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Resources

Private, commercial resources have been included in this index when the website appears to provide free information of value. The SBDC does not endorse or expressly recommend any commercial for-profit companies to our clients. We recommend that clients employ wise consumer practices when selecting a product or service for purchase.

General

» Toolkit for business start-ups and has a business tools section as well
This is a complete small business toolkit and covers topics ranging from starting a business to financing a business, from managing finances and taxes to getting out of business. It is a complete toolkit from start to finish in topics for small business owners.
» Toolkits for business owners from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
This is a toolkit for business owners, which is handled by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It allows users to look at different aspects of a small business.

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Wisconsin Business

» Business.Gov Wisconsin Small Business Guide
Answers to common questions about doing business in Wisconsin.
» Capital Region Business Journal
A publication of the Wisconsin State Journal.
» Corporate Report Wisconsin
"Our mission is to provide insight on business statewide so that Wisconsin business executives have the information, advice and inspiration they need to run successful businesses." Includes free regional reports and e-newsletters in addition to the subscription-based journal.

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Business Planning

» Business plan site - guide to writing them and information and answers for possible questions
This website gives users the reasons for writing a business plan, how to structure it and what objectives a user should have for their business plan. The site also talks about how to specifically attract equity investors with the business plan, which is necessary when looking for outside funding sources.
» Sample Business Plans
This website allows users to browse through sample business plans for a variety of businesses and industries.

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For Inventors

» Spotting sweet-sounding promises of fraudulent invention promotion firms
This article is directed more towards inventors with ideas they need help bringing to market and they look for places who can sell ideas, which sometimes are not liable and trustworthy sources. This article also states the protections an inventor has through the Americans Inventors Protection Act of 1999.
» Ask the Inventors
This site, created by two successful invetors, offers answers to the most common invention questions, resources to help inventors get started, advice on how to bring an invention to market, and inventing news.

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Marketing

» B2B Marketing Magazine
This link to the B2B Marketing Magazine, which is a magazine for marketing strategists. It has information on social media marketing, media marketing, marketing metrics, direct/search marketing, advertising, virtual marketing, event marketing, and media business.
» Direct Marketing Association
This is a link to the Direct Marketing Association's homepage. There are links on their site for membership, more resources, events they are holding, and research.
» Search Engine Watch
This link offers information on various aspects of marketing, as well as search engine optimization and search engine marketing.

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Legal and Taxes

» Latest Tax News from the IRS Stakeholder Liaison for the SBDC
IRS News Updates and flyer for May 2012 with links to detailed information relevant for business owners.
» askthelawyers.com: Your online source for local legal help
AskTheLawyers.com provides access to attorneys in your area who are available for an initial online or telephone consultation for no charge. Also features online articles on many relevant topics.
» BitLaw: Contracts and forms index
The Forms & Agreements portion of BitLaw provides access to forms and example contracts relating to intellectual property and the Internet.
» Nolo: Law Books, Legal Forms and Legal Software
Includes a section called Nolopedia that features fee legal information for businesses.

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Funding

» Financing options
This site lets you look for different options in financing for small business owners. It allows users to conduct a search that would be specific to their type of business and see the types of financing options there are.
» Franchise Registry
This website gives users possible franchise options. It also gives information about the partnership between the SBA and FRANdata.
» The Myth About Grants for Businesses
This link offers users the myths about grants and business. It also talks about the different types of grants that are out there.

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