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www.sba.gov (U.S. Small Business Administration)

www.score.org (SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business)

www.census.gov (U.S. Census Bureau)

www.census.gov/epcd/www/naics.html (North American Industry Classification System)

www.uspto.gov (U.S. Patent & Trademark Office)

www.dol.gov (U.S. Department of Labor)

www.bls.gov (Bureau of Statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor)

www.irs.gov/businesses (Internal Revenue Service/Department of the Treasury)

www.loc.gov/rr/business/busprov (U.S. Library of Congress Business Archives)

http://tax.illinois.gov/Businesses/index.htm (Illinois Department of Revenue)

http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/business_services/home.html (Illinois Secretary of State)

http://www2.illinois.gov/business/Pages/default.aspx (State of Illinois Business Portal)

www.ienconnect.com (Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Site #1)

www.illinoisworknet.com (Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Site #2)

www.state.il.us/agency/idol (Illinois Department of Labor)

http://www.idph.state.il.us/ (Illinois Department of Public Health)

http://www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/plumbing.htm (Department of Health Plumbing Codes, More)


Business Planning, Marketing and Research Assistance

www.bplans.com (Palo Alto Software site with over 500 free sample business plans available)

www.howstuffworks.com/forms-samples (Sample Business Plans and Forms, Excel Sheets, More)

http://www.inc.com/services/write_biz_plan/ (INC. Magazine’s Resource Site)

www.entrepreneur.com (Entrepreneur Magazine Resource Website)

www.bizzer.com/images/Financial (Financial Statement Training)

www.bizstats.com (Free Business Statistics & Financial Ratios/Industry Standards)

www.census.gov/compendia/statab (Census Bureau Statistical Abstract)

www.loc.gov/rr/business/busprov (Library of Congress Business Archives)

www.cfed.org (Economic Opportunity Development)

www.locationone.com (Physical Business Site Locating Services)

www.insurancenoodle.com (Small Business Insurance Info and Free Quotes)


Minority Assistance

www.sba.gov/aboutsba/sbaprograms/onlinewbc/index.html (SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership & Entrepreneurial Development)

www.nwbc.gov (National Women’s Business Council)

www.nawbo.org (National Association of Women Business Owners)

www.nhbic.net (National Hispanic Business Information Center)


Credit Reports

www.ftc.gov/freereports (The Federal Trade Commission site to ensure that you receive your FREE credit report from all three agencies listed below once every 12-months)