.1. business plans........
iStart The Leading Community for Business Plan Competitions.
BPlans.com 500+ Free Sample Business Plans from PaloAlto Software
BusinessPlans.org - Award-Winning example business plans
SCORE.org - Counselors to America's Small Business free and confidential small business advice, business plan templates, more. SCORE stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives. The SCORE Association, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneurial education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide.
Inc.com - Business Plans at Internet Speed - a series of articles and resources to help you with business-planning research.
Microsoft Office - How to Write a Business Plan for small and mid-size companies. A business plan is your road map for how you expect to succeed and how you'll measure success.
morebusiness.com Sample business plans, start a business checklist, business planning resources, help on startups, business plans, running a small business, and many useful articles.
Ready.gov/Business helps owners and managers of small- and medium-sized businesses prepare their employees, operations and assets in the event of an emergency.
FundedPlans.com Business plan consulting and writing firm.
SBA Business Planner Outline for a business plan. Use this model as a guide when developing the business plan for your business.
Virtual Restaurant Tools for restaurant startup and management.
.2. market research...............
3. marketing & sales............
.4. student entrepreneurs.......
iStart for students - helps student competitors sharpen their focus and bring their entrepreneurial ideas to life beyond the classroom – compete for prize money, connect with investors and mentors, network with like-minded individuals or find startups looking for help.
LemonadeDay.org introduces kids to entrepreneurship! This citywide event encourages kids to start a lemonade stand and sell their lemonade to the entire community. Schools, community groups and businesses get involved to make this all happen. Click on your city to get more information and don't forget to get involved with Lemonade Day!
.5. business incubators............
Business Incubator Development Program (BID) Managed by International Technology Research Institute (ITRI) of Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland.
Business Incubators and Enterprise Creation This page lists and rates electronic resources related to enterprise creation, incubators, and self employment initiatives.
Clean energy alliance The National Alliance of Clean Energy Business Incubators partners the best in government research and development with the best clean energy and technology incubators in the nation.
Toronto Fashion Incubator Made to measure business solutions for new and established fashion designers, entrepreneurs, professionals and students
National Business Incubation Association Information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies.
6. entrepreneur resources......
Build a Stronger America Sign the pledge to build a stronger America
Inventors of America Supporting invention and entrepreneurship. Education and certification.
Growthink.com helps individuals and organizations worldwide identify and pursue new opportunities, maximize growth and revenues, and fulfill their missions.
.7. manufacturing resources.....
.8. human resources..............
.9. financing resources.......................
BusinessTown.com glossary of business loan terminology, advice on alternatives for obtaining financing and links to numerous sources of business financing.
Consultant to help you find funding Profit Dynamics Inc. founded in 1987 focuses on entrepreneurs, small and mid-sized companies, and has assisted in the preparation and review of hundreds of business plans.
GoForFunding.com is a platform to bring entrepreneurs, business owners and investors (angel investors and venture capitalists) closer together. The site is strictly intended for existing business owners and entrepreneurs to post their capital needs. Investors can browse through various investment opportunities as well.
International Finance Corporation A private sector arm of the World Bank Group. Providing investments and advisory services to build the private sector in developing countries.
Lenders Interactive Services LIS is a free and easy to use tool for businesses and individuals to instantly find lenders matched to their needs. Consumers simply indicate their needs from the pull-down menus and are immediately given a detailed list of compatible Lending Institutions.
SBA.gov The Small Business Association is committed to helping small businesses, which are the backbone of the nation’s economy, thrive. Working closely with a wide range of lending partners across the country, SBA has developed a number of financial programs that address the various needs of small businesses.
Small Business: Canada Sources of small business financing and financing information to start and grow your Canadian small business, from getting small business loans through attracting investors.
.10. angel financing................
Angeldex | database of angel investors from entrepreneurdex
Directory of Angel & VC Investors This is a directory of over 400 Angel Investors and Venture Capital firms. Many firms will only invest in companies developing specific technologies or within certain industries, so review each one for compatibility. You can isolate the firms by the funding stages they invest in, from seed stage to mergers.
Manufacturing Associations This is a directory of over 450 manufacturing related associations. Developing new products or technologies can require assistance from various sources. This directory should prove useful as you pursue your invention or business growth efforts.
The Sacramento Angels The Sacramento Angels is a group of individuals who invest in early-stage Northern California companies. The group meets once a month over dinner and listens to presentations from candidate companies. If some members show interest in a presenting company, the group facilitates their efforts to share further due diligence.
The Entree Investor Service Network The Entree Network of active and retired Fortune 500 executives works with management and investment groups involved with technology and other start-up late and early stage companies in their implementation of strategic partnering plans, acquisitions, mergers, sales, management and venture funding approaches and needs. Individual private investors as well as venture capital firms, investment banks and investor groups provide consulting and possible sources of financing for clients.
Evaluating Angel Financing Questions board members should ask about angel financing strategies. Over the past several years, liberalization of certain securities laws and the stock market boom have resulted in increasing levels of angel financing. Under Rule 504 of Regulation D of the federal securities laws, investors purchasing up to the first $1,000,000 in stock in a private company in a 12 month period may typically resell their shares following an IPO without regard to the holding periods imposed under Rule 144. In the past, investors had to wait two years or more following their investment before they could resell under Rule 144.
