This resource center offers company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies, and business periodicals.
This is the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's official site for independent inventors. It provides comprehensive information on intellectual property, patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Also included is an extensive FAQ section.
The protection of intellectual property can play an important role in small business if the owner is looking to trademark the business name and logo or if the business is based on an invention or original works. This website is a handbook created by the Lemelson-MIT Program to address the independent inventor's and aspiring entrepreneur's most frequently asked questions regarding U.S. patents.
site is administered by the U.S. National Science Foundation on behalf
of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Technology. As
part of the federal government's research and development efforts, the
information is targeted toward the nation's small, high-tech, innovative
businesses. Included are solicitations from different government
agencies, government-sponsored SBIR events, and other federal and state
as the "Counselors to America's Small Business," SCORE is a national
association dedicated to helping small business owners form and develop
their businesses. SCORE has 364 chapters in the U.S. and is a partner of
the U.S. SBA. This website provides online mentoring and training in
the form of email and online workshops. It also helps with locating a
local SCORE office for in-person mentoring.
The U.S. SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small business concerns. The Small Business Planner and Tools categories have information and resources that address every stage of the business life cycle. The site also offers financial, disaster, and counseling assistance as well as other services. Most helpful is the link to local resources that helps identify SBA district and regional offices and Small Business Development Centers at the state level.
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce Patent and Trademark Office, intellectual property-based businesses and entrepreneurs drive more economic growth in the U.S. than any other single sector. Unfortunately, this has captured the attention of pirates and organized crime. This site is part of a nationwide effort dedicated to protecting the intellectual property interests of small businesses from theft. Of particular interest is the FAQ section, which helps small businesses, home-based businesses, inventors, and entrepreneurs decide when, where, and how to file for intellectual property protection.
Find resources on starting and managing a business, selling to and buying from the government, exporting, importing, and much more.
Search this database to learn how to start, finance, or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles, and websites. Utilize the help section to get started!