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Small Business Development Resources


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One-Stop Shop

  • Business.gov
    • "From supplying workplace posters and compliance forms and explaining how to do business with the government to offering help on international trade, providing industry research, and more, this site is a clearinghouse of federal (and state) information. It is managed by the SBA in partnership with 21 other federal agencies who share funding, as well as three non-funding partners."
  • Small Business Administration
    • The SBA provides small businesses with an array of financing information, internet counseling, and government contracting. The site has information on starting and managing your business, loans and grants, and contracting.
  • Pennsylvania Open for Business
    • This site gives entrepreneurs one-stop access to business information. Find out how to start a business, how PA can help, find the right forms, and electronically register your business at this site.

Business Plan

  • SBA Small Business Planner
    • This site provides information specific to how to start a business including how to create a business plan, obtaining licenses and permits, and choosing your business structure.
  • Score
    • This site is a nonprofit association that focuses on providing business and startup advice to small businesses. It provides information on how to run and grow a business as well as marketing, money and implementing technology.
Business Statistics and Information
  • Business Source Main Edition
    • This scholarly business e-resource provides the complete text for over 2,200 magazines and journals as well as indexes and abstracts for over 2,300 titles. The collection, dating back to 1985, ranges from general business magazines to scholarly journals and trade periodicals. Content includes:
      • Marketing
      • Management
      • MIS
      • POM
      • Accounting
      • Finance
      • Economics
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
    • This site provides a vast array of statistics for businesses including inflation, pay and benefits, and employment rates. It also publishes a number of publications including the Monthly Labor Review, Occupational Outlook Quarterly, and Beyond the Numbers.
  • United States Census Bureau
    • This site provides statistical information gathered through the census. It can provide information on County Business Patterns or ZIP Code Business Patterns at the following links.
  • Department of Commerce
    • This site provides information on the United States economy and includes information from Commerce Bureaus such as the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and many more.