Resource Links

TaxHelp.org
A financial tax guide for self-employed individuals and small business owners. It provides a straightforward introduction to filing and deductible business expenses.  Also provided are state and city-level tax data and a searchable database of over 200,000 CPAs.

The Ultimate Guide to Business Plans - Comprehensive guide to writing a business plan for an ecommerce store.

www.bizmove.com
The Internet's largest source of information for small business.
Includes:

  • Starting a Business
  • Financial Management
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Personnel Management
  • Internet Business
  • General Management
  • International Business
  • Buying a Business
  • Business Plans

www.nfib.com/illinois
Many small business tools including:

  • how to start a business
  • writing a business plan
  • marketing
  • accounting, tax, and law
  • employee benefits
  • loan payment calculator

Constant Contact helps small businesses, associations, and nonprofits connect with their customers, clients, and members. With its email marketing, online survey and event marketing tools—supported by its expert personal coaching and support—help all types of small businesses and organizations create professional-looking email newsletters and insightful online surveys and begin a dialogue with their customers.

U.S. Census Bureau website where you can search any zip code, city, county, metro area or state for demographic data. Very helpful in defining the size of your potential customer base.

Small Business Administration website containing information on starting & financing a small business, SBA resources, and a classroom where you can learn how to prepare a business plan.

Women's Business Center, directed at the special needs of women owned businesses. Information available on a variety of topics including marketing, management, technology, and doing business with the government

Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, the state agency responsible for assisting small businesses. Contains information, guides, loan program information, and referrals to other resources.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website, where you can obtain information and guides on preparing patent applications and trademarks. You can also search for existing patents and download forms.

IRS website where you can download and print every tax form and publication or ask questions.

Illinois Secretary of State website where you can search for corporate name availability and access incorporation forms.

freeadvice.com has plain English explanation of legal concepts for business owners.

Palo Alto Software has a very large number of sample business plans.

Business Owner's Toolkit has many sample forms and guides for almost any business topic.

Insure.com's small business section has a plain English explanation of insurance for small businesses.

The Company Corporation does incorporation for you.

Illinois Department of Revenue site where you can obtain information and forms on sales tax, income tax and more.

Missouri Small Business Development Centers Library is an excellent site containing links to TONS of resources on business plans, including sample plans.

The Small Business Development Centers National Information Clearinghouse has a huge amount of statistics for various industries, trends, and customer data.

BizBuy Sell can show you more than 25,000 businesses that are currently for sale.

Business Owners Idea Cafe website is operated by top entrepreneurs that include varieties of award-winning resources.

Survey Monkey is a website for creating free surveys.

TradePub.com lists numerous publications you can subscribe to for free.

Word of Mouth Marketing Association, WOMMA, is where you will find the latest on marketing strategies.

Work.com features over 2,000 how-to guides for all business owners, big or small.