General Interest Links

SCORE national web site. Offers national email counseling with many experts in many fields. Includes many links of interest.

SCORE Newsletter
Subscribe to this excellent small business email monthly newsletter at

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.

Legal Links

American Bar Association Public Resources
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.

Government Links

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 - U.S. Goverment Export Portal
One stop shop for exporting

Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop 
a go-to resource for planning, registering, operating, and growing a business in Pennsylvania. 

PA On-line Business Tax Registration
The website page is a helpful form-filling web-site

Financial Links

SBA Grant Information

Small Business Lenders (SBA)
Information on financing your business.

E-Marketing Links

Network Solutions
Web site domain name registration. Search first to see if anyone else is already using it.

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

The Guide to Writing and Business Plan      (Contributed by Northeastern Univ School of Business)
While putting together a business plan might seem complicated, the good news is that you don’t need to complete an online MBA program in order to write one. Simply break down the necessary information, one section at a time, to create a coherent strategy.

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. - 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.

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