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Business Links

General

  • Business.USA.Gov - Official business link to the U.S. Government
  • SBDCNet - Business information, help, and examples
  • A list of 100 good Small Business Blogs
  • The Wall Street Journal has start-up information and databases of businesses for sale and venture capital. Wealth in the form of money or assets, taken as a sign of the financial strength of an individual, organization, or nation, and assumed to be available for development or investment.
  • Business Week Center has articles, tips, and information on small business.
  • BizBuySell - The Internet's Largest Business for Sale and Franchise for Sale Marketplace
  • TannedFeet.com - This is one of my favorite sites for entrepreneurial forms and information.
  • Inc.com is the website of Inc. Magazine
  • Entrepreneur.com has start-up ideas, resources, and articles.
  • Entrepreneurship.org includes “the best of the best” on the web about running a small business.
  • Smart Biz - Small business information, resources, and articles
  • FranchiseHandbook.com - A complete franchise resource
  • SBA Office of Advocacy has information and    ACE-Net, Angel Capital, and Electronic Network.
  • SBA's Online Women's Business Center has resources for women entrepreneurs.

Government

Economic Development

Permits

  • Our "Starting a Business in California Checklist" is a great start to understanding and planning permitting and other business start up issues: http://norcalsbdc.org/checklist_for_starting_a_business
  • CalGOLD offers direct internet links and contact information to state, local, regional, and federal permitting authorities for more information.

Planning

Financing

  • Grants.gov is a good site to use when searching for Federal grants funding.
  • Capital Connection describes various capital sources and services.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration has a number of loan programs. The SBA sets the guidelines for loans while SBA's partners – lenders, community development organizations, and microlending institutions – make the loans to small businesses.
  • Learn about 8(a) financing for small disadvantaged companies and assess your firm’s eligibility here.
  • Economic development organizations or corporations have various financing programs. BusinessFinance.com offers a list of economic development organizations in CA.
  • Local Governments' Websites – unique or specialized financing sources may be available in your locality. Check appropriate county, municipal, city, or township web sites for information.
  • Small Business Investment Companies (SBIC) provide long-termThe maturity or length of time for final repayment of a loan, bond, sale or other contractual obligation. debtAn amount owed for funds borrowed. and equityAfter all liabilities are paid, ownership equity is the remaining interest in assets. If valuations placed on assets do not exceed liabilities, negative equity exists. growth capital licensed under the Small Business Investment Act of 1958CA SBICs that are members of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies.
  • Venture Capital firms may be a source of financing. There are a number of venture capital directories on the web. The Infon Venture Capital Directory is free to search and provides some contact information for free.
  • National Venture Capital Association Member Directory is a comprehensive, print directory of NVCA members.
  • vFinance.com allows searching by state, industry, and dollar amount for venture capital. Contact information is about $2 per contact.
  • BusinessFinance.com allows users to enter details about the financing needed and then returns a list of potential sources.
  • Small Business Lending in the U.S. provides state-specific data including top lenders to small businesses.
  • SBIR/STTR Funding can be used to pay for research and development for innovative companies.

Legal and Taxes

Human Resources and Payroll

Money Management

  • Quicken.com has accounting and tax information, forms, and other business planning tools.

Marketing

  • Knowthis.com is a meta-site with links to marketing-related topics.

Procurement

 Import/Export

Trademarks and Copyrights

  • Nolo Press - Patent, copyright, and trademark articles form the respected publisher
  • Stopfakes.gov - Nice site for information about protecting your intellectual property with good information about patents, trademarks and copyright information
  • California Secretary of State - The Secretary of State’s office maintains registration and all updates of California state trademarks and service marks
  • US Copyright Office - Research and register a copyright
  • Introduction to the U.S. Patent System - Excellent online course to help inventors understand this process and stay out of trouble

Inventions