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Small Business Web Links
Useful websites compiled by Belvedere-Tiburon librarians.


Business Source Complete (In-Library use only)
Business Source Complete(Access from home)
Provides comprehensive coverage in all disciplines of business. Includes market research, industry reports, and company profiles.

AtoZdatabases: Search Jobs, Businesses or Mailing Lists
The database includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!

Small Business Reference Center (Remote access requires MARINet library card & PIN.)
Excellent resource for business owners and start-ups. Includes industry information, sample business plans, small business videos, and full text access to Nolo Press's business books.

Business Sites
Downloadable forms, contracts, expert business advice, directories, and other resources for small and growing businesses and entrepreneurs can be found here. The site has been recommended by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Fortune, among others.

Edward Lowe Foundation
This nonprofit agency focuses on "second-stage" businesses, those that have survived the start-up process and are ready to take steps to improve and expand their businesses.

This site matches freelance graphic designers, bookkeepers, legal consultants and other specialists with businesses that need outside services. Small businesses can list projects for free and get bids from freelancers, who pay a fee to list their services.

The Entrepreneurs' Help Page
Young business professionals created this site in order to help young and inexperienced entrepreneurs have access to the basic information needed to start and run a business. Information on insurance, business financing, loans, legal matters and management issues are included. The site also includes sections on marketing, strategy, setting up an office, and business humor.

Health Coverage Guide
Wondering where to start in providing health coverage to your small business employees in California? This philanthropic organization gives you a step-by-step guide to setting up health plans, and includes legal considerations. Operated by the California HealthCare Foundation.
Operated by a business consulting firm, provides articles, business how-to's, templates for business plans and various forms, and financial calculators and tools. A free newsletter offers helpful articles and tips for the small business owner.
Founded by a Los Angeles entrepreneur in response to the 1992 riots, the nonprofit My Own Business offers a free online course in how to start a small business. Fee-based courses are also offered.

Nolo Small Business Law Center
Nolo focuses on the legal aspects of small business enterprises. The site includes free articles and links to material from writing business plans and choosing a name, to business structures, employee issues, taxes, licensing, and numerous other areas of interest.
Geared toward women business owners, the site is divided into three areas: products, networking and information. Within each area brief information is provided along with links to other resources on the topic.

Government Sites

Business Reference Services
The Library of Congress provides information sources for basic research in the area of business, including links to small business resources on the Internet and bibliographies of materials in the LOC collection.

California Business Portal: Starting a Business
Specific steps to follow to start a business in California.

County of Marin: Doing Business
Information about permits and licenses, tax laws, and starting a business in Marin County can be found at this site. Some forms are online.

IRS Small Business and Self-Employed One-Stop Resource
Tax information and forms, articles, links, and an online classroom provide answers to many of those nagging questions for the small business person.

Small Business Development Center (National Information Clearinghouse)
In partnership with the Small Business Administration, this directory site offers links to numerous other sites for all aspects of business, including getting started, finance, marketing, small business trends, demographics, business plans and more.

U.S. Small Business Administration: San Francisco Office
A multitude of local information for the small business owner is offered at this site. Trainings and events, counseling, publications and downloadable materials are available. Great site to start with for small business questions.

U.S. Small Business Administration: Special Interests
This site provides information for special interest groups facing certain obstacles in starting and running businesses. Look in the box under Small Business Communities.

Organization Sites

American Small Businesses Association (ASBA)
The goal of this organization is to provide resources to promote and preserve small businesses.

Bay Area Council
The Bay Area Council is a public policy advocacy organization sponsored by businesses in the nine-county Bay Area.

National Association for the Self Employed (NASE)
This organization provides support for small businesses (ten employees and under) in the form of benefit and buying consortiums, representation of small business interests with legislators, and tools and resources to enable small businesses to compete effectively with larger businesses.

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
The organization represents the business interests of women nationwide by effecting change in business culture, providing networking opportunities, and strengthening economic development.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE): Counselors to America's Small Business
A nonprofit organization with chapters all over the country, SCORE offers free advice to entrepreneurs in all areas of business. Counseling and workshops are offered through the San Francisco and Bay Area chapters in Novato and San Rafael. Good organization for finding a business mentor.

Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
Basic information about the local chamber of commerce and the businesses located in the Tiburon and Belvedere area.

Magazine Sites

Business Week
A staple for the latest news from the business world.

Trends in business, issues and problems in beginning and running a small business are the topics in this leading magazine for the small business person.

While the main focus is on news and analysis, regular features on entrepreneurs, marketing and technology will be useful for those in small business.

Fortune offers a good general and sometimes in-depth view of business and industry developments, covering some small companies as well as investing and personal finance.

An important magazine for small and medium sized businesses, this magazine features articles on trends, technology, and strategies for success in all aspects of business.