Chatham University

Small Business Resources

+ Business Planning

MyOwn Business Institute: Writing a Business Plan

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Entrepreneur and Small Business Services

Inc.com 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

+ 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

+ 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

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

+ 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

+ 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

+ Associations, Chambers, and Government

National Business Association

Better Business Bureau of Western Pennsylvania

PABiz Online Entrepreneur Guide

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

BusinessUSA

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

+ Technology & Innovation

DARPA

NIH SBIR

DOD SBIR

Air Force SBIR/STTR

US Department of Energy SBIR/STTR

NASA SBIR/STTR

USDA SBIR

Innovation Partnership

National Institute of Standards & Technology SBIR

Center for Women's Entrepreneurship Prototyping & Design Lab Webinars

+ Franchising

SBA Introduction to Franchising

Franchise Times Magazine

International Franchise Association

Franchise Directory

FranNet

American Association of Franchisees and Dealers

Federal Trade Commission Amended Franchise Rule