.11. venture capital ...............
Accel Partners For over 25 years, Accel and its entrepreneurs have shared a common vision: be first. First to see the opportunity, first to define a category, and first to transform the industry.
Directory of VC Firms This is a directory of over 300 Venture Capital firms and Angel Investors. Many firms will only invest in companies developing specific technologies or within certain industries, so review each one for compatibility. You can isolate the firms by the funding stages they invest in, from seed stage to mergers.
RaiseCapital.com RaiseCapital.com is the premiere online destination for entrepreneurs to showcase their business ideas and capital needs directly to investors. Over 5100 registered investors waiting to hear about your big idea.
VCgate Get access to more than 4300 venture capital and private equity investors worldwide (who have over $900 billion in active funds!)
.12. SBA loans................... ..
BusinessFinance.com Categorized the funding criteria of over 4000 small business loans. Search and get your free matched list in seconds.
My Own Business, Inc. Since 1992, MOBI has supported the education of entrepreneurs and development of new businesses. Thousands of start-up and operating entrepreneurs have taken advantage of the free course. By providing free educational coursework to entrepreneurs, My Own Business is nurturing one of the greatest opportunities in the free world: going into business for oneself.
smallbusinesscenter.com The U.S. Government works with intermediaries, banks, and other lending institutions to provide loans and venture capital financing to small businesses unable to secure financing through normal lending channels.
SBA: Financing Your Business Working closely with a wide range of lending partners across the country, SBA has developed a number of financial programs that address the various needs of small businesses.
DGH Financial Services, Inc. A dynamic organization comprised of a staff of Small Business Experts that are committed to excellence. Since 1990, our firm has been assisting companies of all sizes expand and prosper by securing strategic financing designed for success. Our officers are dedicated professionals interested in your financial needs and have the experience and resources to meet all of your demanding requirements.
CapitalFunders.com Nationwide resources for asset-based funding and commercial lending.
TheGovermentGrants.com If you are thinking of starting or expanding a business, this is the category for you. Did you know Ross Perot started his first company with a FREE Government Grant? The U.S. Government understands small business is essential to our economy.
small-business-grants.biz The Government has set aside this money to help people who want to change their lives and achieve financial independence by starting their own small business.
Small Business Innovation Research Program The Office of Technology administers the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program. Through these two competitive programs, SBA ensures that the nation's small, high-tech, innovative businesses are a significant part of the federal government's research and development efforts. Eleven federal departments participate in the SBIR program; five departments participate in the STTR program awarding $2billion to small high-tech businesses.
The SBIR Coach Everyone knows that the SBIR game is competitive. The rules are complex, the stakes very high. Using his proprietary SBIR Playbook(TM), developed while his teams have compiled a combined lifetime SBIR winning batting average of over .300, Coach Fred Patterson and his staff will teach you the plays that gain competitive advantage and help you win SBIR awards for your company.
Community of Science (COS) is a collaborative network of scientists and their institutions. Our goal is simple-to accelerate science and promote the visibility and funding of scientific research. This site offers a searchable database of federal grants by agency or by topical keyword.
Federal Money Retriever - Small Business Grants Provides easy access to the more than $1 trillion the federal government offers in grants, loans and technical assistance... allows searches by beneficiary (such as business start-ups, women or minorities), and offers a quick review of newest programs.
Grants.gov This site allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies.
Foundation Grants Grant Seeker Pro will show you how to obtain money from non-profit organizations (Over 840,000 Listed organizations currently in our database!!!) You will find the funding you are looking for. There is over 100 billion dollars available for the year 2009!
DollarGrants.com Every year the United States government and private foundations give away billions of dollars in free grants in their free give-away programs. Unfortunately, most people don't know these programs exist.
Grant Strategies, LLC delivers grant writing and contract proposal writing for government, non-profits, schools, and businesses. Located in Rochester, Minnesota, we work nationwide by using phone, e-mail, mail and fax. Grant Strategies not only knows how to write a winning grant, but also how to ensure a grant is readily implemented and evaluated.
.14. buying or selling a business.
The Business Buyer Resource Center offers buyer advisory services.
Resource Center helping business buyers and business sellers through the business exchange process.
Valuations Resource Center offers business owners tools and advice for buying and selling a business, including an interactive valuations database.
Common mistakes made when buying a business.
Listings of business opportunities and resources to assist with buying and selling.
Network of business brokers assisting those who want to buy a business.
Online listings of USA businesses for sale.
.15. product or service...........
.16. lean management......... ...
Gemba Research is a global team of professionals dedicated to teaching kaizen and lean management practices based on the Toyota Production System. We deliver rapid results while building your team's capabilities to make persistent improvement a reality.
YourBusinessIsAlive.com We find ways to save your business money, grow your company, and increase productivity by streamlining processes both inter- and intra- departmentally. We specialize in inventory control, process flow optimization, multiline and multiproduct scheduling and logistics and distribution.
.17. foundations & charity... ...
Kaufman Foundation entrepreneurship and education
Lemonade Day introduces kids to entrepreneurship! This citywide event encourages kids to start a lemonade stand and sell their lemonade to the entire community.
.18. more biz utilities................ .