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Business Plan Handbooks
Available to members of Thrall. "For those looking for examples of how to approach, structure and compose their own business plans, the handbooks present sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries. Typical business plans include type of business; statement of purpose; executive summary; business/industry description; market; product and production; management/personnel; and financial specifics. Also featured is a listing of organizations, agencies, and consultants; a glossary of small business terms; and an updated bibliography."
Encyclopedia of Small Business
Available to members of Thrall. This convenient and exhaustive two-volume reference source is designed to provide entrepreneurs with how-to information that they can apply to their own business. The Encyclopedia contains 600 detailed articles and overviews of all the key information needs of small business owners, including financing; financial planning; business plan creation; market analysis; sales strategy; tax planning, human resource issues and more."

Web Resources
The American Association of Franshises and Dealers
"The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) came into existence to provide a counter balance in the franchising industry. The AAFD acts to educate the public regarding fair franchise practices, quality franchise opportunities, and to expose the unethical practices that have too long existed in the franchising community. The AAFD believes balance can be achieved through a process of education combined with the encouragement and support for trademark specific franchisee associations seeking to achieve Total Quality Franchise Relationships." Topics include Market Support, Legal and Financial Support, and Legislative Support.
Business & Company Resource Center
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BusinessDictionary
Twenty thousand business terms defined.
Business Owner's Toolkit
Information, checklists and forms for small business owners. Covers finances, employee management, marketing and much more. Provided by CCH, Inc., the information is free. They will try to sell you their products.
Business Statistics - BizStats.com
Instant access to useful financial ratios, business statistics and benchmarks. Effective and understandable analysis of businesses and industries.
Business.Gov
"Business.gov, the official business link to the U.S. Government, is managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in a partnership with 21 other federal agencies. This partnership, known as Business Gateway, is a Presidential E-government initiative that provides a single access point to government services and information to help the nation's businesses with their operations."
Consumer Expenditure Survey
From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this website reports on the buying habits of American consumers.
DoingBusiness.org
The Doing Business Project provides reports and research concerning international economies and business regulation trends. Some topics of note in their yearly publication include Starting a Business, Getting Credit, Protecting Investors, and Paying Taxes.
Entrepreneurship
"The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the U.S. Commerce Department's International Trade Administration (ITA) have formed a new public-private partnership focused on leveraging best practices in entrepreneurial leadership to advance economic growth around the world."
Free Online Courses from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
"Several free online courses are offered by the SBA to help prospective entrepreneurs better understand the basics about starting a small business. These self-paced courses are easy to use and understand. They will take about 30 minutes to complete. You, however, can exit a course at any time. Because most of the courses offer audio explanations, it is recommended that your computer speakers be turned on." Topics include: Business Management, Business Planning, E-Commerce, Federal Tax Training, Financing and Accounting, Government Contracting, International Trade, Marketing and Advertising, Starting a Business, Surviving in a Down Economy. Courses are also available in Spanish.
International Franchise Association
Information and links to 1,250 franchises as well as general information about franchising.
GovSites: Small Business Resources
A directory of information available from the U.S. Government.
How Stuff Works: Starting A Business Library
Topics include franchising, venture capital, legal structures, office space, online business, and marketing plans.
JAN: Entrepreneurship
From the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), this is a directory of resources for the small business owner. JAN stands for "Job Accommodation Network."
Jim Blasingame: The Small Business Advocate
Host and creator of the Small Business Advocate a weekday radio talk show devoted to small business, Jim Blasingame provides fundamentals and inspiration to entrepreneurs on his website as well.
QFinance
"QFINANCE is a unique collaboration of more than 300 of the world's leading practitioners and visionaries in finance and financial management." Includes encyclopedic explanations, best practices, checklists, formulae, and country profiles.
SBDCNet National Information Clearinghouse
Helpful information including a planning checklist, naming your business, business plans and more. The SBDC National Information Clearinghouse is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Start Up Journal
This website subtitled the Wall Street Journal Center for Entrepreneurs includes articles and opportunities.

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