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The Federal Government publishes numerous resources for the entrepreneur, from guides to developing business plans (including free software for writing business plans) and directories of local offices which can aid beginners, to information on selling to the military. Although not inclusive, the following list contains prominent government on-line sources dealing with various areas of interest to the small business person. All sites are free except the one noted.
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Small Business Administration World Wide Web Homepage
In addition to offering directories of SBA personnel and affiliates by state and city, this site maintains information helpful for small businesses such as currently available Federal financing and training, and general topics on starting and expanding a small business.

First Tennessee Small Business Center (Memphis/Shelby County Public Library)
Outstanding site. The Small Business Center at the Public Library has been a valuable community resource for years. Now the information is even better as hot links guide you to local and state resources. Particularly valuable is the directory created by the librarians, Where to Go for Small Business Information in Memphis and Shelby County. The list of small business resources can be accessed by agency or subject and entries provide information on type of help offered, any associated costs or requirements, and contacts. This small business guide should be a model for all cities.

Minority Business Development Agency
An agency of the Department of Commerce, the MBDA provides access to public/private debt and equity financing.

Tennessee Small Business Development Center
SBDCs provide one on one counseling for management and technical business problems. This site contains locations of SBDCs throughout the State and information about the service of the local International Trade Center among other helpful things. A training and education calendar for the year is a great service.

Women's Business Center
Partnership of SBA's Office of Women's Business Ownership and SBA's Women's Business Centers. The site offers extensive information on starting, running, managing, expanding a business. Although the focus is women, most of the information is generic. Men will find the site just as useful.

Senate Committee on Small Business U.S. Senate
Information on members, hearing schedule, news releases, legislation and some publications.

House Committee on Small Business U.S. House
Information on members, news releases, legislation, reports and small business facts.

FirstGov - Business Gateway
Directory and search engine for companies transacting business with the Federal government.

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DOING  BUSINESS WITH THE GOVERNMENT

Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Office
Marketing opportunities in contracting and subcontracting with the federal government including Selling to the Military, a guide to doing business with the government. A Guide for Small Business, Small and Disadvantaged Business, and Women-Owned Business, a publication designed to help the small business person understand regulations involved in selling to the government.

FirstGov - Business Gateway
Directory and search engine for companies transacting business with the Federal government.

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STARTING A  BUSINESS

Developing Your Business Plan Workshop
Business plan outline which includes describing your business, determining location, developing a marketing plan, assessing competition and other aspects of the plan.

Shareware Available from SBA
Online workbook for preparing a business plan, business plan Masters for both Word and Lotus, and more, all free.

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FINANCING YOUR  BUSINESS

SBA Homepage
Description of specialized financing such as Seasonal Line of Credit Program and Veteran's Program. Forms are frequently available for downloading.

SBA Local Resources
Preferred/certified lenders by state, SBA investment companies.

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CLASSES FOR  BUSINESS

Starting a Business
Several free online courses are offered by the SBA to help prospective entrepreneurs better understand the basics about starting a small business.

Business Planning
Several free online courses are offered by the SBA to help prospective and existing entrepreneurs understand the basics about writing a business plan.

Business Management
Several free online courses are offered by the SBA to help prospective and existing entrepreneurs understand the basic business management.

Finance & Accounting
Several free online courses are offered by the SBA to help prospective and existing entrepreneurs understand the basics about finance and accounting.

Marketing & Advertising
Several free online courses are offered by the SBA to help prospective and existing entrepreneurs understand the basics about marketing and advertising.

Government Contracting
Several free online courses are offered by the SBA to help prospective and existing entrepreneurs understand the basics about government contracting.

Risk Management & Cyber Security
An online course is offered by the SBA to help prospective and existing entrepreneurs understand the basics about computer security.

E-commerce
Several free online courses are offered by the SBA to help prospective and existing entrepreneurs understand the basics about e-commerce.

International Trade
Several free online courses are offered by the SBA to help prospective and existing entrepreneurs understand the basics about international trade.

Federal Tax Training
Several free online courses are offered by the SBA to help prospective and existing entrepreneurs understand the basics about federal tax requirements.

Small Business Retirement
Several free online courses are offered by the SBA to help prospective and existing entrepreneurs understand issues surrounding small business retirement.

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I TERNATIONAL TRADE

Small Business Guide to Exporting
This guide including information on deciding to export, identifying markets and export financing and more.

STAT-USA
Web site is searchable in the Government Publications Department, otherwise it is available through subscription. Contains amble business information on foreign markets, international trade, and economic development in general.

Comprehensive source of international trade data. Contains thousands of files including basic export information, trade statistics, market research reports, overseas contacts, how-to guide and trade opportunities

Small Business Programs Guide
The Export-Import Bank of the U.S., Small business Program Division, is responsible for assisting the export financing of U.S. goods and services through a variety of loan guarantee and insurance programs. Available programs are described and a list of contacts provided.

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