List of Startup Resources

Are you planning to launch a business? The following resources, including websites, publications and associations, will help you get off to a good start.

We’ve scoured the internet to find aspiring entrepreneurs the best resources and help for your new journey. Good luck!

Help From the Government

American FactFinder: Census information on the demographics of your community including population, housing and the economy

Business USA: A centralized, one-stop platform for businesses to access services to grow and hireResources

Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps): A database of federal government contracting opportunities

IRS Small Business Portal: Answers to small business tax questions, plus access to forms and publications, a video library, an event calendar and other online tools and products

Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA):  Supports businesses in minority communities by providing grant and loan information, business opportunities and business certification resources

National Association for the Self-Employed: Nonprofit membership association representing the small business community in Washington, DC

National Business Association: Group buying association provides its members with support programs, useful products and services and business-building resource materials

National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB): Nonprofit association representing small and independent businesses

National Women’s Business Council (NWBC): Provides independent advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress, and the US Small Business Administration on economic issues important to female business owners

SCORE: SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business,” is an SBA resource partner, dedicated to entrepreneur education. SCORE has over 12,000 volunteers with years of business experience available to help small business owners through on-on-one counseling, business tools and training programs

Small Business Administration (SBA): District offices in all 50 states provide resources, training and specialists to help start and grow businesses

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs): Resources vary by location, but typically include things like assistance with business planning, access to financing, counseling services and classes

Small Business Legislative Council: A coalition of trade and professional associations

Social Security Online: Help for employers

US Chamber of Commerce Small Business Nation: Membership is dominated by small businesses with 100 employees or less. The Chamber’s website has resources, toolkits on a variety of business topics and information on how you can get your voice heard in Washington, DC.

US Department of Commerce Department: Comprised of 12 different agencies, the Department promotes job creation and economic growth and works to strengthen America’s position in the global marketplace.

US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics: Information on U.S. working conditions, labor market activity, and price changes in the economy

US Export Assistance Center (USEACs) offers information about export assistance programs and services.

US Patent and Trademark Office: Grants U.S. patents and registers trademarks

Women’s Business Centers (WBCs): Education centers for women business owners

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC): Provides assistance and education to certified women's business enterprises (WBEs) and government entities


International Franchise Association (IFA)

The Franchise King



Home-Based Business

Working Naked

My Own Business

Home Business Magazine

Legal Information and Documents

Company Corporation




Small Business Magazines


Fast Company


Smart Hustle

Success Magazine

Small Business Websites


Bloomberg Business


Huffington Post: Small Business


Small Business Trends

Startup Nation

Startup Professionals

Wall Street Journal: Small Business

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