
USPTO.gov – Patents & Trademark information.
www.SBA.gov/hotlist/license.html – Check the availability of your business name.