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Alchemist.io Powering the global professional

"A social and media network that offers personalized content, analytics and recommendations to help professionals build better careers and better companies."

AllBusiness.com

A large, well-organized collection of entrepreneurial resources and advice, including business forms, news, and blogs. Geared towards smaller businesses and startups.

Business Owner's Toolkit

Highlights include a business card exchange, free webinars, forms and other downloads and a referral system for contacting vendors.

Business Trends and Insights by American Express

Original articles for entrepreneurs and small business owners covering leadership, digital tools, cash flow, marketing & sales, growth, productivity, and many other topics.

CNN Small Business Success

News and original ideas for small business owners (formerly Fortune Small Business).

Edward Lowe Foundation

Excellent entrepreneurial resources for second-stage entrepreneurs including peer group location.

Entrepreneur.com

Extensive entrepreneurial resources including startup guides.

Entrepreneurs' Organization

The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) is a dynamic, global network of more than 7,300 business owners in 42 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO is the catalyst that enables entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life.

Entrepreneurship.org

An extensive directory of entrepreneurial resources provided by the Kauffman Foundation.

First Round Review

A collection of entrepreneurial content expertly curated by VC firm First Round Capital. Content is subdivided into sub-magazines on Management, People & Culture, Product, Women, PR & Marketing, Engineering, Design, Sales, and Fundraising.

Flevy

"Flevy is a marketplace for premium business documents. Download documents to expedite your projects or upload documents to generate passive income."

Founder Institute

The Founder Institute is an early-stage startup accelerator and global launch network that helps entrepreneurs create meaningful and enduring technology companies. Through a four month program, you can launch your dream company with expert training, feedback, and support from experienced startup CEOs - while not being required to quit your day job.

HERO Foundry

"HERO Foundry is a globally-connected business incubator network and virtual idea laboratory committed to awakening heroic souls around the world and inspiring change through personal responsibility and transformation."

Inc Magazine

News, reports and business advice for any breed of entrepreneur.

Interviews With Entrepreneurs on Khan Academy

"Personal lessons and insights from accomplished entrepreneurs are the basis of this interview series produced by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Khan Academy."

Killer Startups

"KillerStartups.com is a user driven internet startups community. Entrepreneurs, investors, and bloggers are staying informed on up-and-coming internet startups using our blog platform, where internet entrepreneurs submit their startup to see what others think about it."

Lessons Learned

A blog by Eric Ries covering startup lessons.

Lifehacker

Tips, tricks, and downloads for enhancing productivity.

Microsoft for Startups: Helping you to grow, build and connect

Microsoft for Startups provides product, technical, and go-to-market benefits to help accelerate the growth of startups

MoreBusiness.com

Articles covering topics from legal issues and finance to marketing and management. In addition the website holds tips, templates, and other resources for details such as licensing and employee timesheets.

National Association for the Self Employed

All kinds of benefits for the self employed. An essential resource if you're going solo; if you expect to have employees, check out PEOs as an alternative.

National Business Incubator Association

Learn about incubators and how to get into one.

National Federation of Independent Businesses

"NFIB's mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. NFIB also gives its members a power in the marketplace. By pooling the purchasing power of its members, the National Federation of Independent Business gives members access to many business products and services at discounted costs. NFIB also provides timely information designed to help small businesses succeed."

ReadWriteStart

A great collection of fresh news and tips geared for building business online.

Resources: Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School

Great articles, events, and research for entrepreneurs.

SBA Learning Center

The SBA offers a variety of online courses to help you start and run your business.

Small Business Administration

All kinds of resources for startups and small businesses.

Small Business Planner - From Start to Finish

"Careful planning is fundamental to success. The Small Business Planner includes information and resources that will help you at any stage of the business lifecycle."

Springwise - New Business Ideas from Around the World

"Springwise and its network of 8,000 spotters scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds. Time to start the next big thing!"

Stanford Technology Ventures Program Entrepreneurial Resources

An outstanding collection of entrepreneurial education resources, including video clips (of thought leaders like John Doerr and Guy Kawasaki), podcasts, and presentations.

Startup 101: How to Build a Startup

"Startup 101 is a serialized book about the thrills and spills of starting a Web technology venture... Startup 101 is for first-time entrepreneurs who want to go through the whole startup life cycle - including raising money, building a valuable business, and making a lot of money by selling the venture or taking it public."

Startup Journal

The Wall Street Journal's entrepreneur resource center presenting original suggestions to address issues startups face.

Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.

StartupBiz.com

Two levels of information: First, a link with tools and free templates (including legal documents) for starting a business or for commercializing ideas. Second, a "private, invitation-only site for people running a startup company. Moderated by serial entrepreneurs."

StartupDigest

"StartupDigest is the best way to find out and stay informed about the best startup events in your city."

StartupQuote

Daily inspirational quotes for startup entrepreneurs.

TechCrunch

TechCrunch provides news, reviews of product developments and a database of individuals including investors. TechCrunch offers an Elevator Pitch section that gives startups the opportunity to have their 60-second pitch voted on and critiqued by peers - see http://pitches.techcrunch.com/

The Balance - Entrepreneurship

Collection of articles, video clips and other resources for new entrepreneurs.

The Entrepreneur's Mind

"Real-life stories and advice from successful entrepreneurs".

This Week in Startups

Entrepreneur-focused blog by Jason McCabe Calacanis, serial entrepreneur and founder of Mahalo.com. Definitely worth adding to your RSS feed.

VentureBeat

The latest buzz in the startup, entrepreneur, and investor worlds. The site focuses on the digital media, life science, clean tech, and mobile / telecom industries.

Wall Street Journal Startup Guide

The Wall Street Journal's entrepreneur resource center presenting original suggestions to address issues startups face.

Your Business TV by MSNBC

Host JJ Ramberg covers a range of topics important to small business owners in this large archive of videos.

10 Things to Do Before You Start Your Start-up

Is your great idea good enough? Can it grow in this slow economy? Can it become profitable, and provide a meaningful return on investment?

17 Mutable Suggestions For Naming A Startup

"Naming a startup is hard. Very hard. On the one hand, the pragmatic entrepreneur thinks: "I shouldn't be wasting time on this - for every successful company with a great name, there's one with a crappy name that did just fine. It doesn't seem like a name has much influence on the outcome at all. I'm going to get back to writing code." I sort of agree with this. You shouldn't obsess about your name. But, you also shouldn't dismiss it as unimportant. Part of the startup game is to try and remove unnecessary friction to your growth. Sure, you could build a spectacularly successful company despite having a lousy name - but why not stack the odds in your favor?"

50 Best Places in America for Starting a Business

Whether you're an entrepreneur plotting to launch a startup or a CEO strategizing where to put another office, knowing where the next hot city is would be a game changer.

Accidental Entrepreneur

You're a middle-aged, middle manager who gets laid off. You send out 100 resumes and get absolutely nowhere. Now what? Some people in this bind start their own businesses. A lucky few end up doing much better than they did while toiling for other companies.

Before the Startup

Essay by Paul Graham derived from a lecture given at Stanford. It's intended for college students, but much of it is applicable to potential founders at other ages.

Choosing a Business Name FAQ

Answers to commonly asked questions about choosing and registering a successful business name.

Creating the Lean Startup

This is a quick introduction to the Lean Startup methodology, which involves cheaply implementing a "minimally viable product," putting it in front of customers to see what they like and don't like, and quickly iterating. This approach is vastly superior to secretly (and expensively) developing a feature-rich product in a silo, and unveiling it to the world only to discover that you built something nobody really wants.

Eight Fallacies of Entrepreneurship

Essential reading for anybody thinking about starting a business: "People start businesses for all kinds of reasons. Other people don't start businesses for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes they are the very same reasons. I have compiled a list of frequently used phrases and comments that I often hear when people are discussing this decision and that I think reflect serious misunderstandings. At best, these misunderstandings can lead to a waste of time. At worst, they can lead to very bad decisions and very big losses."

Entrepreneurship as Disease

Entrepreneurship has many definitions, but I think this really embodies what entrepreneurship is.

Failure: The Secret of My Success

While most entrepreneurs dread the failure of their businesses, sometimes it's their best option. Here's how to know when to throw in the towel, and the lessons that failure can teach.

Getting Started with Your Own Software Company

An old but excellent article for techies planning to start their own software company.

How Not to Die

Great essay by Paul Graham: "So I'll tell you now: bad shit is coming. It always is in a startup. The odds of getting from launch to liquidity without some kind of disaster happening are one in a thousand. So don't get demoralized. When the disaster strikes, just say to yourself, ok, this was what Paul was talking about. What did he say to do? Oh, yeah. Don't give up."

If I Launched a Startup

A checklist of key legal steps to take when starting a new venture (written by Ryan Roberts, a startup attorney).

Innovation: Ten Commandments from Guy Kawasaki

This article summarizes a recent speech by Guy Kawasaki at a University of Pennsylvania technology conference.

Mark Cuban's 12 Rules for Startups

"Anyone who has started a business has his or her own rules and guidelines, so I thought I would add to the memo with my own. My 'rules' below aren't just for those founding the companies, but for those who are considering going to work for them, as well."

Online Tools for Startups

A remarkable list of software designed to help startups get off the ground quickly.

Pick a Winning Name for Your Business

Here's how to choose a legal business name that will qualify for trademark protection and help identify your company's products and services.

Please, please, please stop asking how to find a technical co-founder.

Lots of non-technical "idea people" receive the same advice: go find a technical co-founder for your startup and get a prototype put together. The problem is, it's almost impossible to convince a good tech person to give up a good job to help you advance your idea. You need to create some momentum and *earn* a technical co-founder. This article gives you some good tips on how you can do this.

So, You Want to Be an Entrepreneur

Some questions to ask to ensure that you have what it takes.

Startup Checklist by Atomic Squirrel

A list of 162 essential tasks to complete as you build your startup.

Stop Looking For A Technical Co-founder

Another good article explaining why it's nearly impossible for an "idea guy" to attract a technical co-founder, and what you can do about it.

The Future of Web Startups

Just as agriculture, steel, energy, and computers went through a revolutionary process that made them widely available at low cost, Paul Graham believes that web startups are going through the same process, changing the way the American and global economy works.

Entrepreneur Scan

E-scan offers the potential entrepreneur, businessperson, self-employed or franchise owner a chance to see a detailed report about their most important asset: themselves. Results are compared with other successful businesses to indicate those business skills that need improvement.

Entrepreneur.meetup.com

Meet a network of local entrepreneurs to share tips, problem-solving techniques, get advice on profitability and business models and discuss mentoring.

Growth Company Guide

"The best corporate finance guide on the market today... for the entrepreneurial manager."

Ryze Business Networking

An excellent business networking resource. Set up your online profile and join one or more networks like "Entrepreneurs" or "Biz Dev". Then start offering advice, asking for advice, and establishing business partnerships.

Vator.tv

Vator is an emerging company social network that allows entrepreneurs to connect with investors and get discovered by the media. They also provide entrepreneurial news and competitions.

Business Filings

Incorporation information and online corporate formation.

Legal Blog

Find articles and blogs that relate to your business. Search for forms, lawyers, and other key information for your business.

NOLO

Extensive legal self-help resources, covering both corporate and personal law. Includes forms, a legal encyclopedia and dictionary, case law, state and federal codes, and much more.

The Company Corporation

Incorporate online. Includes name searches, tax ID applications, compliance services, and more.

Web Design Business Legal Info.

A website that offers insight to the legal aspects of online businesses and what the best options for you might be. A quick reference guide for the do's and don't's of running a website. Full of resources for any other information on web design etc...

Basics Of Incorporating

The paperwork and costs involved in registering a company.

Buyer And Seller Beware

Whether you win or lose in the sale of a C or S corporation depends on the structure of the deal.

Choosing a Legal Form for Your Franchise

"Sole proprietorship, corporation, LLC...know the option that's best for you before you buy a franchise."

Choosing the Best Ownership Structure for Your Business

"The right structure -- corporation, LLC, partnership or sole proprietorship -- has a lot to do with who will own your business and what its activities will be."

Corporation Basics

An article explaining all of the complications associated with a corporation.

Corporation FAQ

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about corporations: what they are, how they work, and whether or not you should incorporate your business.

Creating an LLC Operating Agreement

This article explains why you should consider an LLC.

How to Form an LLC

It's more work than forming a partnership and easier than creating a corporation -- and it may be the best thing you can do for your business.

Incorporating Your Business

This article explains the complications of incorporating in another state.

Limited Liability Company FAQ

Answers to common questions about starting and running an LLC.

LLC Basics

Limited liability companies combine the best aspects of partnerships and corporations.

S Corporations Vs. LLCs

The pros and cons of each of these business forms.

Should You Inc. or Not?

A brief lesson on the ABCs of LLCs and other legal forms for your new business.

The Double Whammy of Bankruptcies

Even if you structure your company as an LLC, you may not realize that your personal assets are at risk until it's too late.

Time to Incorporate?

Find out when to hire an incorporation service and what to look for in a good one.

What is the Best State of Incorporation?

If you foresee consummating an IPO, you need to consider this.

Where to Incorporate

Article assisting you in selecting the state for incorporating your business.

Compensation for Board Members

Brad Feld's simple rules for board member compensation.

How Do You Compensate Directors of Startup Companies?

One question high impact entrepreneurs often struggle with is how various members of the board of directors should be compensated. Directors come in a variety of flavors, and should be compensated accordingly.

How To Build A Good Board

Here are the 10 key things I've learned (plus one because it's hard to stop at 10). They are all appropriate for an early stage company board, but maybe not all are appropriate as a company gets much larger.

How To Communicate with your Investors between Board Meetings

This post is about what happens BETWEEN board meetings. And most companies donâ??t do enough between board meetings.

Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?

Many startup companies hire advisory boards. Itâ??s very tempting. Itâ??s mostly done by first-time entrepreneurs who want to persuade (bribe?) prominent industry luminaries to be closely associated with the company. Itâ??s done partly in hopes of gaining their wisdom but itâ??s also done to portray the company in a positive light through association.

The Board Of Directors - Selecting, Electing & Evolving

Every company should have a Board Of Directors. At the start it can simply be a one person board consisting of the founder. But it should not stay that way for long. Because if you are your own board, you won't get any of the benefits that come with having a board. These benefits include, but are not limited to, advice, counsel, relationships, experience, and accountability.

The Board Of Directors: Board Chemistry

One of the least discussed elements of a Board of Directors is the chemistry among the Board members. It is critical to a well functioning Board but not always considered in Board construction.

The Board Of Directors: Board Meetings

The Board Meeting is the primary way that Boards function. This post is about making Board meetings effective and helpful for everyone involved.

The Board Of Directors: Role and Responsibilities

The Board of Directors is the governing body for a company. All major decisions will need to be ratified by the Board. You will need the Board's approval to sell your company. You will need the Board's approval to hire or fire a CEO. You will need the Board's approval to do a major acquisition. You will need the Board's approval to do a major financing, including an IPO. On all matters of major strategic importance, the Board will need to be engaged, involved, and supportive.

Ultimate Board Game

"To attract the best advisers, you've got to be networked or nervy."

What Do Boards Actually Do?

"The image of boards and of investors vs. founder conflicts has been so at odds with my experiences on dozens of boards over the past 20 years that I thought it was worth sharing what I actually see."

A Smart Bear

Startups + Marketing + Geekery from someone who's been there. Excellent articles for entrepreneurs.

A VC

A blog by Fred Wilson, a venture capitalist at Union Square Ventures. Updated almost every day. There's a great running feature called MBA Mondays, and the comments section is usually filled with a lot of intelligent discussion.

Above the Crowd

Some thoughtful but infrequently updated insights by Bill Gurley, VC at Benchmark Capital.

Ben's Blog

A blog by Ben Horowitz, a venture capitalist. "My blogging agenda for this year is to reflect on the many experiences I've had in my career - as computer science student, software engineer, co-founder, CEO, fund raiser, company acquirer and seller - and distill the lessons I've learned in each of those roles. I'll use this blog to share what I've learned, provide a sharp opinion or two, and generally contribute to the lively dialog around entrepreneurship, building and leading organizations, and venture capital."

BlogTrepreneur

"Blogtrepreneur is written by Matthew Toren & Adam Toren, they truly epitomize the entrepreneurial spirit. They have many teaching and research interests including Marketing, Business development, Entrepreneurial emergence, Entrepreneurial strategy management, Business growth techniques, Innovation and new venture creation."

Both Sides of the Table

Blog by a successful entrepreneur who now works as a VC. Topics include angel capital, entrepreneurship, sales & marketing, venture capital, and general startup issues.

cdixon blog

A blog by venture capitalist and entrepreneur Chris Dixon. Note that Dixon stopped adding new content in October 2015, but the archives are a terrific and timeless resource.

Duct Tape Marketing

"John Jantsch has been called the World's Most Practical Small Business Expert for consistently delivering real-world, proven small business marketing ideas and strategies."

Entrepreneurs Journey

"Entrepreneurs-Journey.com is a blog/website aimed at those interested in Entrepreneurship, Internet Marketing, Selling Information Online, Blogging and Personal Development."

FeldThoughts

Brad Feld is a VC in Boulder, CO. Lots of good commentary on current events.

For Entrepreneurs From David Skok

A phenomenal blog by entrepreneur-turned-VC David Skok covering all aspects of startups and entrepreneurship, with extra emphasis on sales & marketing and business models. Some posts are specific to SaaS businesses.

Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk is an investor, serial entrepreneur, and bestselling author, sharing his (sometimes provocative) thoughts on media and entrepreneurship.

GoDaddy's Startup Blog

GoDaddy has a surprisingly robust library of articles on startups, blogs, etc. Understandably, a large number of articles are geared toward online businesses.

