Chatham University

Small Business Resources

+ Business Planning

MyOwn Business Institute: Writing a Business Plan

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Entrepreneur and Small Business Services Business Plan Guides

SBA Starting & Managing a Business Guide

SBA Business Plan Tool

Edward Lowe Foundation Entrepreneur Resource Center

Women's Business Resources

Startup and CoWorking Spaces

Shopify Business Plan Guide

Coworking Spaces in Pittsburgh

CWBC Business Plan Template

Starting a Food Business in Allegheny County Resource Guide

+ Registering a Business

US Patent and Trademark Office

US Copyright Office

Selecting a Business Name

Getting an EIN (Employer Identification Number)

Federal, State, and Local Licenses

PA Department of State

PA Online Enterprise Tax Registration

CWBC WEBINAR: Should I be a B-Corp? Choosing the Right Entity for Your Business with a Mission

+ Banking, Bookkeeping, Insurance, and Financing

Preparation and Steps to Secure Funding

SBA Loans & Grants

Selecting a Bank

Setting up a Billing System

Small Business Insurance

Small Business Valuation

Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS)

IRS Tax Information for Businesses

PA Department of Revenue

What is My Business Worth?

Online Quickbooks Basics: CWBC Webinar

Financial Strategies: CWBC Webinar

Accounting Fundamentals: CWBC Webinar

Understanding Business Taxes & Sales: CWBC Webinar

Cash Flow, Key to Achieving Success in Business: CWBC Webinar

A Western PA Guide to Finding Capital to Start & Grow a Business

What Business Owners Need to Know About Tax Reform...In 29 Min: CWBC Webinar

Credit Card Processing 101: CWBC Webinar

CWBC Webinar: What Business Owners Need to Know About Tax Reform...In 29 Minutes

CWBC Webinar: Want to Increase Your Profit? Your P&L is the Key to the WBC

CWBC WEBINAR: The State of Small Business Lending - Funding Options to Grow Your Business

CWBC WEBINAR: Bookkeeping Software and Apps the Pros and Cons

CWBC WEBINAR: Sales Tax after June 2018 #Game Changer

+ HR and Employment

Hiring Guidelines

Hiring a First Employee

Employee Benefits

Writing Job Descriptions

Developing an Employee Handbook

US Department of Labor

Section 503 Compliance

Webinar: Building HR Systems to Support Business Growth

+ Marketing

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)

PA State Data Center

American Fact Finder

US Census Bureau QuickFacts

US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Market Research Database

Selecting a Business Location

Zoning Laws

Websites 101: CWBC Webinar

Driving Traffic to your Website: CWBC Webinar

Google Analytics: CWBC Webinar

What is a Brand and Why do I Need One: CWBC Webinar

Which Social Media Platforms to use for My Business: CWBC Webinar

New Changes in Social Media Platforms: CWBC Webinar

Understanding the Customer Buying Cycle and Triggers

CWBC Webinar: Connect with Your Customers by Doing Less

CWBC Webinar: Launch Your Product on Amazon

CWBC Webinar: Grow Your Product on Amazon

CWBC Webinar: Social Media Listening & How to Create Content for your Audience

+ Associations, Chambers, and Government

National Business Association

Better Business Bureau of Western Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Chambers of Commerce Directory

Pennsylvania Trade and Professional Associations Directory

United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Association of Women's Business Centers (AWBC)

Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Allegheny County Department of M/W/DBE


Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)

U.S. Small Business Administration: Pittsburgh District Office

+ Exporting & Importing

US Commercial Service

US International Trade Commission

US Trade and Development Agency

Federation of International Trade Associations

US Council for International Businesses

World Trade Organization

Exporting Resource Guide

USDA Foreign Agriculture Services

Office of the United States Trade Representative

Consumer Affairs Translation Services Guide

+ Technology & Innovation





US Department of Energy SBIR/STTR



Innovation Partnership

National Institute of Standards & Technology SBIR

Center for Women's Entrepreneurship Prototyping & Design Lab Webinars

CWBC Webinar: Demystifying CRM Software

CWBC Webinar: Understanding Google Analytics

CWBC Webinar: Introduction to Excel

CWBC Webinar: Optimizing Your Website for Google Search

CWBC Webinar: Learning Pivot Tables and Formulas

CWBC Webinar: Learning Macros

+ Franchising

SBA Introduction to Franchising

Franchise Times Magazine

International Franchise Association

Franchise Directory


American Association of Franchisees and Dealers

Federal Trade Commission Amended Franchise Rule

+ Contracting & Diversity Certifications

Allegheny County M/W/DBE Department Certification Counseling

City of Pittsburgh Procurement: Beacon

SBA Government Contracting Classroom

Government Agency Coordination Office (GACO) of California University of Pennsylvania

Women's Business Enterprise Council of PA-DE-sNJ

Get Diversity Certified

Webinar: Certification & Beyond - Advantages of Certification for Your Woman Owned Business