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Links for Small Business

Getting Started

SBA Loan Programs
A detailed overview of the numerous loan programs made available through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

NYS Business Express
This site will help you find the New York State business permits or licenses you may need.
Database of thousands of U.S. and international trade shows

Find manufacturers, custom manufacturers and distributors of thousands of products through this online version of the Thomas Register. 

Census Bureau
Graphic index to the gamut of Census offerings, particularly population and housing and the various economic sector studies.

Entrepreneur Magazine Franchise Buying Guide - Articles from the magazine that focus on researching franchise opportunities.

Grants & Financing

Sample Business Plans
Featuring tips on preparing business plans, a Business Planning Resource Center to ask questions of experts, and links to a number of actual plans.

Business Plans Handbook
Access the plans from Volumes 1 through 11


NYS Department of Taxation & Finance - Guidance on starting or buying a business in New York

Tax Resources from the IRS

New York State Government Resources

New York State
The gateway to government agencies & services in the Empire State.

New York First
A business-focused portal to the wealth of incentives, programs and resources available to companies – large and small– within New York State and those that choose to relocate here.

Empire State Development Division for Small Business
This Web site is New York State's one-stop shop for small businesses looking to start or expand in New York.

NYS Department of Labor
With a link to New York’s Job Bank, as well as information on working in New York.

New York State Paid Family Leave
Learn more about Paid Family Leave and what you need to know as an employer.

Federal Government Resources

Bringing together information from multiple federal agencies, BusinessUSA is a "one-stop shop for everything related to business in the USA ."

Small Business Administration
The place to start for small business information and guidance.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
BLS is second to the Census Bureau in terms of statistical output.  So if you’re looking for numbers on employment, unemployment, forecasts, etc., this is a good place to be.

Dept. of Labor (DOL) Compliance Assistance
Help navigating DOL laws and regulations. Organized by topic, audience or major law.

THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
Featuring access to recently proposed and/or passed legislation; congressional records, schedules and goverment resources.

GPO Federal Digital System
The online warehouse of publications of the Federal government, including the U.S. Code, selected years of the Federal Register and the Congressional Record, and more.

Resources for Veterans (SBDC Veterans Business Programs)

New York State Division of Veterans Affairs
Assists veterans, members of the armed forces, their families, and their dependents in securing benefits earned through military service.

SBA's Office of Veterans Business Development
Provides assistance to veterans seeking to start and develop small businesses.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Provides health care, financial assistance and burial benefits to veterans and their dependents.

Buffalo Regional Office, Department of Veterans Affairs
New York Regional Office, Department of Veterans Affairs

Center for Veterans Enterprise
Web portal encompassing a number of federal departments, agencies, and allied organizations to assist veteran-owned businesses.

Women, Minority & Native American Business Owners (SBDC services for women & minority business owners)

New York State's Division of Minority - and Women-owned Business Development (MWBD)

Online Women’s Business Center
The SBA & select partners present practical information for women on starting and running a business, as well as contact lists for other useful organizations (including the collection of Women’s Business Centers).

National Association of Women Business Owners

Minority Business Development Agency - part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, specifically created to encourage the creation, growth and expansion of minority-owned businesses in the United States.

National Minority Business Council

US SBA Office of Native American Affairs

National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development

Selling to the Government (SBDC services related to government procurement)

Links related to Federal Procurement (pdf)

Links related to New York State Procurement (pdf)

Links related to Commercial & Other Procurement (pdf)

Intellectual Property

U.S. Copyright Office
Contains the text to the U.S. Copyright Act, information circulars to answer frequently asked questions, online copies of application forms, texts to international copyright treaties, and more.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Presenting fundamental information to applying and maintaining patents and trademarks, along with providing forms to search respective databases.
A one-stop shop for U.S. government tools and resources on intellectual property rights.

International Trade (SBDC International Business Program)

SBA Office of International Trade
Works to encourage exporting from U.S. small businesses. Provides information on Export Assistance Centers around the country, articles on how to get started, news on matchmaking conferences, and more.

U.S. Customs and Border Protections
This division of U.S. Homeland Security puts forth basic information on importing, including ports of entry contact information.

International Trade Administration
Source for basic exporting information, as well as country-specific trade information.
Country Commercial Guides (reports prepared by United States Commercial Service offices around the world) offer comprehensive information for U.S. companies looking to do business in a specific country.