Hot Sauce! Secret Sauce for Entrepreneurs

Cayenne Consulting's own blog, usually updated every weekday. Subscribe via RSS feed or on Facebook's NetworkedBlogs to receive updates directly to your inbox.

How To Change The World

"How to Change the World is written by Guy Kawasaki, who is a former Apple evangelist and venture capitalist. Having launched multiple online ventures personally, and funded even more than that through his VC firm, he's definitely worth listening to."

Itty Biz

"IttyBiz is a place to get tips, advice, motivation, and support for your very small business. If you're working from home or just thinking about it, come and hang out here for some great ideas and bad jokes."

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Corporate blog by VC Jeremy Liew with in-depth writings on a variety of tech and entrepreneurship topics.

On Startups

On Startups is written by Dharmesh Shah, a professional geek and successful entrepreneur.

Paul Graham - Y Combinator - Essays

A collection of essential essays on startups, fund raising, software development, entrepreneurship, and related topics.

Seth Godin's blog

Short, thought-provoking tidbits about marketing, entrepreneurship, customers, products, and more.

Signal vs. Noise by 37signals

This blog covers design, business, experience, simplicity, the web, culture, and more.

Small Biz Trends

"Small Business Trends is written by Anita Campbell, she has been an entrepreneur at heart her entire life. A lawyer by training, she has a wide range of interests, as reflected in her varied background in banking, information technology, human resources, marketing and eCommerce."

Smart Passive Income

"Smart Passive Income is written by Pat Flynn, his blog is a transparent look at everything he does online. My businesses, my strategies and my income - it's all out there for you to see. I'm not trying to show off my success. In fact, that's exactly the opposite of my purpose here."

Startup Muse

Writings about startup and other interesting business topics for entrepreneurs.

Steve Blank

Great insights from retired entrepreneur and current teacher of entrepreneurship, Steve Blank. Heavy emphasis on business models and the lean startup methodology.

The Entrepreneurial Mind

The Entrepreneurial Mind is written by Dr. Jeff Cornwall, his interest in entrepreneurship came early in life. I grew-up with entrepreneurship and small business as topics around the dinner table at night. My family was involved in many ventures. I was fortunate to be able to be involved in many of my father's entrepreneurial endeavors from an early age. That is where I caught the entrepreneurial bug.

The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur

"The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur is written by Michael Michalowicz, he started his first business at the age of 24, moving his young family to the only safe place he could afford - a retirement village. With limited resources and no experience, he systematically bootstrapped a multi-million dollar technology business, sleeping in conference rooms to avoid hotel costs."

Thinking About Thinking

Blog by Larry Cheng, managing partner at Volition Capital in Boston. Larry mostly covers tech trends from a VC's perspective.

This is going to be BIG...

Blog by Charlie O'Donnell, a New York based VC at First Round Capital. Thought provoking stream of consciousness material covering various aspects of entrepreneurship, NYC life, and other topics on Charlie's mind.

Venture Hacks

Lots of practical advice for entrepreneurs striving to build a VC-grade company.

WiseBread

Articles for entrepreneurs getting started on a small budget.

Work Happy

WorkHappy.net is written by Carson McComas and has great resources for entrepreneurs. Carson provides information about using technology to improve your business, but he also covers info about marketing, SEO, and productivity.

Business Plan Archive

An archive of business plans and other materials used by real startups.

Business Plan Guides - Business Planning Advice

Easily write your business or marketing plan using Teneric's expert guides - loads of free advice, templates and samples to download online.

Entrepreneur.com

Excellent resources for creating your business plan.

Pitchenvy

A gallery of actual startup pitch decks.

Resources for Entrepreneurs by Gaebler Ventures

A collection of short articles on business planning, capital formation, and related topics.

SBA Learning Center

The SBA offers a variety of online courses to help you start and run your business.

The Balance - Entrepreneurship

Collection of articles, video clips and other resources for new entrepreneurs.

Approaches to Writing a Business Plan

There are four basic types of business plans, each serving a different purpose. How you prepare your plan depends in part on the type you are preparing.

Build a Flexible Business Blan

How to build a flexible business plan.

Build a Strong Business Plan, Section by Section

A step-by-step collection of articles that guide you in the building of a business plan by Inc.com.

In Defense of the Deck

Bill Gurley of Benchmark Capital explains: "If you are lucky enough to grow your company from Series A to Series B to Series C, and on to hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and a successful IPO, you will need to tell your company’s story in high-stakes situations over and over and over again. Because of this, venture capitalists place huge positive weight on how good you are at this skill. The great storytellers have an unfair competitive advantage."

MTDC

A venture capital firm talks about their selection criteria and unwritten rules for selecting new ventures to invest in.

Persuasive Projections

Predicting the future is hard. But when you're making financial projections, that's exactly what you need to do. You can avoid some of the most common mistakes by following this list of dos and don'ts.

The 18 Mistakes that Kill Startups

An excellent essay detailing the mistakes that you can control. Although some of the points are specific to software startups, most points apply to startups in any industry.

The Top Ten Lies of Entrepreneurs

"Guy Kawasaki says: 'I get pitched dozens of times every year, and every pitch contains at least three or four of these lies. I provide them not because I believe I can increase the level of honesty of entrepreneurs as much as to help entrepreneurs come up with new lies. At least new lies indicate a modicum of creativity!'"

Why Business Plans Don't Get Funded

Your business plan gives the first impression potential investors get about your venture. But even if you have a great product, team, and customers, it could also be the last impression the in-vestor gets if you make any of these avoidable mistakes.

Why You Need to Write a Business Plan

"Learn why writing a business plan is important -- even if you're not trying to raise money."

Why You Need to Write a Business Plan

Learn why writing a business plan is important -- even if you're not trying to raise money.

Bplans.com

Business plan preparation software and sample business plans. Also includes tips for writing business plans.

High Tech Startup Valuation Estimator

Wondering what your pre-money valuation will be if a VC ever puts a term sheet on the table? Answer the following questions, and we'll calculate an approximate range for you. Of course, every situation is different, so your mileage may vary.

Plan Ware

Software and other resources for writing business plans and financial projections.

SBA Business Plan Outline

Includes tips on how to complete various sections of the business plan.

10kWizard

Access SEC filings, company financials, etc.

Bloomberg

Lots of financial data.

Corporate Information

Massive and powerful collection of corporate research compiled from numerous sources.

Free Data from Economy.com

A cheaper version of Economy.com-- it's free! Database includes economic, demographic, income and labor market information.

Hoover's

Detailed profiles of public companies.

Kauffman Research

The Kaufman Foundation is renowned for their "New Economy Index" that ranks states on technological indicators such as the education levels of the workforce or the number of patents filed. A great resource for all kinds of technological indicators.

Researching Company Finances Online

A helpful guide, with links to additional resources.

SEC EDGAR System

Access SEC filings for public companies.

SEC Info

"Securities Information from the SEC EDGAR database for sophisticated business professionals. We simply publish SEC/CSA Filings, filed by companies, institutions and individuals..."

Yahoo! Finance

An excellent source of financial information. Includes a link from Edgar SEC filings once you've used up your monthly FreeEdgar quota.

Building a Competitor Profile

A good introduction to why and how you prepare competitor profiles, including suggested research resources.

SEC's Edgar Search

Page explaining the process of attaining SEC filings.

Use Online Listening for Competitive Research

"Wish you could afford to sharpen your communications through customer understanding? And obtain actionable tips quickly on a budget? It's your lucky day. This post will show you how to learn more about your customers than you do now to improve your communications efforts all by digging into data you already have or have access to."

Delaware Corporate Information

Look up exact legal names, date of incorporation, and related information of Delaware entities.

Free Data from Economy.com

A cheaper version of Economy.com-- it's free! Database includes economic, demographic, income and labor market information.

Internet World Stats

Internet World Stats features world Internet Usage, Population Statistics, Travel Stats and Internet Market Research Data, for over 233 individual countries and world regions. Internet World Stats is a useful source for travel and hotel stats, international online market research, the latest Internet statistics, world Internet penetration data, world population statistics, telecommunications information reports, and Facebook Stats by country.

Kauffman Research

The Kaufman Foundation is renowned for their "New Economy Index" that ranks states on technological indicators such as the education levels of the workforce or the number of patents filed. A great resource for all kinds of technological indicators.

SBA's Market Research Course

You have a great product or service, but who are your customers and how can you reach them? This course will give you an overview of how to identify your customer and how to market to them.

SEC Info

"Securities Information from the SEC EDGAR database for sophisticated business professionals. We simply publish SEC/CSA Filings, filed by companies, institutions and individuals..."

Statista

Statista aggregates statistics and studies from market researchers, organizations, specialist publications, and government sources.

U.S. Census Bureau

Access the results of the 2000 Census, 2007 Economic Census and other household and economic indicators.

UC San Diego's Digital Collections

Currently totaling 105,547 research data sets, images, documents, video and audio recordings.

ZoomProspector

"ZoomProspector speeds up and simplifies the process of site selection analysis so that companies can quickly identify the optimal location for their business start-up, expansion or relocation. Businesses define the community and property characteristics that are important to them. Then ZoomProspector uses its online mapping technology to search and display the locations that exactly match the company's needs. ZoomProspector objectively identifies the optimal communities for your business based on consistent, third-party data so you can truly compare apples-to-apples for all locations in the United States."

Elements of Effective Market Research

The author posts a series of questions to help you hone in on the key elements of market research.

Market Research on a Tight Budget

Useful, common-sense, and mostly free market research ideas.

Marketing Tactics Worth the Money- Forbes.com

Advice on how to get the word out about your company in the best and most cost-effective way possible. Discusses the most effective marketing and advertising techniques, such as getting yourself noticed by search engines and generating word-of -mouth advertising that is crucial for the profitability of any small business.

Use Online Listening for Competitive Research

"Wish you could afford to sharpen your communications through customer understanding? And obtain actionable tips quickly on a budget? It's your lucky day. This post will show you how to learn more about your customers than you do now to improve your communications efforts all by digging into data you already have or have access to."

451 Research

Focuses on industries that drive connectivity.

Bancroft Information Services

Bancroft Information Services provides customized business intelligence and "secondary" market research to support business plans, marketing strategies and new business development for high tech start-ups, marketing strategists, advertising agencies, software firms, publishers, authors, sales consultants, corporate trainers and more.

BizMiner

900,000 research reports on many industries.

DataMonitor

Covers many industries.

eMarketer

E-business, internet, and technology market data and analysis aggregated from numerous sources.

Forrester Research

Covers many industries. Most of the resources are fee-based, but simply looking at the titles and descriptions of the available reports might be enough to take your research in a new direction.

Frost & Sullivan

Covers many industries. Offers global perspectives and workshops.

Gartner Group

Focuses on IT industry.

IDC

Covers many industries.

MarketResearch.com

Search for and buy research reports from all leading market research companies, including dozens not included in this list.

MedTech Insight

Covers most life science fields.

Answers.com

General reference resource - kind of a hybrid encyclopedia, almanac, dictionary, and thesaurus, among other things.

BizBuySell.com

Marketplace for buying and selling businesses.

NamingForce

NamingForce will help you crowdsource a name for your business. They average over 1,000 possible names for each contest. They then have the crowd vote on the results, and they conduct U.S. trademark and domain name checks to make sure the name is available.

Service Corps Of Retired Executives (SCORE)

Nonprofit association dedicated to encouraging the formation, growth, and success of small business nationwide through counseling and mentoring programs.

Statista

Statista aggregates statistics and studies from market researchers, organizations, specialist publications, and government sources.

The Balance - Entrepreneurship

Collection of articles, video clips and other resources for new entrepreneurs.

I Would Fund That (IWFT)

If you need to hire an investment bank to help you raise capital, but can't afford to pay the investment bank's up-front retainers, IWFT may be able to match you with a lender who will finance the retainer fee.

Resources for Entrepreneurs by Gaebler Ventures

A collection of short articles on business planning, capital formation, and related topics.

Service Corps Of Retired Executives (SCORE)

Nonprofit association dedicated to encouraging the formation, growth, and success of small business nationwide through counseling and mentoring programs.

Small Business Planner - From Start to Finish

"Careful planning is fundamental to success. The Small Business Planner includes information and resources that will help you at any stage of the business lifecycle."

Startup 101: How to Build a Startup

"Startup 101 is a serialized book about the thrills and spills of starting a Web technology venture... Startup 101 is for first-time entrepreneurs who want to go through the whole startup life cycle - including raising money, building a valuable business, and making a lot of money by selling the venture or taking it public."

TechCrunch

TechCrunch provides news, reviews of product developments and a database of individuals including investors. TechCrunch offers an Elevator Pitch section that gives startups the opportunity to have their 60-second pitch voted on and critiqued by peers - see http://pitches.techcrunch.com/

The Balance - Entrepreneurship

Collection of articles, video clips and other resources for new entrepreneurs.

The Best Startup Pitch Decks

One of the best ways to prepare yourself to pitch your company is to emulate (not copy) what others have done. Here are some notable pitch decks from the likes of Airbnb, Facebook, Foursquare, and LinkedIn.

25 Reasons I Will Not Invest in Your Startup

"No matter what stage your startup is in, youâ??re probably going to need some investment dollars. So to save everyone a lot of time, here are 25 reasons I personally would not invest in a startup. Review and address these points for smoother sailing when trying to secure funding."

5 Things You Need to Know Before Fundraising

Know these five details before entering any fundraising pitch, especially if you are a social entrepreneur.

A Fundraising Survival Guide

"Raising money is the second hardest part of starting a startup. The hardest part is making something people want: most startups that die, die because they didn't do that. But the second biggest cause of death is probably the difficulty of raising money. Fundraising is brutal."

Accidental Entrepreneur

You're a middle-aged, middle manager who gets laid off. You send out 100 resumes and get absolutely nowhere. Now what? Some people in this bind start their own businesses. A lucky few end up doing much better than they did while toiling for other companies.

Answering the Call

Trust corporations to know when the VC game is ready for new players.

Can I Get a Little Help Here?

You need experience to hit up investors, but no one said it had to be your own.

Cash Crunch

Don't let investors and lenders use that old "it's the economy" line as justification to put the squeeze on your business.

Determining Returns On Investments

A finance expert explains what capital providers expect to receive from their investment.

Factor Your Receivables for More Cash

"Need a quick cash infusion? A factoring service can help you out."

Get Funding Without Giving up Your Company

"Do investors want an enormous piece of the pie? Find out how to negotiate them down."

Going Somewhere?

"Keeping a financial road map in your company's back pocket is always a capital idea."

Hidden Treasure

"Your search for capital should start in the nooks, crannies, equipment and real estate your business already has."

How About That 'B' Round?

"If it's time for a second round of financing, read this first."

How Can Start Ups Grow?

For new ventures a lack of resources makes growth difficult to come by - just ask those nine out of ten fledgling firms that fail. Professor Mukti Khaire says the key may be in acquiring intangible resources such as legitimacy, status, and reputation.

How To Pitch To Family and Friends

It can be a tough situation when asking family and friends for money, but there is a really good reason to do so: they trust you. Learn the proper way to pitch your idea to mom and dad so they will want to invest in you.

In Defense of the Deck

Bill Gurley of Benchmark Capital explains: "If you are lucky enough to grow your company from Series A to Series B to Series C, and on to hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and a successful IPO, you will need to tell your company’s story in high-stakes situations over and over and over again. Because of this, venture capitalists place huge positive weight on how good you are at this skill. The great storytellers have an unfair competitive advantage."

Learn by Pitching

Business plan competitions and venture forums might be nerve-racking, but they can also get you the cash you need.

Loans and Equity Investments Compared

"How to choose between getting a loan or selling part of your business to an equity investor."

Love Your Idea (Don't Want to Finance It)

Even after investing $600,000 of his own money, "Mr. Brooks is snared in the Catch-22 paradox that bedevils many entrepreneurs who have come up with a promising product and marketing plan: investors are reluctant to open their wallets until they see a functioning business. But it is difficult to create a functioning business until the investors open their wallets."

Model Behavior

"Abstract number sorcery won't cut it anymore. Investors want to know exactly how you're going to make money."

Money For Ownership?

"You don't have to sell your soul to raise startup capital."

Navigating China's Visa Problem

Discusses the potential difficulties that have recently been posed to entrepreneurs and businessmen hoping to do business in China, start a business in China, or even open a branch of a currently existing business in China. Specifically discusses the new, more strigent measures in place for obtaining a business visa in China, which now involves months of planning and significant cash. Particularly relevant for entrepreneurs and small businesses looking to benefit from China's planned telecom overhaul.

Out of Stock

"When your stock price is stalled and you can't hope to improve it, is it time for your company to quietly step back into private life?"

Out on a Limb

"Finding capital in today's battered market means taking risks."

Personal Loan Guarantees

"Before you sign on the dotted line, take some time to understand your liability."

Public Opinion

"Becoming synonymous with inflated valuations and dotcom disasters hasn't done much for IPOs' reputation. How long before we can start to talk about going public again without snickering?"

Raising Money Through Equity Investments

Bringing investors into your business gets you more than just money -- you get new co-owners, too.

Raising Start-Up Capital

A guide from Inc.com

Self-Financing Your Startup

"The best place to begin is by looking in the mirror. Self-financing is the number-one form of financing used by most business startups. In addition, when you approach other financing sources such as bankers, venture capitalists or the government, they will want to know exactly how much of your own money you are putting into the venture. After all, if you don't have enough faith in your business to risk your own money, why should anyone else risk theirs?"

Seven Founding Sins

The seven things entrepreneurs must avoid at all costs.

Stock Options

More entrepreneurs are now choosing to sell private stock offerings. And in saying no to IPOs, they're reaping the benefits.

