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  • Business.usa.gov helps small businesses understand their legal requirements, and locate government services supporting the nation’s small business community.

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

  • Wall Street Journal Small Business is dedicated to helping small businesses succeed.

  • Looking to buy a franchise? There’s a good chance you’ll find one here. From restaurants in California to auto shops in Florida, you can search more than 25,000 businesses currently for sale, many of which are franchised.

  • With an emphasis on problem solving, ToolKit.com features more than 5,000 pages of free cost-cutting tips, step-by-step checklists, real-life case studies, startup advice, and business templates to small-business owners and entrepreneurs.

  • The Direct Marketing Association is the largest trade association for businesses that are interested and involved in direct, database and interactive global marketing. Here you can learn more about the DMA, become a member and access its services.

  • The Global Dialogue Center was created to be a virtual gathering place for people throughout the world with a focus on leadership, professional, and personal development.

  • About.com – Business practices, industries and general small business information.

  • AllBusiness.com – Hundreds of how-to articles, expert advice and business forms and agreements, starting a business, directories, sales and marketing resources.

  • American Small Business Association – Membership benefits include information, resources, and discounts on business travel, insurance.

  • BPlans.com – Free business plan templates, information on starting a business and marketing and advertising.

  • BusinessKnowHow.com – Ideas, tools and resources for small businesses.

  • http://www.sos.ca.gov/business/be/

  • Entrepreneur.com gives information on marketing, technology, business solutions and a career area. Also includes franchise and business opportunity databases, free email accounts, a chat room and classifieds.

  • Inc.com – A major magazine of small business enterprise in the United States, also has a information website.

  • Internal Revenue Service provides information such as a checklist for a new business and selecting a business structure. Learn about operating a business with employees, deductions and credits, record keeping and accounting methods. Additional resources include the small business tax calendar, tax topics for businesses, and frequently asked questions.

  • Small Business Franchise.com – Directory of small businesses and franchises for less than $500,000.

  • Yahoo-Small Business – Business and marketing plans, information on how to incorporate, online business, legal and finance information.