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Additional resources for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs

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Support for starting a business

For help preparing your personal finances for entrepreneurship, check out our free resources on planning for life events and large purchases , organizing your finances and understanding credit reports and scores.

You can also take advantage of the following information, resources, and organizations that can help you plan and start your small business:

  • Census Data . Find census information on the demographics of your community including population, housing and the economy.
  • IRS Small Business Portal . Find answers to small business tax questions, plus access to forms and publications, a video library, an event calendar and other online tools and products.
  • Small Business Administration  (SBA). Get help starting your business. The SBA maintains district offices in all 50 states to provide resources, training, and specialists to help start and grow businesses.
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: Money Smart for Small Business . The FDIC’s Money Smart for Small Business portal offers a variety of training modules and other resources for those interested in starting and managing a small business on diverse topics from financial and risk management to tax planning, insurance options, and organizational structures.
  • Small Business Development Centers  (SBDCs). Get advice and training for your small business. There are nearly 1,000 local SBDCs available to provide no-cost business consulting and low-cost training to new and existing businesses.
  • Social Security Online . Find information about a variety social security resources for small businesses and their employees.
  • U.S. Department of Commerce Department . Comprised of 12 different agencies, the Commerce Department promotes job creation and economic growth and works to strengthen America’s position in the global marketplace.
  • U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics . Find information on U.S. working conditions, labor market activity, and price changes in the economy.
  • U.S. Export Assistance Center  (USEACs). Find information about export assistance programs and services. Each U.S. Export Assistance Centers is staffed by professionals from the SBA, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Export-Import Bank, and other public and private organizations.
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office . Find information on how to apply for U.S. patents and register trademarks.
  • SCORE Association . Get a mentor for your small business. SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals.

Support for funding a small business

For information on how to fund your new or existing small business, check out the following:

Resources for small businesses that have been financially impacted by the Coronavirus