Strategy Letter I: Ben and Jerry's vs. Amazon

"Building a company? You've got one very important decision to make, because it affects everything else you do. The decision? Whether to grow slowly, organically, and profitably, or whether to have a big bang with very fast growth and lots of capital."

The 18 Mistakes that Kill Startups

An excellent essay detailing the mistakes that you can control. Although some of the points are specific to software startups, most points apply to startups in any industry.

The Anatomy of a Financing Deal

"First things first: There is no such thing as a typical deal."

The Best Startup Advice I Have

David Cowan of Bessemer Venture Partners describes the Sales Learning Curve, developed by Stanford Business Professor Mark Leslie. The gist: between product development and sales ramp-up, there needs to be a period in which you figure out how to perfect what you have to sell.

The Top Ten Lies of Entrepreneurs

"Guy Kawasaki says: 'I get pitched dozens of times every year, and every pitch contains at least three or four of these lies. I provide them not because I believe I can increase the level of honesty of entrepreneurs as much as to help entrepreneurs come up with new lies. At least new lies indicate a modicum of creativity!'"

The True Costs of Raising Money

"You probably don't have a clue what it really costs to raise the capital you need to fund your business. This expert spells it out for you."

The ultimate guide to pricing your company for a fundraise (Or, how much is too much?)

Valuation is "where you make or break the conversation. If yours is too high, potential investors will prioritize other opportunities over yours; if itâ??s too low, they will ask themselves whatâ??s wrong. If the valuation youâ??re asking for is completely off the chart, thatâ??s a huge red flag and it signals that you have little or no idea what youâ??re talking about (and leaves investors wondering what other things you donâ??t have an idea about)."

Top Ten Legal Mistakes Made by Entrepreneurs

"The life of a startup can be precarious, a wrong turn disastrous. Harvard Business School professor Constance Bagley discusses the most frequent legal flops made by entrepreneurs, everything from hiring the wrong lawyer to puffing up the business plan."

Translating the Term Sheet

"An investment firm has made you an offer. Now learn what the numbers mean."

Worth the Price You Pay?

"If your search for venture capital feels like it's getting out of hand, maybe you don't need their money after all."

Entrepreneur Scan

E-scan offers the potential entrepreneur, businessperson, self-employed or franchise owner a chance to see a detailed report about their most important asset: themselves. Results are compared with other successful businesses to indicate those business skills that need improvement.

High Tech Startup Valuation Estimator

Wondering what your pre-money valuation will be if a VC ever puts a term sheet on the table? Answer the following questions, and we'll calculate an approximate range for you. Of course, every situation is different, so your mileage may vary.

Convertible Debt vs. Equity: Which Is Right for Your Startup?

"Whether you are an entrepreneur or an angel investor, the topic of convertible note vs. equity impacts you. For the most part, startups favor convertible notes and angels prefer equity, but which one is the right choice for your startup?"

How Convertible Debt Works

A brief overview of how convertible debt works, written by an attorney who specializes in startup issues.

How to value a startup

"If you know the minimum cash that you need and the maximum equity that you’re willing to accept, then you know your baseline valuation and everything else is a matter of negotiation."

Is convertible debt with a price cap really the best financing structure?

More nuanced considerations when choosing between convertible debt and priced equity for early stage financing. This article has many links to views from other thinkers in the field.

NVCA's Model VC Financing Documents

Templates put together by a group of leading venture capital attorneys. The model venture capital financing documents consist of: Term Sheet Stock Purchase Agreement Certificate Of Incorporation Investor Rights Agreement Voting Agreement Right of First Refusal and Co-Sale Agreement Management Rights Letter Indemnification Agreement Model Legal Opinion

Term Sheet for First Round Venture Capital

This article describes, and links to, a model entrepreneur-friendly term sheet. One of the goals is to reduce the amount of time and money that goes into term sheet negotiations. The article briefly describes the rationale for eliminating participation with preferred stock, imposing a 1x liquidation preference, and enacting a single trigger vesting acceleration upon acquisition.

Term Sheet Hacks: Get a Great Deal

"Your investors can take their time â?? they have years to invest their money â?? but youâ??re under pressure from your employees and co-founders to deliver the money that will keep your company alive. The clock is tickingâ?¦"

The True Costs of Raising Money

"You probably don't have a clue what it really costs to raise the capital you need to fund your business. This expert spells it out for you."

Thoughts on Convertible Notes

Describes some nuanced but important considerations when choosing to fund via convertible notes vs. priced equity.

Understanding Convertible Loans

"Before you borrow funds with a convertible loan, make sure it's a positive move for the future of your business."

Understanding the Financing Stages

"From seed stage to mezzanine, a breakdown of the key financing terms and what they mean to you."

Equity Financing Templates via Y Combinator

This is a great collection of "open source" angel financing documents, consisting of a term sheet, stock purchase agreement, board consent, stockholder consent, amended and restated certificate of incorporation, and investors' rights agreement. You'll still want to have your attorney guide you through the financing process, but these should provide a very useful starting point.

High Tech Startup Valuation Estimator

Wondering what your pre-money valuation will be if a VC ever puts a term sheet on the table? Answer the following questions, and we'll calculate an approximate range for you. Of course, every situation is different, so your mileage may vary.

Sample Angel Investor Term Sheet

Annotated preferred stock private placement term sheet from the Angel Capital Association.

Sample Convertible Promissory Note

Sample annotated promissory note from startup attorney White Summers.

Term Sheet Generator

The Silicon Valley law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has developed an online term sheet generator. "This tool will generate a venture financing term sheet based on your responses to an online questionnaire. It also has an informational component, with basic tutorials and annotations on financing terms. This term sheet generator is a modified version of a tool that we use internally, which comprises one part of a suite of document automation tools that we use to generate start-up and venture financing-related documents."

DealBook - NY Times' Venture Capital Roundup

A roundup of recent venture capital related news.

FundingPost

FundingPost connects entrepreneurs with Angel and VC investors, both online and at live regional events.

National Venture Capital Association

"NVCA is the venture capital industry's source for advocacy, networking, professional development and reliable and timely information."

PitchBook.com

"PitchBook is an independent and impartial research firm dedicated to providing premium data, news and analysis to the private equity industry."

Private Equity Hub

"Private Equity Hub is an interactive forum for the private equity community... Its mission is simple: To help you do your job better, by feeding your head with news and views from/about your peers."

PwC MoneyTree Survey

"The MoneyTree Survey is a quarterly study of venture capital investment activity in the United States. As a collaboration between PricewaterhouseCoopers, Thomson Venture Economics and the National Venture Capital Association, it is the only industry-endorsed research of its kind."

TheFunded.com

"TheFunded.com is an online community of entrepreneurs to research, rate, and review funding sources worldwide. In addition, TheFunded.com allows entrepreneurs to view and share term sheets, to assist one another finding good investors, and to discuss the many facets of operating a business."

VC Experts

VC Experts serves the needs of the private equity and venture capital communities with its anchor product, The Encyclopedia of Private Equity and Venture Capital by combining substantive commentary on the private equity and venture capital industries with online learning courses. The VCExperts.com site includes current industry news, weekly commentary, and the online University and 4,000 page Encyclopedia of Private Equity and Venture Capital.

VentureDeals (formerly Ask the VC)

"Ask The VC was created in 2006 by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson. Today, all four managing directors of Foundry Group blog about what entrepreneurs want to know about."

Visual VC Database

"Wouldn't it be cool to see every venture firm in the US on an interactive map?" So asks Matt Winn, architect of Venture Capital Database (VCDB). VCDB is a tool for entrepreneurs and other startup enthusiasts to locate venture capital firms. You can search by entering a location into the search box, or by using the interactive map feature. You can also search for keywords in firm and venture professional bios. The bios include information regarding investment sector focus, histories, and affiliations.The database currently includes 492 venture firms, 863 locations, and 6774 professionals.

Capital-as-a-Service: A New Operating System for Early Stage Investing

"A few years ago, we open-sourced some of our data-driven diligence methodologies. We’re now building “capital-as-a-service” (CaaS) with the goal of democratizing access to capital. Through CaaS, we’ve analyzed thousands of companies and invested in dozens. We’re currently in private beta, but soon entrepreneurs around the world will be able to apply for capital based on what they’ve built versus who they know or what they look like."

Do VCs Take The Summer Off? Entrepreneurs Say Yes. Data Says No.

It's commonly believed that it's impossible to get the attention of an investor during the summer because they're all on vacation. Think again.

Entrepreneur Magazine's Top 100 VCs in Early Stage Startups

Nowadays, it seems like venture capitalists are an endangered species, but your chances of finding VC funding are better than you think.

In VC deals, Price Doesn't Matter - But The "Promote" Does

This article will give you a leg-up in your funding deal by discussing the areas of weaknesses for entrepreneurs.

MTDC

A venture capital firm talks about their selection criteria and unwritten rules for selecting new ventures to invest in.

One-on-one with Guy Kawasaki, CEO, Garage Technology Ventures

The changing environment for companies seeking venture funding.

Term Sheet for First Round Venture Capital

This article describes, and links to, a model entrepreneur-friendly term sheet. One of the goals is to reduce the amount of time and money that goes into term sheet negotiations. The article briefly describes the rationale for eliminating participation with preferred stock, imposing a 1x liquidation preference, and enacting a single trigger vesting acceleration upon acquisition.

The Top Ten Lies of Entrepreneurs

"Guy Kawasaki says: 'I get pitched dozens of times every year, and every pitch contains at least three or four of these lies. I provide them not because I believe I can increase the level of honesty of entrepreneurs as much as to help entrepreneurs come up with new lies. At least new lies indicate a modicum of creativity!'"

The Top Ten Lies of Venture Capitalists

Guy Kawasaki says: "Venture capitalists are simple people: we've either decided to invest, and we are convincing ourselves that our gut is right (aka, 'due diligence') or there's not a chance in hell. While we may be simple, we're not necessarily forthcoming, so if you think it's hard to get a 'yes' out of venture capitalist, you should try to get a conclusive 'no.'" (Note: Guy's original article at http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2006/01/the_top_ten_lie.html appears to be down so this link goes to the PDF version of his talk.)

The True Costs of Raising Money

"You probably don't have a clue what it really costs to raise the capital you need to fund your business. This expert spells it out for you."

Venture Capital 101

A no-nonsense, 70-page guide to venture capital. Explains what VC is, who it's for, and how to get it.

Growth Company Guide 4.0

A corporate finance guide available for purchase with practical advice for the entrepreneurial manager.

High Tech Startup Valuation Estimator

Wondering what your pre-money valuation will be if a VC ever puts a term sheet on the table? Answer the following questions, and we'll calculate an approximate range for you. Of course, every situation is different, so your mileage may vary.

An Overview of SBA Loan Programs

National Association of Development Companies (NADCO)

Companies certified by the SBA to provide funding to small businesses under the SBA 504 loan program.

On Deck Capital

On Deck provides a free service for business owners that offers insights into how banks view your business, and the lending options available to you.

SBA Loan & Grant Search Tool

Answer a few quick questions and receive a customized list of funding sources.

A Bank, at Your Service

The number of start-up banks is on the rise, and they're competing with the big boys by catering to business owners.

Answering the Tough Questions

A bank will scrutinize your past business performance. Are you prepared to answer the tough questions when your banker asks them?

Attacking a Loan

"7 knock-'em-dead strategies to use when negotiating with hard-nosed commercial bankers."

Can Your Bank Do This?

"A number of entrepreneurs define for Inc. what makes an exceptional small-business commercial bank."

Going for Broker

"At the end of your rope for ways to finance your business's growth? Forget the usual suspects and try the last place you'd think of."

How To Pitch To Family and Friends

It can be a tough situation when asking family and friends for money, but there is a really good reason to do so: they trust you. Learn the proper way to pitch your idea to mom and dad so they will want to invest in you.

How To: Deal with Your Bankers

Investment firm chairman gives advice on negotiating deals with bankers.

Learning to Live with (or Without) Your Banker

"Questions you should ask yourself before deciding what kind of banking strategy your company needs."

Lilliputian Loans

"When it comes to financing, bigger isn't always better. Have you tried an SBA microloan on for size?"

Loans or Equity: How to Choose the Best Financing for Your Small Business

"Many small businesses do not have the luxury of always having all the money they need to operate. When considering where you can obtain outside cash, there are two common options to consider: loans and equity funding. Both sources have their own advantages and drawbacks."

Me and My Banker

"A hot-company CEO and his banker open up about a relationship that actually works. Sort of."

Money For Small Businesses

Instead of grants, think SBA-backed loans.

The Double Whammy of Bankruptcies

Even if you structure your company as an LLC, you may not realize that your personal assets are at risk until it's too late.

The Few, the Proud, the Bankable

Can you get a bank loan from the get-go? It's tricky, but these entrepreneurs did it. Here are their tips for securing a line of credit for your start-up.

The Lowdown on Business Loans

"If you're seeking a loan for your business, make sure you understand the basics."

Think Global, Borrow Local

"Every time you turn around, it seems like one big bank is merging with another big bank. Or, they're gobbling up smaller banks like they're going out of style. This leaves us all with mega-sized institutions with the willingness to increase fees and skimp on personal touches. So here's something you should consider: your local, community bank."

Understanding Loan Covenants

Getting a bank loan? Take these simple steps to make sure you understand the fine print -- before you sign a loan agreement.

What Your Banker Forgot To Tell You

A CFO explains the benefits of examining your banking services, plus a complete banking makeover.

Who Needs a Bank Anyway?

"Nontraditional lenders are emerging as a real alternative to bank financing for growth companies."

WSJ Online- Latest Groans: Small Business Loans

Until recently, startups that had been formed a day ago could, in some cases, borrow as much as $100,000 in less than 24 hours off of a one-page application. Not any more - many financial institutions are tightening credit standards.

You're Approved!

"Your goal is to secure financing. Your prospective lender's goal is to understand your company's financial and non-financial aspects so well that he or she becomes comfortable with giving you money. Therefore, to best meet your need for capital, you should try addressing the needs of the lender first."

Sample Convertible Promissory Note

Sample annotated promissory note from startup attorney White Summers.

Angel Blog

AngelBlog is a forum for experienced entrepreneurs and successful angel investors to develop and share ideas on how to improve their skills and tools for rapidly growing successful tech companies.

Angel Investor News

News, articles, and resources for entrepreneurs and angel investors.

Angel Organization Summit's Angel Directory

A comprehensive directory of regional and national angel investing groups.

AngelList

One of the most active equity crowdfunding platform. Also connects startups with potential team members.

Atlanta Technology Angels

Angel investor group in the Atlanta region.

Commerce Net

CommerceNet provides "an open network of businesses exchanging services with each other." In addition, the company "invests in many types of endeavors, often taking an equity stake in companies in return for the resources."

FlashFunders

FlashFunders is a platform to help startups raise $500K to $2M. They say that they are NOT a crowdfunding site. Companies seeking funding must be a California or Delaware C corporation, and must already have a lead investor - FlashFunders conducts a general offering to raise the balance of your funding requirement.

FundersClub

FundersClub is a hybrid between a crowdfunding platform and angel investor group. Unlike other crowdfunding platforms, a company seeking funding must be nominated by a FundersClub member (an accredited investor) - there is no way for a startup to apply directly for funding. So if this group interests you, you'll need to do some networking to find a member who is willing to nominate you.

FundingPost

FundingPost connects entrepreneurs with Angel and VC investors, both online and at live regional events.

Gathering of Angels

The Gathering Of Angels is an Angel Investor Forum where 6 companies provide a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation. Each presenter is charged a $2500. Included in the GOA presentation fee is 3 hours of virtual coaching, mentoring and consulting from GOA CEO Tarby Bryant.

Gust.com

"Gust (formerly Angelsoft) provides the global platform for the sourcing and management of early-stage investments. Gust enables skilled entrepreneurs to collaborate with the smartest investors by virtually supporting all aspects of the investment relationship, from initial pitch to successful exit."

Investors: Alliance of Angels

"The Alliance of Angels is the Pacific Northwest's premier non-profit angel investment organization, comprising of more than 100 accredited investors and representatives of investment firms who invest in early-stage companies in technology and other high-growth sectors."

Investors: Band of Angels

Angel investor group in the Silicon Valley region. Group concentrates on high-tech companies.

Investors: Pasadena Angels

Angel investor group in Pasadena.

Investors: Tech Coast Angels

"Tech Coast Angels is California's largest angel investor network, with over 300 members from virtually every background and industry."

Keiretsu Forum

"Keiretsu Forum is the world's largest angel investor network with 750 accredited investor members throughout eighteen chapters on three continents. Since Keiretsu Forum's founding in 2000, its members have invested over $180m in 200 companies in technology, consumer products, healthcare/life sciences, real estate and other segments with high growth potential."

New Mexico Angels

Angel investment group based in Albuquerque, NM.

Social Venture Circle

"Social Venture Circle is the world’s largest and most active early-stage impact investing network. We have been finding, fostering, and funding startup innovation for over 25 years. Our community of angel investors, venture capitalists, foundations, and family offices has invested over $200 million into more than 300 enterprises dedicated to improving the environment, education, health, and community."

Winter Park Angels

An angel group located in Central Florida.

Angel Financing: Dos and Don'ts for Entrepreneurs

Any entrepreneur who hopes to raise capital from individual investors, so-called 'angels,' should be prepared with a presentation, business plan, list of potential angels, and outline of the opportunity his or her new venture affords.

Angel Power – An Angel Survey

This is a rather dated survey, but the general conclusions are valid.

Check Out Your Investors

Why you need to do due diligence on your investors before you take their money.

Do-It-Yourself Angel Round

Getting serious about growing your company but can't afford to hire an investment bank? Here's how Mark Torrance, CEO of StockMaster, raised capital without surrendering big chunks of equity.

