Business Resources - Additional

    • CorpTech
      Information on high-tech companies (free trial, but requires subscription; part of infoUSA)
      http://www.corptech.com/
    • EDGAR (U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission) Database
      Access company registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms filed with the SEC
      http://sec.gov/edgar.shtml
    • Fedstats
      Portal to statistics from over 100 governmental agencies, searchable by location, subject, or agency; includes link to US Statistical Abstracts
      http://www.fedstats.gov/
    • Google Finance
      Offers a broad range of information about stocks, mutual funds, public and private companies
      http://finance.google.com
    • Hoovers
      Provides business reports and industry profiles; subscription required for some data
      www.hoovers.com/free
    • Marketwatch
      Stock market quotes, business news, and financial news (subsidiary of Dow Jones & Co.)
      www.marketwatch.com
    • Reference USA
      Contains detailed information on more than 12 million U.S. businesses and over 120 million U.S. households; search by location, SIC code, business size, and more
      http://www.referenceusa.com/
    • Thomas Registry
      Comprehensive resource for industrial information, products, services, CAD drawings, etc.
      http://www.thomasnet.com/
    • Yahoo Finance
      Free stock quotes, up-to-date news, portfolio management resources, international market data, message boards, and mortgage rates
      http://finance.yahoo.com

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    • AllBusiness (Dun and Bradstreet Company)
      Resources including how-to articles, business forms, contracts and agreements, expert advice, blogs, business news, business directory listings, product comparisons, business guides, a business association, and more
      www.allbusiness.com
    • BPlans
      Online collection of free sample business plans and helpful tools and know-how for managing your business
      www.bplans.com
    • Business.com
      Search engine assisting with managing and growing a business; includes work.com, an expert community platform with advice on common business topics and how-to guides
      www.business.com
    • Business.gov
      Portal to small business information; links to federal, state, and local information so you can start and operate a business while complying with laws and regulations
      www.business.gov
    • Copyright Office
      Search existing copyrights and apply for a copyright online
      www.copyright.gov
    • Entrepreneur
      Includes pages about starting a business, marketing, financing, franchising, online business, human resources, and using technology
      www.entrepreneur.com
    • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
      Determine what regulations may apply and how to insure discrimination does not occur in your business.
      http://www.eeoc.gov/
    • FindLaw
      Provides answers to FAQs about starting a business, franchising, operating expenses, financing, and legal aspects of business.
      http://smallbusiness.findlaw.com
    • FedBizOps
      Point of entry to post, search, and monitor, and retrieve opportunities solicited by the federal government. A contract with the government has been the starting point for many small businesses
      www.fbo.gov
    • Frisco Chamber of Commerce
      The local Chamber works to enhance Frisco's quality of life by welcoming, uniting, and promoting local business (provides counseling in conjunction with SCORE)
      www.friscochamber.com
    • Health Insurance for Your Employees 
      The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) allows small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to compare health insurance options to offer employees and explore options for the self-employed. Learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace for small business owners.
      https://www.healthcare.gov/small-businesses
    • Inc.
      Provides advice, tools, and services to help business owners and CEOs start, run, and grow their businesses successfully, as well as information and advice covering business and management tasks, including marketing, sales, finding capital, managing people, and much more
      www.inc.com
    • My Own Business
      Educates entrepreneurs by providing free coursework to foster success and avoid preventable mistakes
      www.myownbusiness.com
    • National Business Incubator Association
      Provides information, education, advocacy, and networking resources to assist early-stage companies
      www.nbia.org
    • North Texas Small Business Development Center
      Promotes small-business success by providing management education; serves the needs of established and start-up small businesses in northeast and north central Texas
      ntsbdc
    • Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
      Nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide; volunteer mentors and counselors as well as resource materials.
      score
    • Small Business Administration
      Provides assistance with planning, starting, and managing your small business; includes an entire section on small-business planning
      www.sba.gov
    • Small Business Development Center Network (Gulf Coast Region)
      Education and training to business owners and their employees; provides free consulting to help business owners develop strategies, attract customers, increase sales and improve productivity and profitability.
      sbdcnetwork
    • Small Business Notes
      Information and resources for small-business owners, with substantial emphasis on women and minorities; includes a glossary of business terms
      www.smallbusinessnotes.com
    • Social Security Administration
      Business services page provides information for employers and lets you conduct business with and submit confidential information to the Social Security Administration (registration required)
      www.ssa.gov

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    • Texas Business Incubator Association
      Assists communities and individuals seeking to open business incubators; educates managers and operators of business incubators in methods to successfully grow small businesses
      http://www.tbiaonline.org/list.htm
    • Texas Secretary of State
      Information on business taxes, incorporation, etc., for Texas businesses
      www.sos.state.tx.us
    • Texas Workforce Commission
      Post jobs, search resumes, and find matches when you are ready to hire.
      texasworkforce
    • USA.gov
      Search engine for information and services from all branches of the US government
      usa
    • U.S. Department of Commerce
      Links to various commerce bureaus such as U. S. Patent and Trademark Office, Census Bureau, and specific information on e-commerce and much more
      www.commerce.gov
    • U.S. Department of Labor
      Minimum wage and other federal regulations that may apply to your employees
      www.dol.gov
    • U.S. Federal Trade Commission
      Provides consumer protection and competition jurisdiction; includes the Interstate Commerce Commission, which regulates business outside your home state
      www.ftc.gov
    • U.S. Internal Revenue Service
      Lots of links to tax information for small-business owners and self-employed persons
      www.irs.gov/businesses/small
    • Wall Street Journal Guides for Small Businesses
      Information about funding, technology, franchising, starting a business, hiring and managing employees, buying and selling a business
      http://guides.wsj.com/small-business

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    • Doing Business
      World Bank and International Finance Corporation work together to provide information and track business regulation in economies worldwide; reports by region, country, etc.
      doingbusiness
    • Export.gov
      Portal site to various US government sites, such as the Department of Commerce, with information on exporting, including NAFTA; local office is in Grapevine: 817-310-3744
      www.export.gov
    • Export-Import Bank of the United States
      Assists in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets; has a local office in McKinney: 214-551-4959
      www.exim.gov
    • GlobalEDGE
      Knowledge web-portal connecting business professionals worldwide to information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities.
      http://globaledge.msu.edu/
    • Industry Canada / Industrie Canada
      Canadian government portal for anything and everything related to government and business in Canada: taxes, regulations, development, training, and more
      http://www.ic.gc.ca/
    • International Trade Center
      Located in Dallas, provides free one-on-one counseling, training seminars, analysis of your trade strategy, commissioned market research, and custom educational presentations to groups
      www.iexportimport.com
    • International Trade Administration
      Information on trade and investment, including a guide to exporting (part of the U.S. Department of Commerce)
      www.ita.doc.gov
    • Statistics Canada
      Meta-site for Canadian business and economic data and statistics; includes links for Canadian international business regulations and data
      http://www.statcan.ca/start.html
    • United Nations Statistics Division
      Data on international trade, national accounts, energy, industry, environment, transport and demographic and social statistics from national and international sources
      http://unstats.un.org/unsd/databases.htm