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Business Startup Resources

Resources for your small business

start up helpHere are a few business startup resources to help you get started. Check back, we’ll be adding more. Please let us know if there are some we should add. (Please note we are not affiliated with or recommending any of these businesses.)

Business Plans

  • Bplans.com – http://www.bplans.com/ sample business plans, includes the Plan Wizard which will match your business to a sample business plan


  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) http://www.irs.gov – tax information for business owners, small business section includes information on employment taxes, look for forms under Tax Help for Small Businesses to download various government forms including an SS-4 Application for Employer Identification Number (which you can process by phone, fax or mail)
  • Library of Congress http://lcweb.loc.gov/loc/infopub/ – obtaining an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) or International Standard Serial Number (ISSN), includes copyright information
  • Small Business Association (SBA) http://www.sba.gov – lots of information on starting a business, includes a business plan outline (outline also available in Spanish).
  • US Trademark and Patent Office http://www.uspto.gov/web/menu/tm.html – how to information and forms to register your name and/or logo, Trademark, Service Mark


Privacy Policy

  • Truste http://www.truste.org/ – click on Web Publisher’s Shortcuts for Truste’s Privacy Statement Wizard, lets you create a privacy policy specifically for your site

About Annette Richmond, MA

Annette Richmond, MA, CARW, CCELW, is a Certified Resume Writer, Certified LinkedIn Profile Writer, and former recruiter. Her career advice has been featured by Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Business Insider, Monster, Vault, and WSJ. She helps motivated, senior level professionals tell their unique career story. She also serves as executive editor of career-intelligence.com.


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