Earning Your Wings

Angel investors are getting tougher. To land seed money, you should, too. (Inc Magazine - January 2005)

How to find your angel investor

"It takes money to make money. Use these heavenly hints to attract the early-stage funding you need to get your new business off the ground."

How to Meet Angel Investors

The most effective way to get set up with people who will invest in your fledgling business is to actively and creatively seek them out.

How to Pitch Your Business to Friends and Family

Who better to put money into your brilliant business idea than people who can already vouch for you? Friends and family are an obvious source of funding. And in this era of ebbing small business lending by banks, if you don't have an interested investor, why not turn to mom, pop, and the rest of your clan?

How to Raise Angel Capital

David Rose, founder of Gust.com, provides a fantastic answer to the question "How would you break down the process of raising an angel round of investment in 5-10 steps?"

How to Think Like an Angel

A brief primer on what Angels want to see.

Local Area Network

"By opting to keep her high-tech start-up, Thermagon Inc., in Cleveland, founder Carol Latham was able to leverage her local ties to build a sophisticated network of investors and employees."

Making Friends: The Name of the Angel Game

Looking for individual investors, known as "angels," to finance your company? Then heed the adage, "It's not what you know but whom you know."

Ranking Angel Investment Groups

CB Insights analyzed over 350 angel investment groups with the algorithms they use to assess VC firms. Here's how the top angel investor groups stack up.

Seven Steps to Heaven

"Funding for entrepreneurial businesses has completely dried up, right? Wrong. Angel investors -- long a tried-and-true source of capital for young businesses -- have not hung up their wings."

Smart Money

One company founder decided to seek investors with expertise as well as money.

Structuring Funding From Your Family

"Some VCs like to see familial skin in the game, on the premise that you will work hard to keep your nearest and dearest from ending up under a bridge. A clumsily structured seed round, however, can alienate both the amateurs who love you and the professionals who, you hope, will someday love you."

The New Rules of Angel Investing

"The rules of the game of angel investing have changed in the post-crisis world. The average deal size shrank by 31 percent in the first half of [2009]... Angels are still financing deals, but at lower valuations and with more specific milestones. They have grown more picky and less tolerant of risk... In tight times, only the absolute stars rise to the top to receive funding. If they want to have a chance, they've got to be well prepared."

The True Costs of Raising Money

"You probably don't have a clue what it really costs to raise the capital you need to fund your business. This expert spells it out for you."

Top Ten Tips On Raising Angel Financing Today

"If your business is a picnic, then the financing environment is like the weather. You cannot change it, you must make adjustments for it in your business plan and BEFORE you start raising money. i.e. you can't beat mother nature and other forces far greater than you."

What does it take to impress an angel investor?

The kinds of businesses that attract angel investors.

High Tech Startup Valuation Estimator

Wondering what your pre-money valuation will be if a VC ever puts a term sheet on the table? Answer the following questions, and we'll calculate an approximate range for you. Of course, every situation is different, so your mileage may vary.

Sample Angel Investor Term Sheet

Annotated preferred stock private placement term sheet from the Angel Capital Association.

Sample Convertible Promissory Note

Sample annotated promissory note from startup attorney White Summers.

Angel Investor Directory

A directory of angel investor groups organized by region. Includes descriptions of the types of ventures they are interested in, typical investment amounts, and contact information.

DARPA

Funding for technologies with potential military applications.

Department of Defense

Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

EPA Grant-Writing Tips

Grants.gov

Grants.gov is your source to FIND and APPLY for federal government grants.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Grant and contract opportunities.

National Institutes of Health

Grants and funding opportunities.

National Science Foundation

Listing of funding opportunities.

NIH Grant Writing Tips Sheets

A list of NIH Institutes that put out guides and tip sheets on their websites.

SBIR Grant Programs

The Office of Technology administers the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. Through this competitive program, $2billion has been awarded to small high-tech businesses.

Scientific Grant & Funding Sources from Science Magazine

Directory of funding sources for training in the sciences.

The Foundation Center

Helping grantseekers succeed, helping grantmakers make a difference.

NSF Guide for Proposal Writing

Advice to proposal writers.

NASDAQ Private Market

For over 40 years, Nasdaq has supported companies through every stage of their lifecycle, from emergence and growth through maturity. As companies remain private longer, they can employ NASDAQ Private Market services to facilitate shareholder liquidity and manage their equity in a controlled manner on their terms.

SEC

A guide to help you understand how to raise capital and comply with federal securities laws.

An IPO for Everyone

"According to the cofounder of investment firm Hambrecht & Quist, an entirely new way for companies to go public may bring the markets to the masses."

Exiting Through an Initial Public Offering

"Although this exit strategy is an option for only a select group of entrepreneurial companies, its rewards are well worth the careful planning required."

IPO Basics: A Road Map

What's involved in taking a company public? Take a quick tour through the IPO process.

IPO Basics: Due Diligence

One of the keys to a smooth IPO is a thorough review of your business. This due diligence process ensures you can back up everything you say in your SEC registration statement.

IPO Basics: Investment Bankers, Underwriters, and Other Key Players

Taking your company public? Make sure you understand who the players are and their roles in the process.

IPO Basics: Stock Exchanges and Securities Laws

In over your head when it comes to securities and the public markets? Here's a primer to get you started.

IPO Basics: The Registration Statement

Considering a public offering? This primer on registration statements will get you started.

IPOs: How Soon and How Much?

When should you take your company public? How do you set your initial share price? How many shares should you sell, and how do you avoid flooding the market? This IPO primer can help you answer these questions.

The Allure of Going Public

Even now, public markets hold a powerful appeal for entrepreneurs. But as the CEO of any public company will tell you, the IPO is no cakewalk. In fact, it's just the start of the next phase. The question of who's on your team matters more than ever.

The Road to Wall Street

"Everyone thinks an IPO is the last hurdle to success, and everyone has it all wrong. It's what happens after you go public that makes all the difference."

The Secret World of IPOs

"A senior Inc. writer takes you through the uncharted territory of small-company public offerings."

Weighing the Benefits of Hitting the IPO Road

Successful IPOs bring capital and growth, but they also have their drawbacks. Consider the pros and cons carefully before jumping into the fray.

CircleUp

CircleUp is a crowdfunding marketplace connecting consumer product entrepreneurs and investors - especially ventures in food, personal care, apparel, and pet-related products. Applicant companies should have annual revenues of at least $1 million. There is no cost for entrepreneurs to post, and they offer free legal documents and tools for telling your story.

Crowd Sourcing

This website is all about cloud and crowd sourcing. Stay up to date on legislation and other events affecting the industry.

Go Fund Me

This is where you can raise money for YOU. Weddings, trips, causes, businesses, or anything else you need money for.

Indigogo

Raise money for your business, give up no equity, and only pay if you reach your goal. The crowd funding site helps entrepreneurs get their business off the ground.

Kickstarter

Kickstarter is a crowd funding website that allows entrepreneurs to fund their business equity-free in a public forum by collecting donations from other individuals.

Micro Ventures

A website that integrates peer-to-peer funding with venture capital and brings early stage and startup business opportunities for investments. This is an atypical crowd funding website.

Onevest

Onevest is an equity crowdfunding platform. In addition, it helps investors to become advisors to startups, and it helps entrepreneurs find co-founders.

Quirky

Quirky offers designers and inventors a chance to get their product to market by creating a community of people to offer valuable feedback products they think are worth creating and developing. It costs $100 to submit ideas.

SeedInvest

SeedInvest is an equity crowdfunding platform that connects investors to pre-screened start-ups and small businesses seeking funding. SeedInvest's mission is to help both entrepreneurs and investors leverage the disruptive power of the Internet to make early-stage investing and fundraising easier. To fulfill its mission, SeedInvest created an innovative, web-based platform which greatly reduces the traditional barriers for investing in private companies. SeedInvest's platform has many innovative tools that help investors improve deal flow, diligence opportunities, and execute investments.

StartEngine

StartEngine is an equity, debt, and ICO crowdfunding platform for companies raising capital via Regulation CF (Crowdfunding) and Regulation A+. They are also seeking a broker-dealer license and to create a secondary market in Regulations CF, D, and A tokenized securities.

6 secrets to launching a successful Kickstarter campaign

What can you do to make sure your Kickstarter campaign succeeds? Here are six tips shared by three film producers who figured it out.

Crowdfunding 101: The Basics

This short article provides an overview of the four different types of crowdfunding.

JOBS Act Opens The Door To Investment Scams?

One perspective and very real possibility of the JOBS Act and how it can impact investing. This takes the perspective of the potential for an increase in scams associated with crowd funding and looser SEC regulations.

Raising Capital Online: The New Thundering Herd

"Crowdfunding is booming. A report by Massolution, a research firm, forecasts that $2.8 billion will be raised worldwide [in 2012], up from $1.5 billion in 2011 and only $530m in 2009."

Three Myths About Equity Crowdfunding Debunked

"Equity crowdfunding, where investors (accredited only for the moment) buy securities in privately owned companies, is still relatively new. The increasing appeal of investing in startups is understable for investors who are looking to diversify their portfolio, looking to get uncorrelated returns and have determined that their risk appetite is aggressive. However, there have been a number of claims about equity crowdfunding that I felt compelled to surface and address."

Communitelligence.com

Communitelligence.com is a member knowledge-sharing portal aimed at improving organizational and interpersonal communication. At the center of Communitelligence are 30 expert-led communities focusing on key topics including public relations, internal communication, marketing, presentation skills, writing and business strategy.

EmergingTechPR.com

Easy-to-understand information on public relations for emerging tech companies.

Inbound Marketing University

Hubspot Academy offers an online curriculum of inbound marketing webinars taught by a faculty of top marketing experts.

MarcommWise

Marketing communications articles, book reviews, glossary, profitability calculators and other related resources.

Marketing Today

The online guide to marketing in the information age.

Marketing, Sales, and Business Development

This site provides articles that will give you insight to successful business and marketing practices. Learn how to attract and maintain a solid consumer base. Learn various sales techniques or review familiar ones to stay fresh and ready for that new client.

MarketingProfs.com

Marketing know-how from professors and professionals.

Mplans.com

Marketing plan software and sample marketing plans.

NamingForce

NamingForce will help you crowdsource a name for your business. They average over 1,000 possible names for each contest. They then have the crowd vote on the results, and they conduct U.S. trademark and domain name checks to make sure the name is available.

PR Web

Affordable online press release distribution.

Software Pricing Resource

Softwarepricing.com is a resource for companies facing pricing decisions or feel their pricing or discounting practices are "not quite right". The site is created by MarketShare, Inc. a MA-based management consultancy focusing on technology-based product (and service) pricing issues. Note to reader: While I think the site is outstanding, please look it over and rate it your self... Thanks.

25 Must-Read Content Marketing Presentations

Great resources for learning the principles of content marketing.

A Framework For Maximizing Startup Marketing Effectiveness

Tomasz Tunguz, Venture Capitalist at Redpoint, shares a framework for evolving a startup's marketing strategy as it grows.

A Revolutionary Marketing Strategy ...Trust Me

Trust-based marketing requires an initial investment of time and energy up front, but can see you land all the clients and projects you want within six months to a year. Best of all, trust-based marketing doesn't cost a lot to implement.

Avoid Unlawful Advertising: Seven Rules for Your Business

Be sure you comply with laws against deceptive or misleading advertising. Required reading before you do any type of advertising.

Get Marketing ROI Now

How to set goals, develop plans, measure, and quantify results.

Harvard Business School

HBS Working Knowledge is a forum for innovation in business practice. This link directs the reader to the marketing strategy section of the HBS forum.

How To Get Media Coverage For Your Startup: A Complete Guide

A comprehensive guide for entrepreneurs who want to handle their own PR.

How to Measure Your Brand's Online Influence

"How certain diagnostic and analytic tools can help spread your online influence and spark interest in your brand"

How to Write a Marketing Plan

Several articles presenting ideas for developing marketing plans.

Inbound Marketing for Startups

Dharmesh Shah, founder of Hubspot, speaks at the MIT Startup Bootcamp about the startup experience and inbound marketing.

Marketing Tactics Worth the Money- Forbes.com

Advice on how to get the word out about your company in the best and most cost-effective way possible. Discusses the most effective marketing and advertising techniques, such as getting yourself noticed by search engines and generating word-of -mouth advertising that is crucial for the profitability of any small business.

The Best Startup Advice I Have

David Cowan of Bessemer Venture Partners describes the Sales Learning Curve, developed by Stanford Business Professor Mark Leslie. The gist: between product development and sales ramp-up, there needs to be a period in which you figure out how to perfect what you have to sell.

The Grande Guide to the Social CMO

Eloqua's guide to getting up and running with social media marketing.

The Noob Guide to Online Marketing (With Giant INFOGRAPHIC)

This is a 6-Month action plan for going from nothing to having a comprehensive digital marketing operation. It walks you through just about everything you need, step by step. It's an awesome resource.

The Sales Learning Curve

Rather than overstaffing a sales force up front and saddling it with unrealistic performance expectations - a typical mistake most new firms make - entrepreneurial managers should initially employ only a small cadre of salespeople and allow them to work with customers and product developers to smooth out the kinks that are likely to occur.

The Ultimate Guide to Startup Marketing

Tactics for attracting initial customers, primarily through content marketing and public relations.

What your business needs to know about Facebook's EdgeRank

Social Media Optimization is the New SEO

WSJ Online- Don't Back Down

The author argues that better marketing can help companies better compete for the remaining market and can help small businesses in particular in building their brand and developing trust in the company, allowing them to leapfrog competitors who do cut back during the downturn.

Marketing Communications Profitability Calculators

Free, Java-based calculators for estimating the profitability of clicks- and impression-based Web advertising and direct mail campaigns, as well as the lifetime value of customers.

Directory of Tech Bloggers & Reporters

A directory of the contact information of the most popular tech websites, newspapers, bloggers, and reporters. The directory includes emails, contact URLs, Twitter accounts, and added additional comments.

CFO.com

Lots of resources including webcasts, news, and information for financial management.

SBA Learning Center

The SBA offers a variety of online courses to help you start and run your business.

Tax and Accounting Sites Directory

A tax, accounting and payroll directory of websites and provider of tools such as W-4 or payroll calculator.

Bookkeeping and Accounting Basics

While keeping track of your business' finances may seem overwhelming, it's not that hard when you know the basics.

Cash Management Basics

A collection of articles to help you avoid financial crises.

Cash vs. Accrual Accounting

"The cash method and the accrual method (sometimes called cash basis and accrual basis) are the two principal methods of keeping track of a business's income and expenses. In most cases, you can choose which method to use. Learn how they work and the advantages and disadvantages of each so you can choose the better one for your business."

Cash vs. Accrual Accounting

All businesses need to choose one of these methods of accounting: cash or accrual.

Finance for Geeks

A gentle introduction to basic finance and accounting for non-financial entrepreneurs.

BenefitsLink

News and links for employee benefit plan sponsors, service-providers and participants.

Dice.com

Recruiting for technical talent.

ERI Economic Research Institute

Comprehensive resources for salary determination and location comparisons.

Fond

Fond (formerly AnyPerk) provides employee perks in fitness, entertainment, travel, cell phone providers, and much more. They have over 2,500 clients (including Pandora, Pinterest, and Zappos) and 250 partners (including AT&T, Verizon, and Equinox) providing great perks.

Human Resource Management (HRM) Guide

"Managing people, human capital and culture - Human Resource Management (HRM) is critical for business success. HRM Guide publishes articles and news releases about HR surveys, employment law, human resource research, HR books and careers that bridge the gap between theory and practice."

Indeed.com

Indeed.com is a search engine for jobs, allowing job seekers to find jobs posted on thousands of company career sites and job boards.

Monster.com

Recruiting for all positions.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration

Employee safety guidelines and regulations.

PaycheckCity.com

Online collection of paycheck calculators. Ideal for what-if payroll calculations and off-cycle payroll checks.

StartupZone

StartupZone is an online recruitment site dedicated to high-growth pre-IPO start-ups.

A Counterintuitive System for Startup Compensation

Employment Policies

"These business forms and legal documents were created by attorneys and can be downloaded and customized for your own use. Kits offer deep discounts over purchasing individual forms. Business Guides are in-depth, how-to guides that also provide many useful forms."

Hiring Fast vs. Hiring Right

This article addresses the idea of using independent contractors to fill needed positions.

Hiring Your First Employee

Looking to bring your first employee on board? We'll help you understand the legal requirements of hiring staff so you don't hit any rough waters down the line.

Managing One-to-One

Article discussing innovative methods for developing a loyal, motivated, and productive team by attending to the individualistic needs of your employees.

Startup Salary & Equity Data by AngelList

Choose a role, location, skill or market to view salaries and equity.

The Co-Founder Mythology

There are many good reasons why a 50/50 split is the worst way to start a company.

Tips for Conducting Successful Interviews

Hiring and keeping good workers begins with the job interview. If you can ask the right questions, you’re more likely to select a candidate who’s right for the job. Without good interviewing skills, however, you could extend an offer to someone who’s ultimately not the right fit for your company.

What You Need to Know About Workers' Compensation Insurance

Basic description of Workers' Compensation.

When You Can Legally Fire Employees

"When you can legally fire employees isn't an easy question to answer. Laws and cases have become increasingly protective of employees."

Entrepreneur Scan

E-scan offers the potential entrepreneur, businessperson, self-employed or franchise owner a chance to see a detailed report about their most important asset: themselves. Results are compared with other successful businesses to indicate those business skills that need improvement.

Paychex.com

A typical payroll and benefits outsourcing company.

SnapHire

An award-winning corporate website the presents a suite of recruitment and retention tools that optimize and grow your networks of talent and talent sources.

