Entrepreneurship - Websites

A great site for learning all you need to know about developing a workable business plan. Includes many sample plans for a variety of small businesses.

Best Banks for Entrepreneurs
Select a state to locate that state's top microbusiness-friendly banks. Microbusiness loans are defined as business loans of less than $100,000.

One of the best free sites for benchmark industry ratios and income-expense statements.  Also provides a tool to input sales figures, a business type, and an industry and then obtain a profit & loss statement showing industry average breakdowns and target dollar levels.

Business Plans and Profiles Index
Sample business plans and profiles compiled by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Business Week Online Small Business
Business Week's advice and information page for the entrepreneur or small business.

A common access point to federal agency forms, including small business and tax forms.

The Idea Cafe
"A Fun Approach to Serious Business." This award-winning site provides information on financing your business, a forum where entrepreneurs and experts can network, a directory of the most helpful sites for small businesses on the web and several fun sections such as the "Biz Horoscope" and "Coffee Talk with Experts".

From the magazine by the same name, this site offers comprehensive advice on starting and running a business; including managing finances, HR, marketing, and technology.  Includes the Inc. list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies.

IRS Small Business & Self-Employed Tax Center
Information from the Internal Revenue Service on employer ID numbers (EINs), filing requirements, business expenses and  more.

The James J. Hill Reference Library
A private non-profit business library that has many free practical business resources and is considered "one of the most comprehensive business libraries in the country.

The Kauffman Foundation
The world's largest organization devoted to entrepreneurship.  The foundation focuses their grant making and operations on advancing entrepreneurship and educating children and youth.  The site's Research & Policy link has critical research and data on entrepreneurship.  For tools & resources entrepreneurs can use, see the Kauffman sponsored Entrepreneurship.org site.

Loans and Grants Information Page from the U.S. Small Business Administration

Learn what SBA loan and grant programs are available and how to apply for funding.  This site includes application checklists that direct users to the most appropriate funding source for their needs.

Information on business planning (including sample business plans), marketing, management, and more.

The Plan: A Step-by-Step Business Plan Workbook by Mastercard
A workbook to help entrepreneurs and small business owners think deeply about each phase of their business planning and identify any hidden flaws that need to be adjusted.

Prosper Peer-to-Peer Lending
A peer-to-peer lending site.  Prospective borrowers post a loan request and investors review loan listings and invest in listings that meet their criteria.  Borrowers make fixed monthly payments and investors receive a portion of those payments directly to their Prosper account.  (see also LendingClub.com )

SCORE Templates for Your Business
Essential forms for start-up and management of a small business. Forms include, but are not limited to, start-up expenses, cash flow statement (12 months and 4 years, a break-even calculation, personal financial statement and sales forecast.

SBA Online Women's Business Center  
Advice to women business owners, including training, technical assistance, access to credit and capital, federal contracts, and international trade opportunities. The site is maintained by the SBA's Office of Women's Business Ownership.

The Small Business Economy 
Data files that documents the role of small business in the economy. Contains statistics on small business startups, failures, financing and more.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Search this site to identify competing patents, clear your selected company name, file a patent or register your trademark.

U.S. Small Business Administration
Provides online help for U.S. small businesses. Information available includes training aids, government contract information and explanation of loan programs.

Free tools to help find venture capital firms and angel investors.  Business plans can be posted for viewing by more than 100,000 potential investors.

Y combinator
A source of seed money for potential technology entrepreneurs.  Interested entrepreneurs can fill out applications to compete for funding through the website.



Mackenzie Dunn
Research & Instruction Librarian
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