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There is so much information available now about starting a business that there is
no excuse not to be well informed. Here are some resources to help you.

1. United States Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration offices found across the country are wonderful
gold mines packed with gems of essential information for both new and growing
entrepreneurs. Partnering with SBA lenders, SCORE Counselors, the Small Business
Development Center, and women’s business centers, there is not much you won’t
find there in the way of resources to help you.

Information is provided about all government services, programs, and local, state,
and federal regulations. Information on most pertinent small business topics are
available online, including business plans, marketing, financing, payroll, licenses,
permits, business law, taxes, self-employment taxes, and employer identification
numbers. This information can be downloaded from their website.Visit your local
office, browse their library, or talk to a business officer. Their website address is
www.sba.gov.

2. Small Business Development Centers

With over a thousand locations in the United States, small business development
centers are focused on their local community’s economic development. Services
include access to all business startup resources, tourism, local regulations,
demographics and statistics, a variety of small business and special events
information, including local, state, and federal loans programs. Many offer technical
and international trade assistance. Find the office nearest you at
www.sba.gov/sbdc/sbdcnear.html.

3. Fedstats

If you need demographic, trade, social, international, educational, or economic
statistics, www.fedstats.gov is the site to visit. They provide information by sector,
state, regionally, or nationally. Informative statistical online publications and links
to all other federal agencies with statistical information make this site a one-stop
stats shop. There are even specially prepared statistics available for schoolchildren
of all ages to use.

4. Yellow Pages

What an information mine! You can research your competitors either online or in
print by studying their advertisements and see how they advertise and what
services they offer. Assess how many competitors are in your trading area and get
some indication of their size.

5. Chambers of commerce

Your local chamber of commerce is in business to help businesses, both new and
established. If you are serious about starting a business, join your local chamber so
that you have better access to all their resources and information. Many supply
business start-up kits, resource guides, business plan and cash flow information,
and some even offer one-on-one consulting services.

6. Local government offices

Visit your local office for community statistics, traffic counts, potential rezoning
plans, new building applications, codes, regulations, and other business
information.

7. The Internet

When doing research, nothing beats sitting in the comfort of your own home
collecting information. There is virtually nothing you can’t find on the Internet. It is
a powerful, fast, cheap, and efficient research tool—in fact, for research, it is
indispensable. Many informative small business websites
can be found in the appendix.

8. Trade shows and seminars

Trade shows allow you to be inundated with the most up-to-date information on
your industry, helping you make informed decisions. There are also entrepreneurial
trade shows that demonstrate new products and franchises. This is an opportunity
to assess new competitors in the market and also promising new businesses.

9. Publications

Use Internet listservs, newspapers, flyers, magazines, directories, and trade and
financial papers to glean every ounce of information you need. Subscribe to
journals and newspapers specifically aimed at your type of business or borrow them
from your local library.

				
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