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February 20, 2003
 
Small-business resources

Internet Sites | General Information | Libraries | Books


Internet sites:
  • www.access.wa.gov
    Links and information on licensing a business in Washington state.

  • www.uspto.gov
    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    Information on registering patents and trademarks.

  • www.brint.com
    Considered one of the best sites for general business research, especially management and technology issues.

  • www.lowe.org
    Search 3,000 documents selected from government agencies, small-business consultants and books on small-business topics.

  • www.sbaonline.sba.gov
    The U.S. government's Small Business Administration site

  • www.entrepreneurmag.com
    Searchable database and links to small-business resources and articles.

  • seattle.bcentral.com/seattle/
    Puget Sound Business Journal
    Searchable story archive and local economic indicators.

  • www.bizmove.com
    Small Business Knowledge Base
    Help for improving management skills. The site is divided into 10 areas of small-business management, including starting a business, sales and marketing, personal skills, doing business on the Internet and more.

  • www.business.com
    Pure business information
    Links to hundreds of business-related web sites, business news headlines and company profiles.

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General information, resources and classes:

  • Washington State's Business Assistance Hotline
    A recording provides information on everything from how to get a loan to registering for patents. Leave your name and address for a copy of the state's guide for small business, which lists state and local agencies and information on how to write a business plan.
    800-237-1233

  • Washington Small Business
    Development Center
    Washington State University
    Spokane
    Offers counseling, and evaluates new ideas and products.
    509-335-1576

  • Washington State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
    Main Seattle branch of the Pullman-based SBDC. Offers counseling and business training courses.
    206-464-5450

  • South Seattle Community College
    Houses a branch of the Pullman-based SBDC. Offers classes, training and one-to-one consultation. Classes range from how to start a business on the Internet to writing a business plan.
    206-768-6855

  • Seattle University's Small Business Institute
    Teams of undergraduates and MBA students help existing or start-up businesses.
    206-296-5730

  • University of Washington's Business and Economic Development Program
    Brings together business-school students, alumni and Rotary Club members into consulting teams to help small businesses that are at least a year old.
    206-543-9327

  • Bank of America
    Offers classes on how to run a small business and manage finances and banking.
    425-481-3100 or 800-441-1866

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  • U.S. Small Business Administration
    Offers classes on how to start a business. Information on writing a business plan, and help arranging government-guaranteed loans.
    206-553-7310

  • City of Seattle's Small Business Information System
    Recording guides callers to city services and information for small businesses.
    206-684-0700

  • Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce Small Business Development and Events
    Offers seminars, workshops, roundtable discussions on small-business topics and monthly networking events. Services are primarily for chamber members.
    206-389-7215

  • The Black Dollar Task Force
    Offers classes and training on topics of interest to small businesses. Critiques business plans. Makes small loans.
    206-323-0534

  • Emerging Businesses Inc.
    (formerly Seattle Minority Business Development Center)
    Staff helps minority-owned or -operated businesses with management, planning, marketing and finance, and sponsors workshops.
    206-264-0180

  • Internal Revenue Service
    Forms distribution center and tax questions.
    800-829-3676

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    Information on searching patents and trademarks.
    703-305-8600

  • Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
    Education and training provided by retired executives. Call for locations.
    800-634-0245

  • American Marketing Association
    Offers members marketing information and access to conferences, publications, journals and marketing opportunities. Membership is $155 plus annual dues.
    800-262-1150

  • Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense and Education Fund
    Advocacy group for minority businesses. Certifies small businesses to compete for government contracts.
    202-289-1700

  • National Foundation for Women Business Owners
    A research organization of assistance to small-business people.
    301-495-4975

  • National Association of Women Business Owners
    A nonprofit group for women business owners. Sponsors conferences and networking opportunities nationwide throughout the year.
    202-347-8686

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Libraries:

  • Seattle Public Library's Business and Technology Department
    Fourth Floor, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle
    The library has a small-business librarian, books and reference guides including the American Entrepreneurs Association books on starting different kinds of businesses.
    206-386-4645

  • Bellevue Public Library
    1111 110th Ave N.E., Bellevue
    Keeps track of the newest and best books on small business. Has pamphlets and other resources.
    425-450-1765

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Books recommended by the Seattle Public Library:

  • "The Encyclopedia of Small Business"
    American Entrepreneurs Association

  • "How to Set Up Your Small Business"
    American Institute of Small Business

  • "Small Business Sourcebook"
    Gale Research

  • "Starting and Operating a Business in Washington: A Step by Step Guide"
    Michael D. Jenkins and the Entrepreneurial Services Group of Ernst & Young
    Oasis Press/PSI Research

  • "Legal Guide for Starting and Running a Small Business"
    Fred F. Steingold
    Nolo Press

  • "Portfolio of Accounting Systems for Small and Medium-Sized
    Business"

    National Society of Public Accountants
    Prentice Hall

  • "Pratt's Guide to Venture Capital Sources"
    Venture Economics

  • "Tax Guide for Small Businesses"
    Department of the Treasury
    Internal Revenue Service

  • "National Directory of State Business Licensing and Regulation"
    Gale Research

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