Useful Small Business Web Sites

Info Links - Useful Small Business Websites

There are literally hundreds of useful websites for small businesses.  The sites presented below target the most frequent questions of our clients. And they will lead you to broader lists for more specific issues that you may have.

SCORE Partners

  • Service Directory Organizations have indicated that they provide services to small businesses in the greater Pittsburgh area.  These organizations have provided financial support to SCORE.
  • Presenters at our Small Business Basics workshops are professionals that provide services to small businesses in the Pittsburgh Area.
  • Partners in Economic Development in Southwestern Pennsylvania (chambers of commerce and other not-for-profit organizations)
  • www.score.org - The National SCORE site has a wealth of infomation, be sure to check out the Business Tools and How-To sections.
  • www.sba.gov - Small Business Administration is the most comprehensive listing of government resources and information about small business. This is the entry point for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants and help for minorities. Here you will also find the Small Business Resource Guide, covering small business information, federal taxes, etc.
  • www.carnegielibrary.org/locations/business - The Library Center Business Department provides a very useful website for business.

General Information

  • [pdf] PA Entrepreneur's Guide (view as html) - The Entrepreneur’s Guide: Starting and Growing a Business in Pennsylvania contains free services, checklists, helpful tips and licensing procedures.
  • www.toolkit.cch.com - CCH Small Business This site has excellent planning and general information for small business and emphasizes finances and tax information. They will send you a very useful newsletter by email.
  • www.emkf.org - Kaufman Foundation for Entrepreneurial Leadership www.entreworld.com, are websites provided by the Kaufman Foundation. These websites have lots of useful information and www.fasttrac.org provides start-up training programs for entrepreneurs.
  • www.startupjournal.com—Wall Street Journal Center for Entrepreneurs
  • www.allbusiness.com—All Around Business Advice
  • www.inc.com—Inc. Magazine Business Information

Business Planning

Marketing

  • www.census.gov/csd - North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS), which has now replaced the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Code: Breaks down all businesses by type and location and is useful for marketing research
  • www.fedstats.gov - FedStats - The gateway to statistics from 100 Federal Agencies.

Legal & Regulatory Issues

  • www.nolo.com - Nolo Press Legal Self Help A lot of good legal information for small business
  • www.mycorporation.com—Incorporation Information
  • www.irs.gov/smallbizInternal Revenue Service - Forms, Tax Help
  • www.business.gov - Business Advisor will lead you to many agencies and their small business programs.
  • www.state.pa.us - The Pennsylvania Government provides comprehensive information about small business resources and activities in the state.

Financing

  • www.clfund.com - CL Fund provides capital to businesses in western Pennsylvania to have an impact in the region and to encourage entrepreneurship.

SOHO (Small Office/Home Office)

Women-Owned Businesses