Riverside Public Library
:: Small business resources
A selective listing of online resources.
- General Small Business Resources
- State & Local (Riverside/Inland Empire) Small Business Resources
- Small Business & Government
- Starting & Financing a Business
- Business Plans
- Supporting Organizations, Partners & Counseling
- Public Records
- Franchising & Working from Home
- Meta Small Business Sites
Small Business Administration
The official website of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The website provides information on starting, financing and expanding a business, including a list of "great business hot-links," a library of business shareware, and links to SBA online classes. Key pages on this site include: business opportunities, business plan guide, financing, forms, and franchise hotline, management for growth, outside resources and business links, and starting your business.
AllBusiness: Champions of Small Business
The "Business Advice" section provides hundreds of how-to articles, expert advice, and downloadable (fee based) business forms and agreements. Other sections include business guides, starting a business, directories, sales & marketing and resources & solutions.
The Small Business Advisor
Contains a wide variety of on line information for the entrepreneur and small business owner.
CCH Business Owner's Toolkit
Free downloadable checklists, model business plans, forms, and other documents, for the small business owner.
This site tailors its information to family-owned and closely owned companies, covering such topics as sibling rivalry, and inter-generational issues.
California State Contracts Register
This site is a one-stop information source for state contracting opportunities in California, maintained by the state government.
California Business Portal: Starting a Business
When starting a new business, there are many important decisions to make and many rules and procedures that must be addressed. While there is no single source for all filing requirements, the following 7 steps have been developed to assist you in starting your business. From the California Secretary of State.
CalGOLD: Business Permits Made Simple
Provides businesses with information on permits and other requirements of California agencies at all levels of government, and links. Searchable by type of business and location.
California Chambers of Commerce
For more than 100 years, we’ve worked to make California a better place to do business by giving private-sector employers a voice in state politics and providing a full range of California-specific products and services. Our 15,000 members are a diverse group, ranging from companies like Mondavi Winery and the Walt Disney Corporation to local companies with a handful of employees .
City of Riverside – Business Resource Office – Business Resource Guide
The City of Riverside’s Development Department publication “Business Resource Guide” provides access to the various programs, tools and services throughout the city.
Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce
As one of the oldest, largest, and most influential chambers in the state, the GRCC works closely with local government and other entities to stimulate development and improve the quality of life.
Inland Empire Small Business Development Center
The Inland Empire Small Business Development Center, is a division of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, provides the small businesses and entrepreneurs of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties with business assistance services from a variety of locations in the Inland Empire.
Formerly BusinessLaw.gov. Guides you through the maze of government rules and regulations, and provides access to services and resources to help you start, grow, and succeed in business. Steps include launching your business, managing your business, growing your business, and getting out of business. In addition to federal government resources, the site now offers business owners access to 9,000 state, territory, county and city government sites providing information on starting and managing a business while complying with regulations at all levels.
Small Business and Self-Employed: One Stop Resource
This site provides a one-stop guide for employers to federal, state tax, and wage reporting information. It walks employers through the process of starting business, hiring employees, and understanding reporting requirements. It also links to the commonly used tax forms and publications, electronic filing services, state tax offices, and other tax-related websites.
The Small Business Economy for Data: A Report to the President (PDF)
Summarizes the economic and small business financial climate in over a particular year. Features two chapters on owner demographics.
SEC: Information for Small Businesses
The Securities & Exchange Commission provides a shortcut of valuable information relating to smaller companies. Coverage includes: Q&A Small Business and the SEC, SEC Advisory Committee on Small Public Companies, Small business Forms and Regulations, Federal/State Cooperation on Small Business, and How to Reach the Office of Small Business Policy.
Small Business Resources Guide
Maintained by the office of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, the California site contains links to federal, state, and local agencies that provide information and tools for the small business owner, many of which are free of charge.
Federal Business Opportunities
This site is a single government point-of-entry for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. Through one portal, small businesses seeking Federal markets for their products and services can identify current opportunities for doing so.
elaws Advisors: Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Business
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, these interactive classes provide information about a number of federal employment laws in a user-friendly manner .
Entrepreneur: Starting and Growing a Small Business
Written for entrepreneurs with practical information and concise, hands-on advice. Covers the latest developments in technology, money, management and marketing. Contains tips on everything from starting a business to finding funds.
Search the funding criteria of over 4,000 sources for business loans, venture capital, equipment leasing and commercial real estate financing. Free Registration.
My Own Business: A Course on How To Start a Business
Popular online course on how to avoid failure in starting and operating your own business. This course is run by successful business owners and professionals who donate their time and experience to point out common, avoidable mistakes. My Own Business, Inc, (MOBI) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to helping new businesses succeeds in every community. Topics include: Deciding on a Business, The Business Plan, Computer and Communication Tools, Business Organization, Licenses, Permits, and Business Names, Business Insurance, Locating and Leasing and much more. This site is also available in Spanish.
