Resources

A variety of resources are available to assist you as you build your business into a successful enterprise.

BUSINESS PLANS
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Outline of a Business Plan
From the Department of Entrepreneurships and Emerging Enterprises, tips on what goes into a business plan.

Business Plan Resource Support Site
From Syracuse University’s Library, a clearinghouse of online resources for creating business plans.

“Nuts and Bolts of Business Plans”
Guidelines from the Department of Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises for creating business plans for the Panasci Business Plan Competition.

 

E-COMMERCE
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Basic Guide to E-Commerce
An online library offering information on product development, managing an e-team, developing an online store, and more.

E-Commerce Times
Part of ECT News Network, an e-business and technology news publisher, which posts targeted industry articles.

 

GOVERNMENT
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Federal Reserve Board—Survey of Small Business Finances
Collects information on small businesses (fewer than 500 employees) in the U.S. including information on owner characteristics, firm size, use of financial services, and the income and balance sheets of the firm.

Small Business Administration
An independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise, and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of the U.S.

 

LAW
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FindLaw’s Small Business Center
Provides information and resources for small business owners, and help for entrepreneurs seeking to get a business idea off the ground.

Free Patent Analytics and Patent Search
A search engine for patents.

Prentice Hall Small Business & Entrepreneurship Law Resources
A clearinghouse for law-related resources for small business owners.

Do I Need a Business License or Permit?
A list of some of the various licenses and permits you may be required to file before launching your business.

 

MAGAZINES & JOURNALS
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Black Enterprise—Entrepreneurs
A magazine and e-zine that includes information on franchises, start-ups, and technology for entrepreneurs.

Business Week (www.businessweek.com/smallbiz)
A global source of essential business insight that inspires leaders to turn ideas into action. Tthe SmallBiz section is for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Fast Company
A magazine and e-zine that discusses best and “next” practices to help a new breed of leaders work smarter and more effectively.

Forbes
A magazine and e-zine with articles about entrepreneurship, women, technology, personal finance, and other business-related issues.

Inc.com
An e-zine that delivers advice, tools, and services to help business owners and CEOs start, run, and grow their businesses more successfully.

Wired
A magazine and e-zine with articles, blogs, and discussions on issues related to technology and business.

Wall Street Journal—Small Business
A daily newspaper and e-zine for and about small business owners.

 

SBA PROGRAMS FOR SMALL BUSINESS
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VENTURE CAPITAL
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FastUpfront.com
An unsecured cash advance program for businesses.

Garage Technology Ventures
A seed-stage and early-stage venture capital fund looking to invest in extraordinary entrepreneurs who have the ability to build great teams and great companies.

National Venture Capital Association
Promotes entrepreneurial growth by connecting entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

Small Business Center
Provides information on small business loans, grants, and venture capital.

Small Business Loans and Cash Advances
Provides emerging companies with easy access to capital.

Venture Capital Funding Research Reports
Specializes in tracking and analyzing venture capital activity with a database of more than 9,400 U.S.-based, venture-funded companies, more than 18,000 funding transactions, and more than 100,000 executives, directors, and advisors.

Venture Associates
Information on raising private money, preparation of Private Memorandums (Reg D), writing business plans, going public and Initial Public Offerings (IPOs and DPOs), business plan outlines, venture capital, venture capital clubs, and “How To” books about entrepreneurship.

 

VETERANS
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Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities
A curriculum that describes how to help consumers develop a business plan, containing chapters on assessment, a recommended self-employment process, information about self-employment resources, the use of PASS plans for self-employment, and strategies for supported self-employment.

Small Business Notes, Military Veteran Small Business Resources
Provides information and resources for veterans looking to start or currently operating a small business.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Vocational Rehabilitation and Emlpoyment Services
Dedicated to supporting qualified veterans who are exploring business ownership, expanding a business, or moving into the Federal marketplace.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The Center for Veterans Enterprise Web Portal
Dedicated to helping to improve the business climate for veterans, to minimize access barriers, and to inform the public about the benefits of working with veteran-owned small businesses.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The Center for Veterans Enterprise Web Portal, Financing Information Page
This Web site provides veterans with information on the availability and steps necessary to acquire grants for veteran’s starting or running their own businesses.

U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Veterans Business Development
Maximizes the availability, applicability and usability of all administration small business programs for veterans, service-disabled veterans, reserve component members, and their dependents or survivors. 

U.S. Small Business Administration, Patriot Express
Provides information on the Patriot Express Loan Initiative, which can carry a value of up to $500,000.

Veterans Corporation
Charged with creating and enhancing entrepreneurial business opportunities for veterans, including service-disabled veterans.

Veterans Entrepreneurship Task Force
Advocates for the support of America's service disabled and other veteran-owned entrepreneurial enterprises, as one way for veterans to provide economic security and prosperity for their families and for the communities they live in.

 

WOMEN IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP
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Key4Women: KeyBank Women’s Business Program
Small business services for women.

Ladies Who Launch: Entrepreneurship and Creativity as a Lifestyle
An organization dedicated to promoting women in the field of entrepreneurship.

Lessons From Female Owners Around the World
Stories of female owners from countries as geographically, politically, and socially diverse as Afghanistan and Mexico.

National Association of Women Business Owners
An organization that connects more than 10 million women business owners to promote equality and ingenuity.

WISE Womens’ Business Center
A resource for women entrepreneurs at all stages of business development, located in the South Side Innovation Center in Syracuse.

Women and Angel Investing: An Untapped Pool of Equity for Entrepreneurism
Insight and recommendations from leading female angel investors.

Women Entrepreneur
A magazine and e-zine with articles, blogs, and discussions on all issues related to women entrepreneurs.

Women TIES
Dedicated to creating a local, state and regional marketplace for women entrepreneurs in New York State and promoting, fostering, and forging strong economic connections between women entrepreneurs.