American FactFinder:

Census information on the demographics of your community including population, housing and the economy.


BizStats is the leading free online source for small business statistics.

IRS Small Business Portal:

You can find here answers to small business tax questions, plus access to forms and publications, a video library, an event calendar and other online tools and products.


Connects volunteer lawyers with microbusiness and nonprofits.

Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA):

Supports businesses in minority communities by providing grant and loan information, business opportunities and business certification resources

National Women’s Business Council (NWBC):

Provides independent advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues important to female business owners


SCORE, “the nation’s largest network of volunteer business experts,” is an SBA resource partner, dedicated to entrepreneur education. SCORE has over 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters with years of business experience available to help small business owners through one-on-one counseling, business tools and training programs

Small Business Administration (SBA):

The U.S. Small Business Administration provides loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small 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

Social Security Online:

Home to multiple social security resources for small businesses and employees

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Information on U.S. working conditions, labor market activity, and price changes in the economy

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office:

Grants U.S. patents and registers trademarks

Women’s Business Centers (WBCs):

Education centers for women business owners across the U.S. along with online resources

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC):

Provides assistance and education to certified women’s business enterprises (WBEs) and government entities.


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