BusinessEthics.ca

Features articles and other links related to business ethics, corporate social responsibility, etc.

Social Good Guides

Authored by industry experts, the Social Good Guides are a collection of subject-specific guides created for startup changemakers.

7 Ways to Be More Ethical Than Your Competition

One of the most important attributes for small business success, is the distinguishing quality of practicing admirable business ethics. Business ethics, practiced throughout the deepest layers of a company, become the heart and soul of the company's culture and can mean the difference between success and failure.

Core Values for Ethical Entrepreneurship

"In the wake of the scandals that have wrecked havoc on the ethics of corporate America, it bears noting that not all major companies have behaved badly. Indeed, organizations such as Johnson & Johnson have routinely been cited for good citizenship; a classic case in ethical behavior was that entity's quick decision to recall during the Tylenol situation of a few years back."

SBA's Guide: Stay legally compliant

Keep your business compliant with state and federal business laws. Your legal responsibilities will depend on your business and location.

SBA Learning Center

The SBA offers a variety of online courses to help you start and run your business.

Corporate Culture Presentation: How NetFlix Does It

This excellent slide deck introduces the NetFlix culture to its employees.

Managing and Motivating Salespeople

How to devise a good incentive program.

Managing One-to-One

Article discussing innovative methods for developing a loyal, motivated, and productive team by attending to the individualistic needs of your employees.

On a Scale of 1 to 10, How Weird Are You?

This interview with Tony Hsieh, the chief executive of Zappos.com, reveals the importance of creating the right culture in your company.

Performance Evaluations

This article gives suggestions to avoid some of the common pitfalls of performance reviews.

The 18 Mistakes that Kill Startups

An excellent essay detailing the mistakes that you can control. Although some of the points are specific to software startups, most points apply to startups in any industry.

The Co-Founder Mythology

There are many good reasons why a 50/50 split is the worst way to start a company.

Why Founders Get Fired

Sometimes the best person to run your business is not you. As CEO, you need to have the discipline to step down and let your company scale.

WSJ Online- Next on the Agenda-Kisses from Honey Bunny

Live video conferencing presents some unique perils. Whether communicating with your team, your customers, or your investors, simple mistakes can leave a lasting negative impression. Here are some traps and ways to avoid them.

Entrepreneur.com Insurance Center

Numerous articles and tips for business insurance on Entrepreneur.com.

Insurance

Learn basics about insurance and which form is best for your business venture.

Insuring Your Home Based Business

Be sure to treat your home business like a business -- including obtaining appropriate insurance for it.

Types of Business Insurance

"Business insurance is a broad description that can be broken down into a list of nine types of insurance policies and here I will briefly explain the coverage and expand on these as individual topics."

ZoomProspector

"ZoomProspector speeds up and simplifies the process of site selection analysis so that companies can quickly identify the optimal location for their business start-up, expansion or relocation. Businesses define the community and property characteristics that are important to them. Then ZoomProspector uses its online mapping technology to search and display the locations that exactly match the company's needs. ZoomProspector objectively identifies the optimal communities for your business based on consistent, third-party data so you can truly compare apples-to-apples for all locations in the United States."

Choosing a Successful Location for Your Business

Here's how to choose affordable space for your business that suits your company's needs.

Finding Workspace on the Fly

A brief review of 3 services to help you find a temporary place to work in major cities: LiquidSpace.com, Loosecubes.com, and OpenDesks.com. Not all spaces are listed on all of these sites, so try them all if you need to find a desk or cubicle for the day.

Negotiating the Best Commercial Lease Terms

Negotiating a good lease can save you money. Learn where landlords are willing to make concessions.

The Process of Negotiating and Signing a Commercial Lease

A landlord's proposed lease is just the starting point from which you can negotiate changes.

Understanding Commercial Leases

Before you rent space for your business, be sure you understand these basic facts about commercial leases.

LoopNet

Commercial real estate listings around the country.

Offices.net

Commercial real estate listings around the country.

Showcase.com

Commercial real estate listings around the country.

Entrepreneur.com Small Business Tax Center

IRS- Business

Business page of the Internal Revenue Service contains links on starting a business, obtaining employer ID numbers, employment taxes and other topics.

PaycheckCity.com

Online collection of paycheck calculators. Ideal for what-if payroll calculations and off-cycle payroll checks.

Small Business Taxes & Management

Tax information and strategy, updated daily.

State Tax Directory

A set of links to help you pinpoint state tax information.

Tax and Accounting Sites Directory

A tax, accounting and payroll directory of websites and provider of tools such as W-4 or payroll calculator.

Current vs. Capitalized Expenses

An easy-to-understand explanation of when a given expense can be deducted from your business income. It all depends in part on what type of expense it is: current or capitalized.

How Corporations Are Taxed

It pays to learn the ups and downs of corporate taxation before you incorporate.

How LLC Members Are Taxed

Like the owners of sole proprietorships and partnerships, LLC owners report business income and losses on their personal tax returns. It also gives tips on when to consider incorporating.

Preparing for an Audit

A tax audit will be much less worrisome if you prepare for it. This article gives tips on what you will need.

Small Business Taxes FAQ

Comprehensive guide to common small business tax questions, tax deductions and more.

What Auditors Look for When Examining a Business

Know what an IRS auditor looks for when examining your business and its records.

HomeOfficeMag

Business ideas and how-to guides for home-based businesses from Entrepreneur.com

National Association for the Self Employed

All kinds of benefits for the self employed. An essential resource if you're going solo; if you expect to have employees, check out PEOs as an alternative.

Solo Entrepreneur

"Our virtual learning resources help you build your business skills, get more clients, and make more money in less time with sustainable multiple streams of income. Read, listen, watch and participate in classes on your schedule, from the comfort of your own home. "

Cheaper, but... Cheaper

Recently, companies like Google have made headlines for providing software and IT services that small businesses require for free or at much lower rates. This article discusses the trade-off between low-cost and functionality.

Finding an Energy Auditor

For small businesses and entrepreneurs for whom high energy and utility costs are a major issue. According to the article, getting an energy audit from the electric company or from another organization is often free, and in some cases utility companies will even offer rebates or discounts to companies that save power by following their suggestions.

Insuring Your Home Based Business

Be sure to treat your home business like a business -- including obtaining appropriate insurance for it.

Tips for Setting Up Your First Home Office

Making Your Home-based Office Space Functional and Efficient

Zoning Rules for Home Businesses

Municipalities have the legal right to establish rules about what types of activities can be carried out in different geographical areas. This article explains why it is important to check your city or county zoning/planning laws and how they affect your home business.

Eyes on Sales

A website with articles devoted to improving your sales techniques.

Marketing, Sales, and Business Development

This site provides articles that will give you insight to successful business and marketing practices. Learn how to attract and maintain a solid consumer base. Learn various sales techniques or review familiar ones to stay fresh and ready for that new client.

US Commercial Service

Assistance to help your business export goods and services to markets worldwide.

5 Startup Sales Tips From Turkish Rug Dealers

Dharmesh Shah, co-founder of Hubspot (and an entrepreneur/marketer that I hold in high regard), shares five very important insights that anybody in the sales profession should keep in mind.

A new way of looking at sales and marketing

What lessons can be learned by turning the sales funnel upside down?

Getting Your Product Onto Retail Shelves

"Business owners with a product to sell often dream of winning shelf space in the Wal-Marts and Targets of the world. But these days, with the recovery dragging, it is a challenge to get shelf space in any store."

The Art of Schmoozing II

Guy Kawasaki has summarized Susan RoAne's book on schmoozing, "How to Work a Room." Great advice, especially for those of us who spend more time with a computer than with people!

The Worst Question A Salesperson Can Ask

When you ask this question, you put the burden of selling on the customer. By doing this you assume that they know what they need, when in reality, they probably.

WSJ Online- Finding the Right People to Make the Sale

If sales aren't where you want them to be, perhaps it's because you aren't hiring the right sales personalities.

WSJ Online- Three Strategies to Get Customers to Say "Yes"

"Sales teams at small companies often are outmanned and outspent by larger competitors. But small companies often find creative ways to level the playing field. Here's a look at how three companies get customers to say 'yes.'"

BizzBangBuzz

Entrepreneurial law blog (blawg) of Pittsburgh strategic business and technology attorney Anthony Cerminaro. Site focuses on small business, venture capital, entrepreneurship, and technology. Also has some links to other worthwhile websites.

FindLaw.com

"Starting and running a small business requires a very broad skill set and nerves of steel. It's not for everyone, and even successful entrepreneurs encounter failure from time to time. In order to help you stay ahead of the curve, FindLaw's Small Business Law section covers everything from obtaining financing and hiring employees, to choosing the right insurance policies and filing taxes. Those who operate small businesses typically wear many different hats, but also must know when and how to seek help from others."

Legal Document Templates by UpCounsel

Scores of free templates covering everything from confidentiality agreements to corporate bylaws to patent assignment agreements to convertible note purchase agreements. While you should always have an attorney involved when preparing these documents, these templates can give you a good head start. The site also has a number of very helpful articles covering a range of legal topics.

NOLO

Extensive legal self-help resources, covering both corporate and personal law. Includes forms, a legal encyclopedia and dictionary, case law, state and federal codes, and much more.

Startup Company Lawyer

An overview of legal issues facing entrepreneurs, created by an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Read this before you talk to your attorney so that your attorney doesn't have to spend a lot of time educating you.

Startup Lawyer

This blog is written by Ryan Roberts, an attorney specializing in startup matters. He writes about "the legal issues involved in a startup’s lifecycle, including incorporation, funding, stock options, venture capital, etc.," among other things.

UpCounsel

UpCounsel is essentially TaskRabbit (or Guru.com) for legal services: you post your requirements, and UpCounsel will obtain proposals from "top-rated and highly experienced attorneys" within hours.

Contracts 101: Make a Legally Valid Contract

"Lots of contracts are filled with mind-bending legal gibberish, but there's no reason why this has to be true. For most contracts, legalese is not essential or even helpful. On the contrary, the agreements you'll want to put into a written contract are best expressed in simple, everyday English."

Employment Policies

"These business forms and legal documents were created by attorneys and can be downloaded and customized for your own use. Kits offer deep discounts over purchasing individual forms. Business Guides are in-depth, how-to guides that also provide many useful forms."

Hiring Fast vs. Hiring Right

This article addresses the idea of using independent contractors to fill needed positions.

Navigating China's Visa Problem

Discusses the potential difficulties that have recently been posed to entrepreneurs and businessmen hoping to do business in China, start a business in China, or even open a branch of a currently existing business in China. Specifically discusses the new, more strigent measures in place for obtaining a business visa in China, which now involves months of planning and significant cash. Particularly relevant for entrepreneurs and small businesses looking to benefit from China's planned telecom overhaul.

Running a Corporation: Keeping the Minutes

Failure to follow corporate formalities or to keep adequate records and minutes of meetings can result in the loss of your limited liability status.

Top Ten Legal Mistakes Made by Entrepreneurs

"The life of a startup can be precarious, a wrong turn disastrous. Harvard Business School professor Constance Bagley discusses the most frequent legal flops made by entrepreneurs, everything from hiring the wrong lawyer to puffing up the business plan."

When You Can Legally Fire Employees

"When you can legally fire employees isn't an easy question to answer. Laws and cases have become increasingly protective of employees."

FindLaw Contracts

Actual legal contracts used by technology companies. Free.

LegalForms.com

Purchase legal form templates for personal and corporate matters. Well organized, but similar resources are available elsewhere for free.

Espacenet - European Patent Search

Search European patent databases.

European Patent Office

Information about European patents.

Japanese Patent Office

Basic information about the Japanese Patent Office. To search patents, scroll down and select "Searching IPDL (Industrial Property Digital Library)," and then select "Searching PAJ" in the second paragraph.

Patent Law

Overview of patent law by Cornell University Law School with other references.

US Copyright Office

Extensive information on copyright protections.

US Patent and Trademark Office

Search for granted U.S. patents and federal trademarks; learn about and apply for intellectual property protection.

USPTO Patent Examination Policy

Basic information about international intellectual property protection.

World Intellectual Property Organization

Comprehensive information on international intellectual property protection.

A Small-Business Guide to Intellectual Property

"The two most precious resources for any small-business owner are time and money. That's why when the subject of intellectual property comes up, many owners run in the other direction. They see images of expensive lawyers and use that as an excuse to ignore the topic, reasoning that it is a problem for big companies to worry about."

Choosing a Business Name FAQ

Answers to commonly asked questions about choosing and registering a successful business name.

How to Trademark a Domain Name

Obtaining a Business Method Patent

A company that develops a new way of conducting e-commerce may be able to prevent others from using it for almost two decades.

Trademark University

The Trademark University provides a wide range of detailed videos and information specific to all things trademark.

FreePatentsOnline.com

Searchable database of U.S. patents. Entire patents can be downloaded in PDF format.

Google Patent Search

Quickly search patents and download to PDF.

CEO Express

Digest and links to just about everything a CEO would need to read.

Forbes

A leading business journal with articles on companies, industries, economics, trends, and more.

Fortune Magazine

A leading business journal with articles on companies, industries, economics, trends, and more.

Harvard Business Publishing

Books and case studies for entrepreneurs and managers.

Inc. Magazine

Must read for entrepreneurs - excellent source of information on business formation and managing growth.

London Financial Times

Breaking business news from an international perspective.

New York Times Business Section

Classic New York Times coverage of business-related matters.

Stanford Business

Articles and research papers on a wide range of topics produced by the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

The Balance - Entrepreneurship

Collection of articles, video clips and other resources for new entrepreneurs.

The Economist

In-depth reporting and analysis of the international economy and the events and developments that affect it. Most of the content is free.

Wall Street Journal ($)

Most resources require a subscription, but the $79 per year fee could pay for itself pretty quickly.

In Pictures: 12 Turbocharging Growth Tips-Forbes.com

When a company succeeds and grows, it faces a new set of challenges at each new stage of growth, something that even successful entrepreneurs are unprepared for. This slide show takes small and middle market business owners through challenges they face as they reach new levels of success and some tips for how to adapt to their new environment.

WSJ Online- Cold Stone Case Study: Three Warnings for Franchise Buyers

This is based on a report (linked to at the top of the article) that Coldstone franchisees are running into trouble as the economy sours, forcing some franchisees to go into bankruptcy and even lose their homes. This article gives three points that entrepreneurs and potential franchisees should consider before opening a franchise.

WSJ Online- Me, Me, Me

Many entrepreneurs today like to write books chronicling how they achieved success and providing advice to other aspiring entrepreneurs. However, the books are often achieving much less success than the authors' original ventures, quickly vanishing from the shelves having sold few copies. The article provides good insight into the market for entreprenurial self-help books.

WSJ Online- Second Act- Telecom Executive Turned Bag Maven

An entrepreneur who walked away from a 13-year career as a telecom executive earning in the mid- six figures at WorldCom to start a business selling cosmetic bags. She ironically saved herself from the WorldCom collapse two years later and these days is making paychecks in the seven figures.

Entrepreneur Scan

E-scan offers the potential entrepreneur, businessperson, self-employed or franchise owner a chance to see a detailed report about their most important asset: themselves. Results are compared with other successful businesses to indicate those business skills that need improvement.

All Things D (Now WSJ Digital)

One of the best sources of technology news.

BizzBangBuzz

Entrepreneurial law blog (blawg) of Pittsburgh strategic business and technology attorney Anthony Cerminaro. Site focuses on small business, venture capital, entrepreneurship, and technology. Also has some links to other worthwhile websites.

Bloomberg Technology Video News

Highlights of Bloomberg's technology coverage.

FastCompany

Must read for entrepreneurs.

Gizmodo

Fun, interesting, and inspiring articles dealing with technology and other fun stuff.

Hacker News

News feed created by Y Combinator of interest to hackers and other tech entrepreneurs.

IEEE Spectrum Online

The Spectrum is a publication by the IEEE that covers science, technology, and engineering news. A crucial source of news and information for those following trends in the tech business.

Information Week

Articles and information dealing with technology and how it pertains to business.

InfoWorld

Must read for high-tech entrepreneurs.

Microsoft for Startups: Helping you to grow, build and connect

Microsoft for Startups provides product, technical, and go-to-market benefits to help accelerate the growth of startups

MIT Technology Review

New York Times Technology Section

Pando Daily

Tech industry news and analysis.

Red Herring

Must read for high-tech entrepreneurs.

Technology News- BizJournals

The latest technology news from various sources. The website is updated daily.

TechZulu

TechZulu is a community and news site for the technology and media industries. Includes a listing of recent venture deals, and video content from interviews, conferences, and more.

Wired

The online magazine covering the effects of technology on culture, economics and politics.

Xconomy

Up-to-date information about important developments and people in the various techology industries around the world.

Y-Combinator

"In 2005, Y Combinator developed a new model of startup funding. Twice a year we invest a small amount of money (average $18k) in a large number of startups (currently 63). The startups move to Silicon Valley for 3 months, during which we work intensively with them to get the company into the best possible shape and refine their pitch to investors. Each cycle culminates in Demo Day, when the startups present to a large audience of investors. But YC doesn't end on Demo Day. We and the YC alumni network continue to help founders for the life of their company, and beyond."

Here Comes Another Bubble v1.1

Funny musical YouTube video ponders the question of whether or not we're in another bubble.

The Future of Web Startups

Just as agriculture, steel, energy, and computers went through a revolutionary process that made them widely available at low cost, Paul Graham believes that web startups are going through the same process, changing the way the American and global economy works.

Vator.tv

Vator is an emerging company social network that allows entrepreneurs to connect with investors and get discovered by the media. They also provide entrepreneurial news and competitions.

Craig's List

Jobs, opportunities, and more.

