Frequently Asked Questions
Small Business Resources On The World Wide Web
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- AllBusiness.com (www.allbusiness.com) - AllBusiness.com helps entrepreneurs, small and growing businesses, consultants and business professionals save time and money by addressing real-world business questions and presenting practical solutions. The site offers resources including how-to articles, business forms, contracts and agreements, expert advice, blogs, business news, business directory listings, product comparisons, business guides, a small business association and more.
- Annual Credit Report.Com (www.annualcreditreport.com)- Annual Credit Report.com is a centralized service for consumers to request annual credit reports. It was created by the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.
- AskJim.biz (www.askjim.biz) - Small Business Answers NOW! Ask your own business questions, or read answers to questions from other small business owners. Answers to your business questions are provided by Jim Blasingame, the creator and host of the Small Business Advocate® Show, a weekday talk show dedicated to small business.
- AskTheLawyers.com (www.askthelawyers.com) - AskTheLawyers .com™ is a unique online interactive legal service available to individuals and businesses. AskTheLawyers.com provides access to attorneys in your area who are available for an initial online or telephone consultation for no charge.
- Better Business Bureau (welcome.bbb.org) - Check out a business, find a local Better Business Bureau, and more.
Center for Women’s Business Research http://www.nfwbo.org The Center for Women’s Business Research provides data-driven knowledge that advances the economic, social and political impact of women business owners and their enterprises. This data driven knowledge provides the business imperative for embracing women business owners as customers, suppliers, community leaders, public policy influencers and role models for business leadership.
- Corporate Turnaround (www.negotiatepayables.com) - Corporate Turnaround [CT] is an alternative to bankruptcy for smaller businesses. CT offers a comprehensive program to pay your creditors with a budget you can afford. CT, in cooperation with the Association of Small Business Development Centers has written a free guide on managing business debt. For a copy of the guide please click here: Free Guide
- David Stern CFO (www.DavidSternCFO.com) - Financial advice for start-up to $10 million companies. Teaches how to increase profit, cash flow, and operational efficiency using Excel and QuickBooks. The David Stern CFO blog provides information for bookkeepers and small business owners, with an emphasis on education and empowerment.
- eBay (www.ebay.com) - eBay is The World`s Online Marketplace®, enabling trade on a local, national and international basis. With a diverse and passionate community of individuals and small businesses, eBay offers an online platform where millions of items are traded each day.
- Export-U.com (www.export-u.com) - A portal to free export webinars under development by the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Atlanta and the University of Georgia SBDC. Visitors can register for free and view any export training seminar of interest.
- FAMEE Foundation (www.FAMEE.org) - The FAMEE Foundation (Foundation for the Advancement of Marketing Excellence in Entrepreneurs) is a small business marketing resource. This 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization has a large number of FREE marketing programs available for both entrepreneurs and small business marketing consultants. From a full small business book and workbook, to a marketing course for startups, marketing tips for the recession, to marketing plan presentation for investors, to in-depth mastery courses for more experienced entrepreneurs. Also available are a number of free marketing tools and downloads.
- FINTEL (www.fintel.us) - Business Scorecard – The FINTEL Business Scorecard is designed to provide you with an easy to understand, quick and insightful snapshot of selected factors of your company's performance in comparison with your industry peers and competitors. Each Key Performance Indicator represents an important aspect of financial management including liquidity, profitability, efficiency and growth.
- Hill Small Biz Library (www.hillsource.org/asbdc/) - In partnership with the ASBDC, the James J. Hill Reference Library offers SBDC clients information programs designed for small business and tight budgets. The non-profit, private, Hill Library is the nation's premier source for practical business information and is dedicated to ensuring equal access to the best information.
- IBISWorld (www.ibisworld.com) - Information from IBISWorld, a leader in gathering and applying business data to help your higher-level business planning.
- JumpUp (www.jumpup.intuit.com) - A website that helps small business owners successfully start and run a business by connecting them to one another.
- Entrepreneurship.org (www.entrepreneurship.org) - The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration's (ITA) public-private partnership focused on leveraging best practices in entrepreneurial leadership to advance economic growth around the world. The goal of this partnership is to assist all nations in developing the environment to allow entrepreneurs to organize and operate a business venture, create wealth, and employ people.
- National Restaurant Association (www.restaurant.org) - Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry. Together with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the Association`s mission is to represent, educate and promote a rapidly growing industry that is comprised of 900,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets employing 12.2 million people.
- Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI) (www.riskinstitute.org/peri) - An extensive collection of risk management publications, programs and tools, including a Resource Library organized by topic, audience, and type of resource.
