The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a government agency that supports and promotes entrepreneurs. The SBA offers free or inexpensive pamphlets on a variety of business subjects. Some local offices offer counseling to small business owners through SCORE or the SBDC system.
This site, run by Zero to One Million author Ryan Allis, provides resources for young entrepreneurs, a networking list of contacts called The Entrepreneurship Directory, discussion forums, and links to articles and courses.
The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is a federal agency that fosters the establishment and growth of minority-owned businesses. MBDA provides funding for a network of Minority Business Development Centers (MBDCs), Native American Business Development Centers (NABDCs), and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The Centers provide minority entrepreneurs with one-on-one assistance in writing business plans, marketing, management and technical assistance, and financial planning to support viable start-up business ventures.
It’s important to be able to compare the financial ratios derived from the projected income statements for your business to industry benchmarks. Bizminer.com offers free samples of industry-wide financial ratios and benchmarks.
This comprehensive site, a product of Dun & Bradstreet, contains profiles of more than 14,000 companies in the US as well as articles, advice, and business tools on credit, careers, disaster planning, franchises, finance and accounting, taxation, green business, manufacturing, labor and employment, starting a business, and technology and law.
Bplans contains a large online collection of free sample business plans. In addition, it has helpful tools and guides to help you manage your business better. Bplans includes practical advice on planning, interactive tools and calculators, and publishes daily advice that will help you grow your business.
The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures.
Gust is a global SaaS funding platform for the sourcing and management of early-stage investments. Gust enables skilled entrepreneurs to collaborate with the smartest investors and angel investor networks by virtually supporting all aspects of the investment relationship, from initial pitch to successful exit. The SaaS funding platform is endorsed by the world's leading business angel and venture capital associations.
American Society for Quality (ASQ) is a professional organization for those involved in quality assurance and management. It has considerable information regarding ISO 9000 and other quality standards and measures.
International Council of Shopping Centers, ISCS. The principal aims of ICSC are to advance the development of the shopping center industry and to establish the individual shopping center as a major institution in the community.