Publication: San Francisco Chronicle

Northern California's largest newspaper.

Publication: San Jose Mercury News

Local news from Silicon Valley.

Publication: SiliconValley.com

News and research targeted for the Silicon Valley area.

Events: Women Entrepreneurs Small Business Boot Camp

"If you want to grow your business, expand your expertise, explore new opportunities, build a band of resources and mingle with your peers sign up today. Don't miss this exciting day of education and motivation that will energize, synergize and maximize your success."

Forbes Woman Entrepreneurs

Forbes offers a website to assist women in dealing with issues they encounter while maneuvering in the entrepreneurial world.

Golden Seeds

"We identify and invest in women-led ventures with the potential to grow into multi-million dollar businesses, and provide women entrepreneurs with strategic business advice and the tools they need for growth." Offices in Boston and New York.

Grants for Single Mothers

Single Mom Financial Aid, Scholarship Resources, Food and Housing Programs, Parenting Advice, and more

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

From the site: "Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of over 9 million women-owned businesses in the United States representing the fastest growing segment of the economy. NAWBO is the only dues-based organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries; and boasts over 5000 members and 60 chapters across the country. With far-reaching clout and impact, NAWBO is a one-stop resource to propelling women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide."

Startup Princess

"Startup Princess is an international network committed to Empowering Women Entrepreneurs by offering resources for women in business to support, mentor, collaborate, learn from, and inspire one another. In 2006, after struggling to raise funding for an initial business venture, Kelly King Anderson recognized an important market niche existed for reliable resources educating women desiring to start and grow successful businesses, thus Startup Princess was developed."

Women 2.0

Women 2.0 is a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Their mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform.

Women Business Owners Center

News and articles addressing the needs of women entrepreneurs.

Women's Business Enterprise National Council

From the site: "The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country."

Discover Magazine

A magazine with stories covering all fields of science, technology, health and life.

EurekAlert!

A directory of science news organized by subject, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

IBM Research

"Our research activities span three disciplines: Computer science, electrical engineering and mathematics/business analytics. Each discipline contains associated research areas, or professional interest communities (PICs)."

MIT Library

Links to a wide variety of resources. (Some are only open to members.)

Nature Magazine

Extensive, in-depth content covering topics such as biotechnology, brain, cells & molecules, chemistry, earth, environment, health & medicine, physics, policy, space, and technology.

New Scientist

"New Scientist magazine was launched in 1956 'for all those men and women who are interested in scientific discovery, and in its industrial, commercial and social consequences'. The brand's mission is no different today - for its consumers, New Scientist reports, explores and interprets the results of human endeavour set in the context of society and culture."

New York Times Science Section

A section of the newspaper that deals with science and allows searches by topic.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Review

Highlights current R&D activities.

Science Business

Science|Business is an independent news service covering how ideas get from lab to market. Drawing on a network of leading journalists and scientific institutions, ScienceBusiness.net reports on the first wave of technology - licensing, spin-off investment, contract research and corporate R&D management.

Science Magazine

"The Science family of sites is published by the nonprofit AAAS, whose mission is to advance science and serve society worldwide."

Science News Online

The weekly newsmagazine of science.

Scientific American

Current events in science and technology.

AgBio Forum

A journal devoted to the economics and management of agrobiotechnology.

Bio-Link.org

Educating the biotechnology workforce.

BioDevicesBiz

Portal and B2B marketplace sponsored by CanBiotech.

BIOPHARMA: Biopharmaceutical Products in the U.S. Market

A web-based "reference/information resource concerning biopharmaceutical products."

Bioportfolio

A portal for the biotech industry.

Bioprocess Online

Buy and sell biotech products and services.

BioSpace

Web solutions for the life sciences. Includes a portal and search services.

Biotechnology Business Plans

Cayenne Consulting can help biotechnology and other life science companies create winning business plans, pitch decks, and financial forecasts.

Biotechnology Industry Organization

"BIO is the world's largest biotechnology organization, providing advocacy, business development and communications services for more than 1,200 members worldwide. Our mission is to be the champion of biotechnology and the advocate for our member organizations - both large and small."

Biotechnology Institute

A national nonprofit organization dedicated to education and research about the present and future impact of biotechnology.

CanBiotech

BioPharma Portal and B2B Marketplace.

Council for Biotechnology Information

An industry organization designed to improve understanding and acceptance of biotechnology by collecting balanced, credible and science-based information.

Department of Health and Human Services

"The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. "

Food and Drug Administration

"The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation."

Genetic Engineering News

The most widely read and largest circulated publication in the biotechnology field worldwide.

IEEE Spectrum Online- Biotechnology and Bioengineering

The IEEE Spectrum is one of the leading technology industry publications. Their biotech section has a wide variety of articles on news and current issues facing different sectors of the biotechnology and bioengineering fields.

National Center for Biotechnology Information

"Established in 1988 as a national resource for molecular biology information, NCBI creates public databases, conducts research in computational biology, develops software tools for analyzing genome data, and disseminates biomedical information - all for the better understanding of molecular processes affecting human health and disease."

National Institutes of Health

The arm of the US Department of Health and Human Services charged with the "pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability."

Nature Magazine

Extensive, in-depth content covering topics such as biotechnology, brain, cells & molecules, chemistry, earth, environment, health & medicine, physics, policy, space, and technology.

Organizations: Arizona Bioindustry Association

A statewide organization which promotes the growth of bioindustry in the areas of public policy, member services, education, business networking, and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Organizations: Bay Area Bioscience Center

A public-private partnership and forum organized to strengthen the competitiveness of the Bay Area as the premier global location for bioscience research, education, and industry.

Organizations: BIOCOM/San Diego

"BIOCOM is the largest regional life science association in the world, representing more than 550 member companies in Southern California."

Organizations: California Healthcare Institute

The advocate for California's biomedical industry.

Organizations: Massachusetts Biotechnology Council

The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council is a not-for-profit organization that provides services and support for the Massachusetts biotechnology industry.

Organizations: Southern California Biomedical Council

Promotes and supports biomedical and biotechnology research, development, and manufacturing in the Greater Los Angeles region for economic development and job creation.

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

"The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country's leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies, which are devoted to inventing medicines that allow patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives."

Science Magazine

"The Science family of sites is published by the nonprofit AAAS, whose mission is to advance science and serve society worldwide."

The Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research (BMIR)

"BMIR is home to world class scientists and trainees developing cutting-edge ways to acquire, represent, process, and manage knowledge and data related to health, health care, and the biomedical sciences."

Protein Data Bank

The single worldwide repository for the processing and distribution of 3-D biological macromolecular structure data.

American Heart Association

A large collection of resources related to cardiovascular conditions and treatments.

American Medical Association

Extensive resources related to health policy, advocacy, ethics, and related subjects for health care professionals.

AuntMinnie

Interventional radiology and other medical resources.

BodyMaps (Interactive)

BodyMaps is an interactive visual search tool that allows users to explore the human body in 3-D. With easy-to-use navigation, users can search multiple layers of the human anatomy, view systems and organs down to their smallest parts, and understand in detail how the human body works.

Circulation

One of the American Heart Association's journals.

Commerce Net

CommerceNet provides "an open network of businesses exchanging services with each other." In addition, the company "invests in many types of endeavors, often taking an equity stake in companies in return for the resources."

Department of Health and Human Services

"The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. "

Food and Drug Administration

"The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation."

National Institutes of Health

The arm of the US Department of Health and Human Services charged with the "pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability."

Nature Magazine

Extensive, in-depth content covering topics such as biotechnology, brain, cells & molecules, chemistry, earth, environment, health & medicine, physics, policy, space, and technology.

NIH Institutes, Centers & Offices

A directory of all NIH affiliated institutes, centers, and offices.

Qmed Medical Device Supplier Directory

Qmed, provides news, information, employment and recruiting services, as well as collaborative opportunities for people who design, manufacture, and market medical devices.

Science Magazine

"The Science family of sites is published by the nonprofit AAAS, whose mission is to advance science and serve society worldwide."

The Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research (BMIR)

"BMIR is home to world class scientists and trainees developing cutting-edge ways to acquire, represent, process, and manage knowledge and data related to health, health care, and the biomedical sciences."

World Health Organization

"WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system."

Gray's Anatomy

The classic reference on human anatomy.

Ethical Issues in Nanotechnology

A starting point for exploring ethical issues related to nanoscience and nanotechnology.

IBM Research

"Our research activities span three disciplines: Computer science, electrical engineering and mathematics/business analytics. Each discipline contains associated research areas, or professional interest communities (PICs)."

Nanotechnology Investment News

The website is part of the InvestorIdeas.com portfolio of investor sites that are specific to industry sectors. The site currently features a growing list of publicly traded companies in the nanotech sector, as well as industry and stock news, articles, links, research and resources for interested investors.

Nanotechnology Now

Nanotechnology Portal with basics, news, and general information. Covering the Nanospace and reporting on future disruptive sciences such as MEMS, Quantum Computing, Nanomedicine, & Molecular Biology.

Scientific American Nanotech Directory

Links to dozens of nanotech articles.

It's a small, small, small, small world

An explanation of the world of nanotechnology. "This is an extended web version of the article published in the Feb/Mar 1997 issue of MIT Technology Review. This version has greater technical detail and embedded links."

Nanotechnology Course

A free, 10-hour PowerPoint tutorial on nanotechnology. Topics covered include the current landscape, investment climate, basic research, manufacturing processes, materials, chemistry, electronics, energy, life sciences, and the future.

Insight Research Corporation

Market research and strategic analysis for the telecom industry.

Telecommunications Industry Association

"The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is the leading trade association representing the global information and communications technology (ICT) industries through standards development, government affairs, business opportunities, market intelligence, certification and world-wide environmental regulatory compliance."

CNET

Technology news, reviews, articles, downloads, and much more. CNET "provide(s) you with information, tools, and advice that help you decide what to buy and how to get the most out of your tech."

Commerce Net

CommerceNet provides "an open network of businesses exchanging services with each other." In addition, the company "invests in many types of endeavors, often taking an equity stake in companies in return for the resources."

IBM Research

"Our research activities span three disciplines: Computer science, electrical engineering and mathematics/business analytics. Each discipline contains associated research areas, or professional interest communities (PICs)."

Inform IT

Articles and tutorials for programmers and web designers. Free membership required to access most articles.

Joel on Software

A large collection of excellent essays on user interface design, growing and managing a top-notch development team, project management, and many other topics.

Killer Startups

"KillerStartups.com is a user driven internet startups community. Entrepreneurs, investors, and bloggers are staying informed on up-and-coming internet startups using our blog platform, where internet entrepreneurs submit their startup to see what others think about it."

Microsoft Research

"Microsoft Research advances the state of the art in many computer- science disciplines. We've categorized our research into the following research areas. Some of our groups and projects span multiple disciplines and so are categorized under the corresponding research areas."

Organizations: SV Forum

"SVForum fosters innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership within the Silicon Valley ecosystem of individuals and businesses participating in emerging technologies. "

Reuters Technology Business News

Reuters information on technology industry finance, news and issues.

Slashdot

News and issues "for nerds."

Web Design Business Legal Info.

A website that offers insight to the legal aspects of online businesses and what the best options for you might be. A quick reference guide for the do's and don't's of running a website. Full of resources for any other information on web design etc...

7 Facts You Need to Know When Creating a Mobile App

Here are some fundamentals to be aware of when diving into the mobile app market.

Some thoughts on mobile

VC Chris Dixon's thoughts on the mobile industry circa 2013, but still valid years later.

What your business needs to know about Facebook's EdgeRank

Social Media Optimization is the New SEO

Hardware Secrets

"Hardware Secrets, a US based website, was created in 1999 to produce and distribute technical PC hardware knowledge on the Internet. It is structured and written to the entry level PC enthusiasts. The primary editorial goal is to address the lack of refined technical information on the Internet."

IBM Computer Architecture Research

Links to publications on computer architecture.

IBM Research

"Our research activities span three disciplines: Computer science, electrical engineering and mathematics/business analytics. Each discipline contains associated research areas, or professional interest communities (PICs)."

Microsoft Research

"Microsoft Research advances the state of the art in many computer- science disciplines. We've categorized our research into the following research areas. Some of our groups and projects span multiple disciplines and so are categorized under the corresponding research areas."

Research and Development at Intel

"Taking giant leaps forward at the silicon level, Intel is developing small, fast, and energy-efficient technologies to help create the next revolutionary step in mobile, desktop, and data center computing - as well as technologies that power the engine of change for our entire industry."

Reuters Computer Hardware Industry News

Significant developments and news within the industry.

CNET Green Technology

"CNET shows you the exciting possibilities of how technology can enhance and enrich your life...with information, tools, and advice." This link takes you to Green Tech articles.

Environmental Protection Agency

GreenBiz.com

"GreenBiz.com, Business Voice of the Green Economy, is the leading source for news, opinion, best practices, and other resources on the greening of mainstream business... [and] provide[s] clear, concise, accurate, and balanced information, resources, and learning opportunities to help companies of all sizes and sectors integrate environmental responsibility into their operations."

Social Venture Circle

"Social Venture Circle is the world’s largest and most active early-stage impact investing network. We have been finding, fostering, and funding startup innovation for over 25 years. Our community of angel investors, venture capitalists, foundations, and family offices has invested over $200 million into more than 300 enterprises dedicated to improving the environment, education, health, and community."

Clean-Tech Entrepreneurs Eye Funding Shift

Start-Ups Bank on Transition in Loan-Guarantee Program From Big Solar and Wind Projects to Emerging Technologies

Parting the Chemical Curtain with GreenWERCS

Even Walmart is getting involved in the movement to become more environmentally responsible.

Simple Data Center Best Practices Can Cut Energy Use by 20 Percent

Best practices for data centers that save energy costs.

Citizen Engineer: A Handbook for Socially Responsible Engineering

"This new book does an outstanding job of filling in the knowledge and perspective that engineers must have to be good citizens in areas ranging from the environment, to intellectual property, to ensuring the health of the innovation ecosystem that has done so much for modern society."

8 Secret Places to Find the Best Stock Images

"Buying and searching for stock images can be a tedious and expensive task, especially if you stick to the standard sites. But there are other sites out there, and many of them are better than the status quo. Here are eight sites with great stock photos."

Before & After Magazine

Because our modern world has made designers of us all (ready or not), Before & After is dedicated to making graphic design understandable, useful and even fun for everyone.

Clipart.com

A great selection of low-cost royalty-free images and photographs.

CSS Zen Garden

Some exceptional examples of designs created using CSS.

EchoEcho.com

A wide selection of webmaster tools, online tools, tutorials, resources, articles, references, and user forums for web development.

Essential bookmarks for web-developers

A directory of essential websites, tutorials, references, and examples (related to CSS Navigation Menus, CSS & HTML-Techniques, Layouts, Accessibility, Usability, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), etc.). Over 500 manually selected resources, updated weekly, has an rss-feed.

Fotolia Stock Photography

Great selection of affordable, royalty-free stock photography.

FreeImages

Fantastic source of stock photos.

How to Make a Website

A three-step guide to getting a basic website up and running using a content management system like WordPress.

Inform IT

Articles and tutorials for programmers and web designers. Free membership required to access most articles.

InVision - Prototyping & Collaboration for Design Teams

Whether you need to quickly share a single mockup or demo a complex mobile app, InVision gives you the tools to show off your designs like never before.

iStockPhoto.com

Excellent source of affordable royalty-free images for web and print design.

Joel on Software

A large collection of excellent essays on user interface design, growing and managing a top-notch development team, project management, and many other topics.

Nielsen Norman Group

One of the godfathers of design and usability testing.

No More Tables: CSS Layout Techniques

Interesting visual tutorial of CSS layout techniques.

Pegaweb Web Design & Photoshop Tutorials

Free Adobe Photoshop, web design, and graphic design resources. Features articles, Photoshop tutorials, free website templates, and web buttons.

POP - Prototyping on Paper

Sketch your iPhone app on paper, take photos of the paper designs, and use POP to simulate transitions within the app. Great for getting feedback from potential users during the customer discovery phase.

Position is Everything

Some excellent articles about cross-browser compatibility when using CSS for positioning.

Pubcon

"Pubcon, the premier social media and optimization conference, is supported by the industry’s leading businesses, speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors involved in social media, Internet marketing, search engines, and digital advertising, and offers an in-depth look at the future of technology presented by the world’s top speakers in provocative cutting-edge sessions."

Smashing Magazine

"Smashing Magazine delivers useful and innovative information to Web designers and developers. Our aim is to inform our readers about the latest trends and techniques in Web development."

Designing For Start-Ups: How To Deliver The Message Across

Great insights into the agile, user-centered design methods necessary when designing startup websites.

Useful tools and resources for web developers

A helpful list organized by Design and Color, Typography, Wireframe, Coding and Development Tools, FTP Software, Grid Tools, Screenshot Tools, and File Storage or Backup.

HTML ISO Entity (Special Character) Reference

Listing of character codes for all special characters.

Keynotopia - Prototyping Tool

Keynotopia transforms your favorite presentation application into a rapid prototyping tool for creating mobile, web, and desktop app mockups.

Paletton Color Scheme Designer

Offers an excellent, flexible color scheme generator.

Sourceforge

Tons of open source code to use in your projects.

Dynamic Drive

Free DHTML scripts and components to enhance your web site.

HTML Goodies

Massive collection of tips, tricks, and articles for both beginner and experienced web developers.

Inform IT

Articles and tutorials for programmers and web designers. Free membership required to access most articles.

Joel on Software

A large collection of excellent essays on user interface design, growing and managing a top-notch development team, project management, and many other topics.

Microsoft Research

"Microsoft Research advances the state of the art in many computer- science disciplines. We've categorized our research into the following research areas. Some of our groups and projects span multiple disciplines and so are categorized under the corresponding research areas."

