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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."
Reference USA
Search a database of millions of U.S. Businesses (updated monthly) or a residential listing database of over 100 Million U.S. Households.

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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 Insights: Essentials (formerly Business and Company Resource Center)
Home users: login using your library card barcode number.
BusinessDictionary
Twenty thousand business terms defined.
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.
eCommerce
Websites in our Consumer Information guide.
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."
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.
SBA Learning Center
From the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Over sixty different thirty minute courses on topics in financing, government contracting, business management, marketing, and starting a business.
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.
Small Business Marketing - Wall Street Journal
News for small businesses from the Wall Street Journal. Includes a search engine for business opportunities for sale.

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