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EntrepreneurshipA | Suggested Resources

These suggested resources can help you review and refine your entrepreneurial plans.

Entrepreneurial and Small Business Support (General)

Small Business Administration (SBA):

Small Business Administration site of local organizations that might assist you in launching or managing a venture:

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE):

Small Business Development Center (SBDC):

International Franchise Association:

US government contracts:

US Department of Commerce:

US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis:

US Department of Labor:

US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics:

US Chamber of Commerce:

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor:

Entrepreneurial and Small Business Support (Specific Groups)

Women’s Business Center (WBC):

Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC):

National Association of Women Business Owners:

Asian American Chamber of Commerce:

Black Chamber of Commerce:

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce:

Ladies Who Launch:

Minority Business Development Agency:

National Association of Professional Women:

The Female Entrepreneur Association:

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council:

Vision Statement, Mission Statement, and Goal Setting

Website with ideas for developing your vision:

Video with walkthrough for crafting your mission statement:

Eleven Free Goal Setting Software and Tools You Can Use:

YouTube: Achieve More by Setting Smart Goals:

Business Models and Business Plans

SBA Business Plan resources:

Business Model Canvas:

Business model canvas and resources:

Lean canvas and associated resources:

Social business model canvas and related resources:

YouTube Video: Business Model Canvas Explained:

The Four Lenses Strategy Framework website:

List of Social Enterprise Business Models or Frameworks:

YouTube Video: We have a dream, B-corp overview and mission:

Sample business

Funding, Finances, and Accounting

Small Business Administration (SBA) lending program:

Small Business Administration (SBA) calculation of startup costs:

Small Business Administration, “How to Start a Non-Profit”:

US Department of Labor:

Tax information for charitable organizations from the Internal Revenue Service:

Grant information by state:

Information from the National Institutes of Health on grants and the application process:

G-Startup Worldwide’s global startup competition:

Extending Credit to Your Customers:

7 Ways to Bootstrap Your Business to Success:

Small Business Administration Introduction to Accounting Course:

Khan Academy Accounting and Financial Statements Course:

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:

US Securities and Exchange Commission Regulatory Actions:

SEC Information on crowdfunding portals:

Link to SEC (FINRA) crowdfunding portals:

Money and Interest Rates:

Y Combinator:



Indiegogo, “The Essential Guide to Crowdfunding”:

Startupfest, “The $100K Investment Prize”:






Trade Show News Network:


Legal Issues in Entrepreneurship

SBREFA Small Business Resource Center’s site on legal requirements and regulatory compliance:

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office:

Nondisclosure (NDA) templates:

US Small Business Administration on licenses and permits:

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) information on taxation in partnerships:

Information on variation between all 50 states in forming or incorporating a business from Cornell Law School:

US Copyright Office:

Federal Communications Commission on cybersecurity for small businesses:

North Carolina State University Poole College of Management’s risk management initiative:

US Copyright Office:


Small Business Administration information on marketing and sales:

American Marketing Association (AMA):

American Marketing Association (AMA) digital marketing certification:

American Marketing Association (AMA) on-demand course: Digital Marketing: Delivering a Custom Experience:

Google Ads:


Harvard Business Review’s how to craft a corporate narrative:

Pitch deck templates: and and

Operational Resources

Society for Human Resource Management:

Scheduling programs and templates:,, and

Employer hiring costs of employee:

Payroll program:

Smartsheet’s step-by-step instructions for making a Gantt chart in Microsoft Excel:

Project Manager’s ultimate guide to Gantt charts:

FindLaw Small Business Center (business forms):

Research Sources for Demographic and Marketing Data

Small Business Administration (SBA) guide on researching your market:

American Fact Finder (market research):

FedStats (statistics from more than 100 federal agencies):

National Federation of Independent Business:

The Small Business National Center:

Bureau of Labor Statistics:

North American Industry Classification System:

Statistical Abstract of the United States:

US Census Bureau site on where to locate your business:

Consumer credit data:

Consumer product safety:

Consumer price index:

Bureau of Economic Analysis:

Employment Statistics:

Income Statistics:

American Customer Satisfaction Index:

North American Industry Classification System:

US Census Bureau:

Tools for Creativity and Problem Solving

Twenty-four essential mindmapping and brainstorming tools:

Open Innovation Community:

Ideation techniques: and and

LUMA Institute’s LUMA System of Innovation:

Analyze your problem-solving abilities:

IDEO Design Kit:

Design Thinking Mix Tapes from Stanford’s Design School:

Lean Startup and Pivoting

Lean startup:

Toyota’s Way:

14 Management Principles of Toyota:

Tim Berry’s Lean Business Planning Guide:

Lean canvas and associated resources:

The International Business Model Competition that focuses on lean startup models, sponsored by BYU and Harvard:

Networking and Trade Organizations


Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives:

BNI: Business Network International:



Industry research publications:

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