MySQL

Free, powerful database for Linux, Windows, and other platforms.

PHP

A free, powerful scripting language for creating interactive websites.

Pubcon

"Pubcon, the premier social media and optimization conference, is supported by the industry’s leading businesses, speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors involved in social media, Internet marketing, search engines, and digital advertising, and offers an in-depth look at the future of technology presented by the world’s top speakers in provocative cutting-edge sessions."

Slashdot

News and issues "for nerds."

Appery.io - Mobile App Builder

Appery.io is a rapid development, integration and deployment platform for delivering cross-device apps in the enterprise. It combines enterprise-grade integration middleware with a browser-based rapid development environment and mobile backend services to accelerate enterprise mobilization. Appery.io enables developers and business analysts to rapidly create and run apps that help businesses of all sizes increase revenues and improve productivity.

Online Tools for Startups

A remarkable list of software designed to help startups get off the ground quickly.

Useful tools and resources for web developers

A helpful list organized by Design and Color, Typography, Wireframe, Coding and Development Tools, FTP Software, Grid Tools, Screenshot Tools, and File Storage or Backup.

HTML ISO Entity (Special Character) Reference

Listing of character codes for all special characters.

phpMyAdmin

An excellent, easy to install, web-based remote database administration tool.

Sourceforge

Tons of open source code to use in your projects.

Bruce Clay, LLC

Tons of free tips and tools for search engine optimization.

ClickZ - Search Engine Marketing

Fundamentals and trends for SEO, PPC, real-time and more.

Search Engine Guide

Lots of resources related to search engines and SEO.

Search Engine Journal

"Search Engine Journal helps companies improve their interactive marketing, and helps marketers to succeed in a challenging career. Our focus is finding the return on investment. Launched in 2003, SEJ is unique in its community-based approach to search marketing. Virtually all of our content comes from the real experts: in-house and independent Internet marketers themselves."

Search Engine Watch

Articles, webcasts and statistics on SEO.

SEO Shortcuts Take You Nowhere Fast

Black Hat SEO doesn't do you any favors. Even though they give you nice short term gains, it can ruin your reputation in the long run.

SEOmoz Blog

Great and timely articles covering search engine marketing tactics and strategies.

SEOpros.org

A non-profit organization of SEO professionals. This site appears to have some very good tools for identifying and retaining a good SEO consultant.

SME Pals

Excellent articles and advice on SEO and other online marketing ideas.

6 Traits of A Lazy Link Builder

Building backlinks to your site the right way requires hard work: creating great content, and asking nicely. Here are some bad habits to avoid.

A/B testing 101: A quick-start guide to conversion rate optimization

"Using A/B testing software is a powerful way to increase your website’s conversion rate (that is, its ability to turn visitors into customers). Many of the web’s most powerful companies, including Amazon and Google, use this technique. Here’s our essential guide to increasing your conversion rate using A/B testing software. It contains 108 simple techniques for growing your business."

Duplicate Content in a Post-Panda World

Duplicate content on a website is very bad, and you may not even know it exists on your site until it's too late. Here's how to detect and fix this problem.

Efficient Link Building

Techniques to be an efficient link builder. Hopefully this will help you focus your link building efforts.

How To Survive Google's Unnatural Links Warnings & Avoid Over-optimisation

Early 2012 is turning out to be an interesting period for companies that rely heavily on their website to attract customers.

Link Building in 2019: How to Acquire & Earn Links That Boost Your SEO

Best practices and advice for link building.

Link Building Prediction for 2011

The world of SEO is changing. There are things you need to be aware of if you are going to run a successful internet marketing campaign.

SEO for Startups: 4 Keys to Success

"A startup that considers SEO during the process of developing a business plan is more likely to achieve results by more cohesively building the necessary components for SEO success into the foundations of the business. So how can startups achieve SEO success from the start?"

Shortest Tutorial Ever on SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

If you only read one thing about SEO, this should probably be it.

Silly Rabbit, Tricks are for Black Hat SEOs

Want to know why it pays to do things the right way?

Ten Considerations when Hiring a Search Engine Optimization Company

Article addresses the evolution of search engine optimization.

The Noob Guide to Online Marketing (With Giant INFOGRAPHIC)

This is a 6-Month action plan for going from nothing to having a comprehensive digital marketing operation. It walks you through just about everything you need, step by step. It's an awesome resource.

What your business needs to know about Facebook's EdgeRank

Social Media Optimization is the New SEO

Marketing Communications Profitability Calculators

Free, Java-based calculators for estimating the profitability of clicks- and impression-based Web advertising and direct mail campaigns, as well as the lifetime value of customers.

Search Engine Ranking & Keyword Tracker

Free tool for tracking the performance of various keywords on multiple search engines. Requires setting up a free account.

Search Engine Relationship Chart

Interactive Flash-based chart showing which search engines and directories power which others. Click on any engine to see details about it.

Website Grader

Learn how well you are doing across several critical areas of your website: performance, mobile, SEO, and security.

Britannica Online Encyclopedia

The Encyclopedia Britannica is a timeless resource for all educated persons.

Roget's International Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases

Peter Roget's classic structure coupled with Mawson's modernization becomes even more user-friendly on Bartleby.com with 85,000 hyperlinked cross-references... Additionally, over 2,900 proverbs and quotations from classic and modern authors illustrate the 1,000-plus entries."

The CIA World Factbook

"The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map."

Wikipedia

If you can't find it on Wikipedia or on Google, it probably doesn't exist.

BizEurope.com

A directory of businesses serving customers throughout Europe.

AppSumo

AppSumo is a "daily deal" style service focusing on apps and content for entrepreneurs.

DSL Reports

Find high speed access in your area. Website also has other tools and reviews of Internet providers.

Expresscopy.com

Low cost brochures, business cards, and more. Same day printing, with free overnight delivery.

FedEx Office

(Formerly known as Kinko's.) Submit print jobs and more online.

FreeConference.com

Free conference calling, with local conference numbers across the country.

Google Maps

Hands-down, the best online mapping tool out there. Great for finding businesses, landmarks, driving/biking/walking/public transit directions, and much more.

Netcraft

Find out what operating system any web server is running.

OnlyMyEmail.com - Spam Solution

This is probably the single best anti-spam solution we have come across. If you get your mail via a POP or IMAP server, simply configure OnlyMyEmail to retrieve your e-mail from the server, and configure your Outlook (or other e-mail client) to retrieve e-mail from OnlyMyEmail. PC Magazine and others have found that this server minimizes false negatives and false positives. It costs $3 per month after a free 10 day trial.

Quora

"A continually improving collection of questions and answers created, edited, and organized by everyone who uses it." Pretty much any question you might have has probably been answered by an expert; if it hasn't, you can be the first to ask.

udemy.com

Udemy offers online courses on software development, Microsoft Office tools, sales and marketing, and entrepreneurship, as well as on various general interest topics.

White Pages

Business and residential phone listings.

Whois Lookup

Find domain owners.

Yahoo Maps

Generally faster than Mapquest, and more accurate in some neighborhoods.

Canva

Canva is a cloud-based design tool that allows non-designers to create stunning designs. The site includes a lot of educational materials to get you up to speed quickly.

Entrepreneur Scan

E-scan offers the potential entrepreneur, businessperson, self-employed or franchise owner a chance to see a detailed report about their most important asset: themselves. Results are compared with other successful businesses to indicate those business skills that need improvement.

HighTail

Free service for file sharing and collaboration.

Mover.io

Transfer files among various cloud data providers (Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, SkyDrive, etc.). Automate file transfers. Back up your websites and databases. Move stuff around.

Zoom.us Video Conferencing

Zoom.us is a free high-def video calling service for up to 15 simultaneous users that works over both Internet and cellular networks (including 3G). It also offers screen sharing.

Chicago Manual of Style FAQs

An essential resource for writers and anybody else who needs to communicate clearly. Entrepreneurs - this means you.

English Usage, Style & Composition

Search across multiple resources at once.

Grammar, Usage, and Style Resources

Articles on common grammatical issues.

Professional Writing Handouts and Resources

This collection of articles covers many important aspects of business, technical, and professional writing.

Roget's International Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases

Peter Roget's classic structure coupled with Mawson's modernization becomes even more user-friendly on Bartleby.com with 85,000 hyperlinked cross-references... Additionally, over 2,900 proverbs and quotations from classic and modern authors illustrate the 1,000-plus entries."

The Punctuation Guide

This is a great, well-organized, easily digested guide to proper punctuation.

Writing That Works

"Writing That Works is the authoritative bimonthly how-to newsletter exclusively on practical business writing, editing and communications."

Common Errors in English

There is no excuse for sloppy writing. Are you guilty of any of these common errors?

Better Business Bureau

Know who you're doing business with.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

"The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. "

Department of Health and Human Services

"The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. "

Environmental Protection Agency

Food and Drug Administration

"The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation."

National Association of Development Companies (NADCO)

Companies certified by the SBA to provide funding to small businesses under the SBA 504 loan program.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

"Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life."

National Institutes of Health

The arm of the US Department of Health and Human Services charged with the "pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability."

SBA Library for Starting & Managing Your Business

Links to many useful business lists and directories.

SEC

A guide to help you understand how to raise capital and comply with federal securities laws.

Service Corps Of Retired Executives (SCORE)

Nonprofit association dedicated to encouraging the formation, growth, and success of small business nationwide through counseling and mentoring programs.

Small Business Administration

All kinds of resources for startups and small businesses.

US Commercial Service

Assistance to help your business export goods and services to markets worldwide.

US Patent and Trademark Office

Search for granted U.S. patents and federal trademarks; learn about and apply for intellectual property protection.

USA.gov Statistics & Data

Massive directory of data and statistics on government, business, economics, defense, environment, energy, health, jobs, and more.

World Health Organization

"WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system."

World Intellectual Property Organization

Comprehensive information on international intellectual property protection.

Coworking: AZ TechCelerator (West Valley)

"AZ TechCelerator, a four-building campus, in Surprise, Arizona, totaling nearly 60,000 square feet is designed to accommodate your needs and provide you with the affordable space, tools and resources to grow your business."

Coworking: AZ Disruptors

AZ Disruptors is a software incubator in Scottsdale, AZ, that appears to be based on the Y Combinator model.

Coworking: CO+HOOTS

CO+HOOTS is a co-working space for creative types in central Phoenix.

Coworking: Gangplank (Chandler)

"Gangplank offers co-working space free of charge to encourage people to value working collaboratively with others of various disciplines. One of the goals of the collaborative is help people increase their circe of influence and knowledge. While working collaboratively we hope to stimulate the chance for serendipidity to fall favorably on those participating. In addition to co-working space Gangplank offers a weekly hacknight that acts as an ability to connect, share ideas and launch new ventures in the community."

Coworking: LaunchSpot

"LaunchSpot is a new era of co-working space and tech incubator in a town that needs it. With a great funnel of innovation, amazing mentors, successful entrepreneurial founders and strong capital funding, look for LaunchSpot to do great things in the near future."

Coworking: Union Workspace

"You spend half your awake hours in an office. Why not at least make it a cool one? Union WorkSpace is a collaborative office concept set in an architecturally defined environment. We offer our members permanent work space amongst a community of unique professionals."

Events: ASU Innovation Challenge

The innovation challenge offers students and young entrepreneurs a chance to fund their idea. See other opportunities that ASU offers.

Events: Invest Southwest Capital Conference

"For over 15 years, Invest Southwest (including its predecessors, AVCC then AAIC) has been the best way for investors to connect with the Southwest's most promising ventures. The forum takes place on February 22, 2007 at the Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale at Troon, where ten up-and-coming companies present their plans and financing opportunities to angels and venture capitalists. Attendance is limited to accredited investors, sponsors and presenting companies"

Events: Phoenix Networking

Phoenix area networking events.

Events: Women Entrepreneurs Small Business Boot Camp

"If you want to grow your business, expand your expertise, explore new opportunities, build a band of resources and mingle with your peers sign up today. Don't miss this exciting day of education and motivation that will energize, synergize and maximize your success."

Events: Wordcamp Phoenix

WordPress-related events around Arizona.

Incubators: Arizona Center for Innovation

The Arizona Center for Innovation is a new high tech incubator promoting the development of high technology companies in Southern Arizona through a disciplined program of business development.

Incubators: AZ TechCelerator

AZ TechCelerator is a business incubator in the Northwest Valley.

Incubators: Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation

CEI is a community-based facility at GateWay Community College. CEI provides business incubation programs and services to both resident clients and non-resident "affiliate" clients and makes available many of its business development and entrepreneurship programs to the community.

Incubators: Furnace

This is a new program launching in late 2012 modeled after Tech Stars and Y Combinator.

Incubators: Moonshot

"Moonshot at NACET solicits pitches from those ambitious, disruptive innovators whose plans hold commercial possibilities. If accepted, these entrepreneurs and their ideas are put through a rigorous, four-track process that will develop a minimum viable product or an investment-ready business by the program’s end. Additionally, Moonshot offers seminars to teach innovators how to sell their ideas to investors; a basic business course for would-be entrepreneurs; and panel discussions to inspire future Moonshots and share best practices among the ones already established in the firmament."

Incubators: Seed Spot

"SEED SPOT is an incubator focused on supporting Arizona's most innovative social entrepreneurs; those creating high impact ventures that improve the lives of people and communities on a local, national, or global scale. Each year, SEED SPOT runs two 4-month programs - one in the Fall and one in the Spring. Our two programs include a Full-Time Program and an Evening Program. Eligibility requirements mandate that all ventures demonstrate social impact, prove customer validation, showcase a strong revenue model, and are generating less than $250,000 in annual revenue. Additionally, all entrepreneurs must reside in the state of Arizona."

Investors: Arizona Technology Investors

Arizona Technology Investors (formerly ATIF) is an active community of accredited investors who invest in early-stage technology companies based in Arizona. ATI was founded in 2007 and has quickly become an important resource for new technology ventures that are the future of our local economy.

Investors: Arizona Venture Capital and Angel Fund Directory

Directory of all known venture funds, angel investor groups, major corporate investors, SBICs, and other related entities based in Arizona. Also includes a few non-Arizona funds that have invested in Arizona companies.

Investors: Desert Angels

Tucson based group of angel investors seeking to invest in companies in the Southwest.

Organizations: Arizona Bioindustry Association

A statewide organization which promotes the growth of bioindustry in the areas of public policy, member services, education, business networking, and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Organizations: Arizona Small Business Association

Networking, seminars, healthcare, and other benefits for small businesses.

Organizations: Arizona Technology Council

Dedicated to advancing the technology industry in Arizona.

Organizations: Inventor's Association of Arizona

The Inventors Association of Arizona (IAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individual inventors get their product to market.

Organizations: Phoenix Innovation Foundation

"We are excited to launch the Phoenix Innovation Foundation, a non-profit corporation designed to support community events in the arts, technology, and social communities. Limited to non-profit activities."

Organizations: SCORE of Greater Phoenix

The SCORE Association is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration. SCORE Phoenix is dedicated to aiding in the formation, growth, and success of small business in Arizona and nationwide. SCORE's main function is to provide confidential, one-on-one business counseling to meet the needs of business startup, expansion or problem solving assistance. There is generally no cost to the entrepreneur for these services.

Organizations: SkySong

"SkySong is an innovation center designed to help companies grow by providing business services and programs offered or facilitated by Arizona State University. These services include access to new technologies, capital networks, business education and a skilled workforce that are delivered through the Venture Catalyst at ASU, which is headquartered at SkySong.

Organizations: TiE Arizona

A non-profit global network of entrepreneurs and professionals, established to foster entrepreneurship and nurture entrepreneurs in Arizona.

Resources: Arizona Corporation Commission

Resources for getting your business established in Arizona.

Resources: Arizona Corporation Commission's eCorp System

Look up corporate information about Arizona companies.

Resources: Arizona State Department of Commerce

This Arizona's "online resource center - a website where you can find information on business licensing, statewide resources, certification, procurement opportunities, and much more... for every stage of your business development."

Resources: Arizona State Department of Commerce - Small Business Services

Small Business Services (SBS) offers support, opportunities, and advocacy through several key functions: - Guides you through what you need to know to start, expand, or relocate a business in Arizona including licensing information and statewide resources. - Collaborates with state agencies and numerous business organizations to promote entrepreneurship among minority-, woman-owned, small and disadvantaged business enterprises. - Advocates on small business issues that are important throughout Arizona.

Resources: Arizona state incentives, programs, and grants

Directory of state, federal, and local programs available to entrepreneurs and investors in Arizona.

Resources: AZ Innovation Challenge

The AZ Innovation Challenge is a bi-annual business plan competition that awards qualified, innovative startups and early stage companies up to $250,000 in grant funding to grow their business, ultimately advancing innovation and technology commercialization opportunities in Arizona. It is administered by the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), the state's economic development agency tasked with improving Arizona's overall economy through the creation of quality jobs. The ACA focuses on the attraction of valuable business to Arizona, the expansion of existing business, and the creation of new business. Target industries include aerospace and defense, semiconductors, bioscience, optics, and renewable energy.

Resources: City of Chandler Resources

Resource guide for the City of Chandler. Whether you are starting a business or building a home, this will guide you through it.

Resources: City of Flagstaff Business Resources

The Chamber of Commerce for Flagstaff will help you get started in Flagstaff if you are starting a business

Resources: City of Gilbert Resources

If you need information for the city of Gilbert, this resource may have what you are looking for.

Resources: City of Phoenix Small Business Development Program

The City of Phoenix has assembled a variety of resources to help local entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.

Resources: City of Scottsdale Business Resources

This will help you get started in the City Of Scottsdale if you are starting a business.

