General Interest Links
SCORE national web site. Offers national email counseling with many experts in many fields. Includes many links of interest.
Subscribe to this excellent small business email monthly newsletter at SCORE.org
Small Business Administration (SBA)
The homepage of the SBA
Powerful search engine and ever-growing collection of topical and customer-focused links connects you to millions of web pages – from the federal government, local and tribal governments and to foreign nations around the world.
Entrepreneur's Guide Starting and Growing a Business in Pennsylvania (1.22MB) The Entrepreneur's Guide is intended to direct entrepreneurs to the people, agencies, and sources of information that can provide answers to business development and growth questions.
Penn TAP provides free help for Pennsylvania companies to improve their competitiveness by providing a limited amount of free technology assistance and information to help resolve specific technical questions or needs.
Assistance for Groups
SBA Online Women’s Business Center
OWBO promotes the growth of women-owned businesses through programs that address business training and technical assistance, and provide access to credit and capital, federal contracts, and international trade opportunities
The Veterans Business Outreach Program
SBA's Office of Veterans Business Development. OVBD is dedicated to serving the veteran entrepreneur by formulating, executing and promoting policies and programs of the agency that provides assistance to veterans seeking to start and develop small businesses.
AARP Small Business Site
Good reference information. Can also sign up for their monthly Small Business email newsletter.
Small Business Owners with Disabilities
Good reference information for those with disabilities in small business.
American Bar Association
Find a lawyer
FindLaw - West Legal Directory
Find a lawyer
NOLO - Law for All
“Do it Yourself” legal information
Business Filings Incorporated
Online filing for incorporation. You need a good business attorney who balances tax and liability issues in deciding form of ownership.
U.S. Internal Revenue Service
U.S. Copyright Office
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Census Bureau
Demographic data helpful in writing a business plan
Export.gov - U.S. Goverment Export Portal
One stop shop for exporting
Pennsylvania Open for Business
The website page for information about operating a business in Pennsylvania
PA On-line Business Tax Registration
The website page is a helpful form-filling web-site
SBA Grant Information
Financial statistics and ratios for many types of businesses.
Small Business Lenders (SBA)
Information on financing your business.
The Foundation Center
Helping grant seekers for philanthropic organizations succeed
Web site domain name registration. Search first to see if anyone else is already using it.
Microsoft Business Central
Emarketing information, etc. for a price.
Yahoo! Small Business Center
Excellent source for small business help
Link to eBay, the world famous auction site
Business Development Links
SCORE Business Plan Template for Established Businesses
SCORE Business Plan Template for Startup Businesses
Building Your Business on Paper and Business Insurance
A business plan outlines what a business intends to do and how the business owner or partners plan to go about putting the intentions into practice. Also links to types of business insurance.
My Own Business
A free Internet training course on how to start a business, how to write a business plan, etc.
CCH Business Owners Toolkit
Small business toolkit – starting, planning, financing, marketing
SBA Training including Business Plan Preparation
The Small Business Training Network is a virtual campus housing free training courses, workshops and knowledge resources designed to assist entrepreneurs and other students of enterprise.
BPlans.com - Business Planning Made Simple
Sample business plans, software.
Quicken Small Business Center
Wide range of links, from Business Plan samples to legal forms of businesses
Other Useful Links
Chester County Library
provides Business Information Connection. Business Web Links, Business@Your Library, Business Databases.
The Small Business Assistance Center (SBAC)
is a non-profit corporation located in Kennett Square, Pa. Its purpose is to train and consult entrepreneurs through information services, seminars and professional consultations, all related to helping individuals successfully start up and/or maintain a business.