Small Business — Wilton Library
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Small Business

Items marked with connecticut1 are of special interest to Connecticut small business owners.

General

  • BizMove.com — The Small Business Knowledge Base
    Ten general categories address small business management issues such as starting up, Web marketing, and personnel management in a “how-to” format.
  • Business Start Page
    The Business Start Page is suggested by its author as a page from which the business owner can launch his work on the internet, rather than “surfing” around trying to find useful business information.
  • Center for Business Planning
    Business planning, marketing planning, and business strategy information, advice, and software. Features online interactive business consulting, sample small business plans, and outlines.
  • FranchiseGator
    Research hundreds of business opportunities and franchises for sale.
  • Kauffman Entrepreneurship
    From the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation comes this collection of resources for starting, running, and growing your business. With a free registration, you gain access to many useful resources and receive regular updates.
  • KnowThis.com Marketing Virtual Library
    Annotated guide to marketing resources. Areas covered include advertising, starting and running a business, careers and employment, consumer issues, legal information, electronic commerce, public relations, and selling & sales management.
  • SmallBusiness.com
    Guides, directories, local information and more.
  • Small Business Advisor
    Central to the site is the “advisor” section, which contains information on topics affecting small businesses such as start-up, marketing, legal considerations, and the Internet. The site also provides a glossary of terms, tax hints for small business, information about doing business with the U.S. government, and a collection of small business FAQs.
  • smSmallBiz.com
    Provides information on small business for entrepreneurs. Topics include marketing, technology, capital, taxes, best practices, and benefits.
  • Thinking Like an Entrepreneur
    Articles about entrepreneurship, state-by-state small business resources, an online guide to starting a small business, and more.

News

  • Business Week Online — SmallBiz
    A resource center for entrepreneurs from Business Week. Included are current issues from the perspective of small business owners, advice, Website recommendations, book excerpts, financial calculators, a glossary of terms, and market research links.
  • Entrepreneur.com
    “The small business authority” in its WWW version includes features on Money, Smarts, Marketing, Management, and Tech, and a wealth of information and advice.
  • Inc.com
    Considered by Folio to be the “best online magazine of the year,” Inc.com is impressive in its offering of news and information for small businesses.

Organizations

  • The Business Council of Fairfield County
    Online directory of Fairfield County businesses, local news and events, resources and research, and training opportunities for the Fairfield County business owner.
  • Connecticut Small Business Development Center
    Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs a wide array of technical assistance support which helps strengthen business performance and sustainability and adds to the creation of new businesses entities.
  • National Association for the Self-Employed
    This organization keeps members informed about legislative matters concerning the self-employed.
  • SCORE
    The Fairfield County SCORE page addresses issues in our surrounding communities.
  • United States Small Business Administration (SBA)
    Information on starting, financing, and expanding your small business, disaster assistance, legislation, and more from the federal government.

Startup

  • BizFilings
    You don’t need to pay an attorney to incorporate your business when you can do it online at a fraction of the cost. Business Filings Inc. also provides trademark search and registration services.
  • Connecticut Economic Research Center
    Registration and licensing, economic research, assistance in setting up or expanding a business, research and marketing services, and more for the CT business owner.
  • Franchise.com
    Matchmaking between manufacturers/distributers and those wishing to purchase a franchise or distributorship.
  • IdeaCafe
    Advice on financing a business, using new technologies, and communicating effectively with employees and clients is provided via a variety of on-site billboards and columns.

Tools

  • Bplans.com
    Information about real, implementable plans for small and medium-sized businesses.
  • Business Owner’s Toolkit
    Tools, advice, and informative resources for small business from Wolters Kluwer.
  • Entrepreneur.com
    Full of useful information, including FormNET, a page of downloadable business forms.
  • morebusiness.com
    Sections include getting started, running your business, products and reviews, templates and worksheets, and today’s news.
  • Small Business State Profiles
    These profiles from the Small Business Administration are snapshot views that include such topics as the number of businesses, income, minority businesses, turnover, finance, job growth, and industries. As such, they can help users quickly and easily gauge the state of small business in a state, a region, or the United States as a whole.