Last Updated: Jul 22, 2014
Find information about all aspects of establishing a business on these sites.
- U.S. Small Business Administration
Information about running a small business, including legal information, taxes, employees, and accounting. Also includes information about government assistance to small businesses and government contracting opportunities.
A nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.
"A centralized, one-stop platform to make it easier than ever for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire."
- Entrepreneur's Reference Guide to Small Business Information
Compiled by business reference specialists at the Library of Congress to help beginners (and established business owners who keep meeting new problems) find sources that can guide them to the right questions and the best answers.
- MaRS Library
Articles, videos, workbooks, and other resources for entrepreneurs.
- GV Library
Articles, guides, videos, and other resources to help entrepreneurs succeed. From Google Ventures.
- Y Combinator Startup Library
Lots of great information for startups. News articles, essays, and tools for entrepreneurs.
Education and training from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Information from Entrepreneur Magazine.
The Alabama Virtual Library is a free online resource available to all citizens of Alabama. Here is a list of all of the Alabama Virtual Library Resources, including the ones listed below: http://www.avl.lib.al.us/resources/display_resources.php
- Business Insights: Essentials
Available to all citizens of Alabama through the Alabama Virtual Library, Business Insights: Essentials contains over 1,000 different industry reports that will give you an overview of the industry environment your business is entering.
- Business Source Premier
Available to all citizens of Alabama through the Alabama Virtual Library. You can find a link to Industry Reports for major industries in Business Source Premier on the right side of the page once you enter the database.
- Business Plans Handbook
A collection of actual business plans compiled by, and aimed at, entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses in North America.
- Encyclopedia of Small Business, 4th ed. (2011)
Provides entrepreneurs with how-to information that they can apply to their own business.
Business & Economics Librarian
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