Startup Journal: The Wall Street Journal Center for Entrepreneurs
Content comes from the powerful editorial resources of The Wall Street Journal, the world's leading business publication, as well as WSJ.com, industry experts and Startup Journal's editorial team. The Wall Street Journal Center for Entrepreneurs provides information on franchising, financing, and general information on running a business. Includes database of businesses and franchises for sale, mini-business plan tool, case studies
Formerly known as Entreworld. The site provides original articles, written by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, and aggregates “the best of the best” content on the Web related to starting and running high-impact companies. Topics include Finance & Accounting, People (Human Resources), Sales & Marketing, Products & Services, Operations, and The Entrepreneur. Content in e-Venturing also is arranged by type: Entrepreneurs' Stories, How To's, Tools & Templates and Kauffman Points of View and more.
Provides "independent, unbiased information" to help "small business owners in California" decide whether to offer health insurance to employees and to choose the best plan for their company and employees. Includes 1) legal considerations 2) who is eligible for coverage, and 3)a step-by-step planning guide for setting up a business health plan. From the California HealthCare Foundation.
SBA: Business Plan Basics
Official website of the Small Business Administration. Includes a step by step tutorial on how to write a business plan. Also has a link to sample business plans (B-Plans), and free online courses (Specific Training).
Bplans: Business Planning Made Easy
Over 50 free sample business plans and marketing plans from Palo Alto Software, maker of Business Plan Pro. Also includes relevant articles, legal advice, market research resources, and tools to calculate cash flow, ROI, etc. Free registration required for access to some features.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Business Plans Index
This index lists types of small businesses and a corresponding sample business plan, profile or book about the business with sources provided after each entry. Entries that refer to actual sample plans are in bold print. If the plan or profile is online, a link is provided. While the list covers print sources in the Business Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, many other libraries may own the same book.
American Express: Small Business Plan Resources
Workshop on creating an effective business plan. Covers introductory elements, business description, the market, development and production, sales & marketing, management and financials. Includes Links to Articles (SBA Loans: An Overview) and Tools & Quizzes (How Much Do You Know About Getting Money for Your Business?)
Small Business Startups: Business Plans & Entities
From Microsoft Small Business Center. Links to important issues dealing with business plans & entities: 1) Is LLC the best entity for your business? 2)'Oedipus Wrecks' and other business names to avoid 3) Pick the business entity that's right for you 4) How to write a business plan 5) Start your business partnership off right 6) How to find America's best-paying cities 7) More pros than cons to becoming an S corporation 8) Sole proprietorships: simple, but not very flexible 9) C corporations: Benefits are a big (deductible) benefit 10) Best and worst states to run a small business 11) 7 biggest mistakes of business startups.
SCORE: Counselors to America's Small Business
The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) gives small business owners guidance in establishing and maintaining successful enterprises. The website offers disaster advice; locations of local chapters; links to calculators, free software, business plans, trade shows, and other business resources; news and informational articles; and free, confidential counseling by e-mail. Counselors representing more than 600 skills are available to assist in locating investors, setting goals, veterans' business issues, and other matters. For an effective search, you must choose from list of areas of expertise. Links to Template Gallery (Business Toolbox) and 60 Second Guides ( Learning Center)
Small Business Development Center
The National SBDC National Information Clearinghouse provides research support to over 900 Small Business Development Centers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Their website also has several sections of interest to the small business planner. Information pathfinders lead to guides to rural business, research companies, and a Spanish language guide to searching the Internet. Internet Resources has links in more than twenty categories, from start-ups and buying/selling a business to e-commerce and employee and tax information.
U.S. Small Business Administration: Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
Important information and guidelines concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for the small business.
Largest free public records database collection. A free site for searching a huge array of public record information of all types. Can be searched nationwide, state, worldwide, and even outer space. Provides links that range from licensed professions in California to charitable trusts, from property foreclosure sales to city & county tax rates.
With over 22 million domain sites listed, this is an impressive tool. Any business with a presence on the Web can be expected to be listed here. The Delete Domain Search feature is helpful for checking who has folded or selecting a domain name that has suddenly become available.
Be The Boss
This site contains information updated daily about the most exciting business and franchise opportunities available. Owning a franchise enables you to be in business for yourself, but not by yourself. Click on Franchise Directory link to search by category, investment level, company name, and featured franchise. Has link to "local" Be the Boss for the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
International Franchise Association
The International Franchise Association provides information on franchise opportunities and development worldwide in an easy to search format.
Excellent site, for Global Franchise information. This commercial site provides basic information about franchising as well as a guide to franchise opportunities in the United States, Canada and abroad.
Free consultation for people interested in purchasing a franchise. Funded by corporations nationwide seeking qualified people to run and operate franchises in the United States.
BizOffice.com: Small and Home Based Business Resources
Offers links to franchise and home based business opportunities. Includes TOP 10 Work at Home programs. Also includes links to Government Grant Information.
Entrepreneurship & Small Business websites
University of Pennsylvania Lippincott Library Research Guides. Over 30 links to valuable small business and entrepreneurship websites.
Idea Cafe, known as the Business Owners Idea Cafe, has a fun approach to serious business. Developed by successful entrepreneurs and authors of published guides on forming and running a business, it includes resources, practical advice, business and marketing plans in both service and manufacturing sectors, and business news. Business site links are summarized and reviewed. There is a grant center, profiles of people in small business ventures, financing focus section, and links to free trade publications.
This is the leading online source for small business statistics, including financial ratios, benchmarks, and information as specific as the safest and riskiest type of small business.
Small Business Knowledge Base
This is a comprehensive source of information for small businesses, particularly on internet related businesses and related international trade.