Business/Entrepreneurship Web Resources

Getting Started
" contains the largest single online collection of free sample business plans. In addition, it has helpful tools and know-how for managing your business. includes practical advice on planning, interactive tools and calculators, and a panel of experts. has won several awards as a valuable "plain talk" resource. It is owned and operated by Palo Alto Software, Inc. as a free resource to help entrepreneurs plan better businesses."
" is the U.S. Government's official website for small businesses. provides access to Federal, state, and local information that helps business owners successfully start and operate while staying compliant with laws and regulations."

Edward Lowe Foundation
The Edward Lowe Foundation supports and provides information resources and educational opportunities for entrepreneurs.
Site features "Ask Entrepreneur", business ideas, how-to-guides, getting financing, finding customers, free Entrepreneur newsletters and much more.

Entrepreneuring:  The Ten Commandments for Building a Growth Company
This book presents ten basic principles for starting and growing a business; this PDF presents highlights from the book.

Kaufmann Foundation
Promotes entrepreneurial success at all levels, from elementary school students to high-growth entrepreneurs. The Foundation's entrepreneurship website is devoted to this topic and provides more information about programs and resources in this arena.

U.S. Small Business Administration
"The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation."

Wall Street Journal How-To Guide Small Business
Tips from the WSJ's regular reporters and columnists.

Company Information

Find company and product information for over 90,000+ private and public companies and their business units, as well as units of foreign companies, government labs, and non-profits. Companies include pharmaceutical, medical, biotech, software companies and more!

Entrepreneurial Study

Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center  The Wharton School
"Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs (WEP) is widely considered one the most influential Centers of entrepreneurship in the world. The Wharton School was the first to develop a fully integrated curriculum of entrepreneurial studies in 1973.   The Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center named by its benefactor, Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider in memory of his father, was the first Center dedicated to the study of entrepreneurship. Working around the world to advance understanding of entrepreneurship, Wharton researchers produce studies drawn from analysis in China, South Africa, the US and many other economies. Current research is focused on a range of topics such as large-scale job creation, productivity and international competitiveness."

Industry Information

Bizminer provides detailed financial and marketing data on U.S. industries.  It covers 16,000 lines of business in 300 U.S. markets.  Types of reports include Industry Financial Profiles, Market Research Reports, Area Demographic Profiles, Sole Proprietorship/Startups, and Local Market Profiles."
Small business statistics.

Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys.
Use the Industry tab and select a broad industry from the dropdown menu.

Industry Research
A guide by the Baker Library Services of Harvard Business School, listing selected resources that focus on industry overviews, news, trends, analysis and associations.

Marketing & Market Research

Market is the world's largest and continuously updated collection of market research. They offer more than 250,000 market research reports from over 650 leading global publishers."  Research Specialists provide in-depth knowledge of the publishers and the various types of reports in their respective industries. Find "qualitative industry analysis and quantitative research on market trends including data on market segmentation, size and growth."

Find franchise opportunities as well as news and upcoming conference information. 

Buying a Franchise:  A Consumer Guide from the Federal Trade Commission
The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, has prepared an online guide to explain how to shop for a franchise opportunity, the obligations of a franchise owner, and questions to ask before you invest.

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