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American FactFinder – (http://factfinder2.census.gov) ) If you need to know the
demographics of your community or the community your business targets, head
over to American FactFinder where you’ll find census information on population,
housing, the economy, and more.

Business USA – (http://www.business.usa.gov) This web portal is a one-stop shop
for everything related to business in the USA. Thoughts, input, and resources from
the following agencies make this site a must for any small business owner:
Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Labor, Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission and more.

Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) – (http://www.fbo.gov)
FedBizOpps is a database of federal government contracting
opportunities. Businesses and government buyers can post, search, monitor, and
discover opportunities to work with the federal government.

FedStats – (http://www.fedstats.gov) This government database, which has been
available to the public since 1997, provides a full range of official statistical
information that is provided by the federal government. Over 100 agencies
contribute information on valuable topics for such as population trends, health care,
small business, banking, and employment.

IRS Small Business Portal - (http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/index.html)
This site has resources to help you answer your small business tax questions. The
site also gives you access to forms and publications, a video library, an event
calendar, and other online tools and products.

Minority Business Development Agency – (http://www.mbda.gov) MBDA, a part
of the U.S. Department of Commerce is an organization dedicated to supporting
businesses in minority communities. Visit this website to find business
opportunities, grant and loan information, business certification resources and
more.

National Association for the Self-Employed – (http://www.nase.org) This non-
profit membership association partners with small business to ensure that they
have the resources and benefits they need by representing the small business
community in Washington.

National Business Association - (http://www.nationalbusiness.org) The NBA
partners with small business owners to provide resources and benefits. The NBA
leverages its group buying power to provide its members with support programs,
useful products and services, and business building resource materials.
National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) – (http://www.nfib.com)
NFIB is a non-profit business association that represents small and independent
business. The National Federation of Independent Business is the leading small
business association representing small and independent businesses in all 50 states
as well as in Washington. The NFIB leverages its buying power to provide access to
products and services at discounted prices. They also provide a variety of
educational resources and an event calendar on their website.

National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) – (www.nwbc.gov) Created to
provide independent advice and policy recommendations to the President,
Congress, and the US Small Business Administration, this non-partisan advisory
council focuses on economic issues that are important to female business owners.

Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE) – (http://www.score.org) SCORE,
“Counselors to America’s Small Busines,”an SBA partner, is dedicated to
entrepreneur education. SCORE helps people start, grow, and manage businesses
around the country. With over 300 chapters in 800 locations, SCORE has over
12,000 volunteers with years of business experience available to help small
business owners by counseling and training them.

Small Business Administration (SBA) – (http://www.sba.gov) The SBA provides
training and small business counseling through its partners across the country (like
SCORE and SBDCs). The SBA has district offices in all 50 states where their
specialists can help you start and grow your businesses and connect you with the
resources and training you need to succeed.

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) – (http://www.asbdc-us.org/)
SBDCs provide management assistance to current and aspiring business owners.
Resources vary by location, but typically include things like assistance with business
planning, access to financing, counseling services, and classes. With branch locations
around the country, SBDCs are a collaborative effort between federal, state and local
governments and the private sector.

Small Business Legislative Council – (http://www.sblc.org) Concerned with the
future of small business, the SBLC is a coalition of trade and professional
associations who purpose is to maximize the influence of business on policy issues
and to educate small business owners about the impact of public policy on their
operations.

Social Security Online – (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/bso/bsowelcome.html)
this site enables submit information to and conduct business with the Social
Security Administration. File W-2, verify social security numbers and more.

US Chamber of Commerce Small Business Nation –
(http://www.uschambersmallbusinessnation.com) As the world’s largest business
federation, the U.S. Chamer of Commerce represents over 3 million businesses. The
membership is dominated by small businesses with 100 employees or less. The
Chamber’s website has helpful resources, handy toolkits on a variety of business
topics and information on how you can get your voice heard in Washington.

US Department of Commerce Department – (http://www.commerce.gov) The
Commerce Department works to make American businesses more innovative and
competitive – stateside and abroad. Comprised of 12 different agencies, the
Department promotes job creation, economic growth, and works to strengthen
America’s position in the global marketplace.

US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics – (http://www.bls.gov) If you
want to keep up-to-date with what is going on with America’s workforce, check out
the BLS website. You’ll find plenty of information on working conditions, labor
market activity, and price changes in the economy. The BLS takes provides this
information and provides products and services that are educational and eye
opening. Check out their maps, calculators and more.

US Export Assistance Center (USEACs) – (http://www.export.gov/eac) Export.gov
is a collaboration between 19 federal agencies that offer export assistance programs
and services that help American exporters through the international sales process
and avoid common pitfalls and legal issues.

US Patent and Trademark Office – (http://www.uspto.gov) This federal agency
grants U.S. patents and registers trademarks. If you’re developing a business or idea,
you’ll want to protect it, and this office provides the services you need to make that
happen.

Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) – (http://www.sba.gov/content/women-s-
business-centers) The WBCs national network includes almost 100 education
centers that help women start and grow businesses. Each center offers management
and technical assistance in addition to training and counseling.

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council – (http://www.wbenc.org) - The
WBENC) provides assistance to Corporate Members, certified women's business
enterprises (WBEs), and government entities. They provide access to experts,
educational webinars, a mentoring program, and a variety of programs and events
throughout the year.

				
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