- Riviera Finance (www.rivierafinance.com) - With offices nationwide, Riviera Finance provides early-stage accounts receivable financing to small companies in need of cash flow. Riviera's non-recourse factoring program includes full protection against bad debt, and complete receivables management services. Since 1969, Riviera Finance has funded over 20,000 small companies.
- SBA On Line Training Network (http://www.sba.gov/training/) - The SBA Small Business Training Network (SBTN) is a virtual campus offering online courses, publications and other forms of tchnical assistance. Courses are self-paced and take about 30 minutes to complete. A brief on line registration is required.
- SBA Small Business Resource Magazine (www.smallbusiness3.com/magazine) - A guide to starting and expanding your business. Every guide is published with information and resource listings specific to your state. You will find information on local regulations, government loans, training and assistance, and busihess advocacy.
- Small Biz Start-up Guide (www.isquare.com/prologue.cfm) - A small business start-up guide.
- Winmark Business Solutions (www.wbsonline.com) - Winmark Business Solutions is the web’s premier free, online resource for small businesses. With over 6000 pages of articles, information, tools, checklists, calculators, expert advice, discounted third party offers and free access to WBS PeerSphere’s, WBS online is the one stop shop for your small business needs.
WBENC The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its national standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations.
The Forms & Agreements portion of BitLaw provides access to forms and example contracts relating to intellectual property and the Internet.
Bizjournals is the new media division of American City Business Journals, the nation`s largest publisher of metropolitan business newspapers. It operates the Web sites for each of the company`s 41 print business journals and recently has launched its first Web-only local business news and information site for Los Angeles. The company plans to launch Web-only operations in additional markets.
www.bplans.com We exist to help you, to teach you, and to provide solutions that build and grow your business. We believe that:
- You are the most capable person to plan, build, and grow your business. - Business planning and strategy isn`t rocket science; we all just need to learn together. - Planning and running a business can be a lot of fun... really! You can be successful doing it. Bplans.com contains the largest single collection of free sample business plans online. In addition to that, it has helpful tools and know-how for managing your business. Bplans.com includes practical advice on planning, interactive tools, and a panel of experts who have answered more than 1,400 questions from people like you.
Thousands of pages of information and tools to help you start, run and grow a successful small business.
Designed to provide tools for small business owners to survive and to thrive in today's economy.
Designed to reach small or large audiences. Also social media includes web-based and mobile technologies used to turn communication into interactive dialogue between organizations, communities and individuals.
Designed to provide leadership and solutions to new and existing business owners through tools, systems and consultation in order to deliver the funding they need to survive and to thrive in today's market.
Business and Market Research Resources
Business.gov The official Business Link to the U.S. Government
http://www.census.gov/ – U.S. Bureau of the Census – extensive statistical data
http://www.econdata.net/ –Links to regional statistical data
www.adage.com/americandemographics - Demographic articles
http://www.maritzreserach.com/ –American consumer surveys
http://www.emarketer.com/ –Statistics on e-commerce
http://www.internetnews.com/ –Internet statistics
http://www.zapdata.com/ – Prospect lists, company research, industry reports
http://www.buyusa.com/ –Find non-U.S. importers and buyers seeking U.S. sources of supply
Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Planning for Your Business
Disaster Planning Can Reduce Time to Recovery and Expense.
Major disasters, such as earthquakes and large-scale power outages, are rare. Smaller disasters, such as server failure, burst pipes and fires however happen every day. Companies often prepare for the worst but forget the everyday challenges, which can be just as crippling.
When disaster strikes, having a plan and being able to put it into immediate action can mean the difference between staying open to service the needs of your customers and community or shutting down for a few days.
Following a disaster, statistics show ninety percent of companies fail within a year unless they can resume operations within five days. Having a plan can ensure that you’re back in business quickly and able to provide products and services to your community.
- Recovery Overview - Download PDF
- Critical Business Functions - Download PDF
- Risk Assessment - Download PDF
- Vendor Assessment - Download PDF
- Emergency Communications Plan - Download PDF
- Phone Recovery - Download PDF
- Disaster Recovery Kit - Download PDF
- Unique Supplies - Download PDF
- Table Top Test - Download PDF
- Winter Weather Preparedness - Download PDF
- Earthquake Preparedness - Download PDF
- Tornado Preparedness - Download PDF
- Wildfire Preparedness - Download PDF
- Flood Preparedness - Download PDF
- Hurricane Preparedness - Download PDF