Resources: City of Tucson Business Resources

Find out everything you need to know about starting a business in Tucson on this page.

Resources: Doing Business in Arizona, A Legal Guide

Publications available from the law firm of Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P.

Resources: Gregslist of Arizona Software Companies

Directory of software companies in Arizona.

Resources: Moonshot

"Moonshot at NACET solicits pitches from those ambitious, disruptive innovators whose plans hold commercial possibilities. If accepted, these entrepreneurs and their ideas are put through a rigorous, four-track process that will develop a minimum viable product or an investment-ready business by the program’s end. Additionally, Moonshot offers seminars to teach innovators how to sell their ideas to investors; a basic business course for would-be entrepreneurs; and panel discussions to inspire future Moonshots and share best practices among the ones already established in the firmament."

Resources: Phoenix StartupDigest

StartupDigest is a free curated weekly email of the best startup events in Phoenix.

Article: Angel tax credit finally getting wings

Angel investors in Arizona can now receive a partial tax credit for investing in high-tech early stage companies.

Article: Export Assistance Weblog

"Have you wondered where and how people are making a full-time income from home? One of the ways they do it is by starting their own import/export business. While this may seem to be difficult task, it is actually very easy to do - thanks to the awesome power of the internet."

Incubators: BioInspire - Medical Device Incubator

Bioscience incubator jointly run by the city of Peoria, BioAccel, an Phoenix-based non-profit, and a commercial real estate company.

Incubators: Interactive Map of Phoenix Area Entrepreneurial & Innovation Resources

Discovery Triangle has created a great map of co-working spaces, incubators, and accelerators in the area.

Events: BASES Challenge

The BASES Challenge is Stanfordâ??s premiere entrepreneurial event that looks to create, inspire and fund innovative Stanford startups through business plan competitions â?? E-Challenge and Social E-Challenge â?? and product demos â?? Product Showcase.

Events: SF New Tech

"SF New Tech is the the Bay Area's largest and longest running monthly technology event and networking mixer for people who can't get enough of technology. SF New Tech evolved from its first "meetup" of eight geeks talking about tech over cold pints at the Mars Bar back in April 2006, to a cornerstone of the Bay Area technology community; now serving over 5,000 tech industry movers and shakers, VCs, journalists, hackers, developers, recruiters who are signed up to hear about our super-fun standing-room-only events."

Investors: Band of Angels

Angel investor group in the Silicon Valley region. Group concentrates on high-tech companies.

Organizations: Bay Area Bioscience Center

A public-private partnership and forum organized to strengthen the competitiveness of the Bay Area as the premier global location for bioscience research, education, and industry.

Organizations: California Healthcare Institute

The advocate for California's biomedical industry.

Organizations: Churchill Club

Networking and events for Bay Area entrepreneurs and technology visionaries.

Organizations: Hackers and Founders

Hackers in the Bay Area interested in founding startups. We get together every two or three weeks and talk about shiny new technologies that get us excited and/or companies that we're working on. It's very low key and casual.

Organizations: Silicon Valley SCORE

Seminars and free business consulting for small businesses and start-ups

Organizations: Startup California

The Startup California Partnership provides resources and connections to help young companies grow.

Organizations: SV Forum

"SVForum fosters innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership within the Silicon Valley ecosystem of individuals and businesses participating in emerging technologies. "

Publication: San Francisco Chronicle

Northern California's largest newspaper.

Publication: San Jose Mercury News

Local news from Silicon Valley.

Publication: SiliconValley.com

News and research targeted for the Silicon Valley area.

Resources: Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center

"The Silicon Valley SBDC offers numerous services to small business. These services include no-charge expert consulting, low-cost training, information resources, events, and seminars."

Article: socalTECH.com

"socalTECH provides breaking news coverage of Southern California tech companies, including venture funding, business news, and interviews with local technology entrepreneurs and industry luminaries."

Investors: Tech Coast Angels

"Tech Coast Angels is California's largest angel investor network, with over 300 members from virtually every background and industry."

Organizations: Athena San Diego

"Athena San Diego promotes professional growth for women executives and rising managers in science and technology. Sectors served include life sciences, healthcare, defense, engineering, and related industries, as well as the service providers who support these sectors."

Organizations: BIOCOM/San Diego

"BIOCOM is the largest regional life science association in the world, representing more than 550 member companies in Southern California."

Organizations: California Healthcare Institute

The advocate for California's biomedical industry.

Organizations: CleanTECH San Diego

CleanTECH San Diego promotes sustainable best practices in the San Diego region and promotes the region's high concentration of cleantech activities. By collaborating with the multitude of stakeholders, we leverage these assets and position ourselves effectively as a world leader in the low carbon economy.

Organizations: Corporate Directors Forum

Corporate Directors Forum helps directs be better at their jobs through networking and peer to peer education.

Organizations: San Diego MIT Enterprise Forum

"The Forum hosts ten programs annually: seven case studies, two special topic programs, and a Wine Tasting Social, which has become one of San Diego's premier technology events."

Organizations: San Diego Venture Group

"A non-profit business organization whose mission is to provide an informal atmosphere that fosters ideas on how to form, fund and build new ventures."

Organizations: Startup California

The Startup California Partnership provides resources and connections to help young companies grow.

Organizations: UCSD Connect

Fostering entrepreneurship in the San Diego region by catalyzing, accelerating, and supporting the growth of the most promising technology and life science businesses.

Resources: Xconomy San Diego

"Xconomy is dedicated to providing business and technology leaders with timely, insightful, close-to-the-scene information about the local personalities, companies, and technological trends that best exemplify today's high-tech economy." This site focuses on San Diego.

Blog: Boston VC Blog

VC perspectives from a former entrepreneur.

Coworking: Cambridge Co-working Center

C3 is a free-flowing environment designed to meet the needs of a wide range of innovators and inventors. C3 provides a variety of shared working areas including large, shared tables, single desks, huddle rooms, whiteboard walls, printing/faxing/scanning stations, personal storage, and lots of natural light.

Coworking: Workbar

"Workbar is a shared, coworking office space in the heart of downtown Boston. Our network of workspaces and people will enrich your professional life with a diverse community of helping hands. A professionally managed space providing exceptional office amenities, built with the connections you need to inspire, provoke, and ignite your productivity and passion."

Events: Boston Startup Weekend

"Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets - primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people - to build applications and develop a commercial case around them."

Events: Harvard Innovation Lab

The Harvard Innovation Lab is a new and innovative initiative fostering team-based and entrepreneurial activities and deepening interactions among Harvard students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and members of the Allston and Greater Boston community.

Events: MassChallenge Accelerator

MassChallenge is the largest-ever startup accelerator and competition, and the first to support high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached. Benefits for startups include: * 3 month accelerator program. World-class mentorship and training, free office space, access to funding, media and more. * $1M in Cash Awards. $4M+ in-kind support. * Open to all. Any startup can enter, from anywhere, in any industry. * No equity taken. No restrictions applied.

Events: Networking In Philadelphia

A detailed look into the matter of networking in Philadelphia.

Events: Trending Entrepreneur Meetups near Boston, MA

Boston has many entrepreneur-related Meet-ups; there is some kind of an event somewhere around Boston almost every evening.

Events: Venture Cafe: Cambridge Innovation Center

A gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, girl and boy geniuses, start-ups on the rise, and other cool stuff. Not to be missed. Thursdays from 3-8 PM at One Broadway, 4th Floor, Cambridge, MA.

Investors: Angel Investor Forum

Connecticut-based group of angel investors.

Investors: Beacon Angels

"Beacon Angels is a Boston-based angel group that makes investments in the $100,000 to $300,000 range in small, fast-growing companies."

Investors: Boston Harbor Angels

Boston Harbor Angels invests in companies in medical devices, IT, consumer products, business products, specialty materials, Internet, aviation, etc. Their focus is on early stage companies usually looking to raise $250K to $1.5M.

Investors: Cherrystone Angel Group

"Cherrystone Angel Investor Group, based in Providence, Rhode Island, offers early stage investment funds to companies in Rhode Island (RI) and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts that need capital for growth."

Investors: Converge Venture Partners

Venture fund focusing on software, internet, digital media, SAAS, cloud, mobile and other cutting-edge information technology ventures in Boston, New England, and New York City. Our investment interest is in Seed rounds to early Series A.

Investors: eCoast Angels

"The group's focus is on early-stage companies involved with advanced technology, e-commerce, healthcare, and industrial products and services, principally located in the New Hampshire coastal region. "

Investors: Hub Angels Investment Group

Boston based angel investment group.

Investors: Launchpad Venture Group

Boston based angel investor group with over 150 active members. Typical investments in the $100,000 to $500,000 range. The main focus is on science and technology-driven startups.

Investors: New England Venture Capital Association Member Directory

Directory of venture capital firms in New England.

Investors: Walnut Venture Associates

"Walnut Venture Associates is a group of experienced entrepreneurs and investors seeking investment opportunities in seed and early-stage companies in the New England area. We are focused on information technology companies with significant technology addressing rapidly growing markets."

Organizations: Boston Entrepreneur's Network

The Boston Entrepreneurs' Network provides the New England Inventive and Entrepreneurial Community with the information necessary to transform an abstract technology-based idea from concept into a product or service. The E-Net is a special interest group of the Boston Section IEEE.

Organizations: Mass High Technology Council

The Massachusetts High Technology Council is composed of CEOs from the state's top technology employers who work to make Massachusetts a more competitive place for technology growth. The nonpartisan Council has a 33-year record of working with state and federal leaders in a decisive and effective manner on issues of education, taxation, economic development, energy, defense technology and more. Council members run leading global companies from all sectors of the state's diverse innovation economy.

Organizations: Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives

"Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI) is a private, non-profit economic development organization dedicated to job creation throughout Massachusetts by promoting the growth of start-up biomedical companies. MBI offers support to creative entrepreneurs with sound scientific and business plans. Through its MBI Incubator facilities located in Worcester, MBI lowers barriers to success for emerging companies by providing cost-effective, high quality laboratory space and support services. MBI is committed to collaborating with the academic and business communities, and local and state governments, to promote Massachusetts as an international leader in the biomedical industry."

Organizations: Massachusetts Biotechnology Council

The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council is a not-for-profit organization that provides services and support for the Massachusetts biotechnology industry.

Organizations: MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge

"The MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge is a volunteer, non-profit organization based at MIT whose mission is to promote and strengthen the process of starting and growing innovative and technology-oriented companies by providing services and programs that educate, inform, and support the entrepreneurial community."

Organizations: MIT Entrepreneurship Center

"The MIT Entrepreneurship Center team provides content, context, and contacts that enable entrepreneurs to design and launch successful new ventures based on innovative technologies. We help MIT students, alumni, and colleagues access an array of educational programs, networking opportunities, technologies, and resources, both at MIT and around the world. Members of the MIT E-Center community form a global network to actively advise and assist each other for mutual benefit, enabling them to set and meet their highest expectations."

Organizations: Revolve Nation's Boston Entrepreneur Group

The Revolve Nation's Boston Entrepreneurs Network is the largest community of entrepreneurs and business owners in the city of Boston, offering networking, discussion groups, seminars, business plan hot-seats, and more! Meets alternate Wednesdays year round.

Organizations: TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Boston - "The Network for Entrepreneurs"

TiE-Boston is a not-for-profit Boston organization with a mission to foster and support entrepreneurship, either in a start-up context or within a larger company. They represent a diverse set of industries, including software and information technologies, biotech, financial services and other services.

Organizations: TiE Angels

An angel investment group comprised of charter members of TiE Boston. TiE Angels' mission is to provide entrepreneurs access to seed capital and ongoing strategic and operational support. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to visit TiE Angels website to submit their business plans for investment consideration.

Resources: Arthur M.Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College

"The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship is a hub for entrepreneurial activity at Babson. It is the Center's mission to lead the global advancement of entrepreneurship education and practice through the development of teaching, research, and outreach initiatives that inspire entrepreneurial thought and action in all organizations and society."

Resources: Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurial news, research, and resources at Harvard Business School.

Resources: BostInno

All things innovation in the Boston area. Find out the latest and greatest in the startup scene.

Resources: Boston Business Journal

Boston area business news.

Resources: Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School

Great articles, events, and research for entrepreneurs.

Resources: Greenhorn Connect

Boston area startup resources. Local events and more.

Resources: Harvard Startups

Harvard-Startups is a moderated listserve for all individuals who are interested in early-stage entrepreneurship topics. The list is offered and administered by Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs, a 501(c)(3) HAA Shared Interest Group dedicated to the advancement of entrepreneurship and the ideals of leadership and learning. You can find HAE at: www.harvardalumnientrepreneurs.org/

Resources: Small Business Administration Massachusetts

Offers access to capital, entrepreneurial development, government contracting, and other information. Provides "a strong voice for small business amid macro-economic changes, globalization of markets, explosion in technology and legislative and regulatory developments."

Resources: Venture Fizz

"VentureFizz....the one stop destination website where you can find ALL that is BUZZING within Boston's technology sector under one roof! If you are interested in what's happening in Boston's technology sector (software, internet, mobile, hardware, cloud computing, security, etc), then VentureFizz was made for you!"

Resources: Xconomy Boston

"Xconomy is dedicated to providing business and technology leaders with timely, insightful, close-to-the-scene information about the local personalities, companies, and technological trends that best exemplify today's high-tech economy." This site focuses on the Boston area.

Coworking: General Assembly

"General Assembly is an urban campus for entrepreneurs seeking to transform industry and culture through technology and design. We provide programming, space, and support services to foster collaborative practices and learning opportunities."

Coworking: Green Spaces

"Our vision is to forward the sustainability globally through widespread local hubs that cultivate social entrepreneurs, startups, and freelancers alike. We have coworking spaces in New York and Colorado. Read our brochure below to learn about our past, present and future."

Events: hackNY

"hackNY aims to federate the next generation of hackers for the New York innovation community."

Events: iBreakfast

"The monthly iBreakfast Club meeting showcases the Digital Media's movers and shakers in the context of the entire technology marketplace. That means the Breakfast Club will feature the people behind breaking news and the technologies about to make a difference."

Events: New York City Entrepreneurs Meetup

"A social group where New York's budding entrepreneurs can meet, share ideas, and enjoy the adventure of starting a business."

Events: NY Tech Meetup

"Founded in 2004 by meetup.com founder Scott Heiferman and co-founded by Dawn Barber, the NY Tech Meetup has over 24,000 members, representing professionals from all parts of the New York technology community. NYTM centers around its monthly events, where members gather to watch emerging companies demo new ideas, hear leading-edge thinking on technology topics, and build their networks to develop their businesses."

Events: NYC Startup Weekend

"Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets - primarily developers, UX/UI designers and business people - to build applications and develop a commercial case around them."

Incubators: Long Island High Technology Incubator

"The Long Island High Technology Incubator is a non-profit business incubator that supports early-stage, high-tech companies to enhance their opportunity for development and growth. LIHTI is affiliated with Stony Brook Universiity and the Medical Center. In its 16 years of operation, the incubator has housed over 70 companies, which have had a high survival rate upon graduating from the program."

Investors: Bessemer Venture Partners

As the oldest venture capital practice in the United States, Bessemer Venture Partners manages more than a billion dollars of venture funds, carrying on a tradition of hands-on, active venture investing that started in 1911. More than 100 Bessemer companies have gone public, including American Superconductor, Ciena, Gartner Group, Ingersoll Rand, International Paper, Maxim, Parametric, Perseptive Biosystems, Staples, VeriSign and W.R. Grace. BVP is located in Silicon Valley, New York, Boston, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Bangalore.

Investors: Compound

Compound is a NYC based VC firm that invests in early stage technology companies disrupting or enabling traditional industries.

Investors: ENYA - Eastern New York Angels

ENYA is an angel investor network looking for opportunities in technology-based companies within 150 miles of Albany, NY. They generally prefer companies seeking $1 million or less.

Investors: FirstMark Capital

Investing in visionaries in innovative and technological markets.

Investors: Golden Seeds

"Golden Seeds is an investment firm dedicated to delivering above market returns through the empowerment of women entrepreneurs and the people who invest in them. Its angel network consisting of 250 men and women is the fourth largest in the US and was the third most active in terms of deals done in 2011."

Investors: Greycroft Partners

A VC firm focusing on digital media companies founded in 2006. Closed a $130m second round in 2010, and invests $500K to $5M at inception, up to double that amount at later stages.

Investors: New York Angels

This is a community of angel investors who will provide mentorship to entrepreneurs and startup looking for their start. Work with investors who are experts in your field.

Investors: NYC Seed

"NYC Seed funds seed-stage technology entrepreneurs in New York City. We help driven, small teams move from an idea to a product." They are in partnership with NYC SeedStart

Investors: Union Square Ventures

Venture capital firm run by Fred Wilson, author of the blog AVC.

Organizations: Columbia Venture Community

"Columbia Venture Community (CVC) is a private community for Columbia students, alumni and employees interested in all aspects entrepreneurship. The group welcomes members from any school, sector or industry function (e.g., entrepreneur, VC, lawyer, etc.). CVC seeks to foster entrepreneurship by facilitating communication, providing access to resources and creating community. Through CVC members meet every few weeks to participate in an array of events. Event formats include idea incubation, demo events, educational panel and speaker events and happy hours. Individuals must possess a Columbia email address to join."

Organizations: InSITE

"To strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem in New York City by bringing together a select group of graduate students (InSITE Fellows), highly promising New York area based start-ups, and leading NYC-based venture capitalists and enabling them to contribute to this ecosystem through a unique mentorship and development programs."

Organizations: New York Business Development Corporation

The NYBDC mission is to promote economic activity within New York state by providing innovative loans to small and medium-size businesses; to assist banks in making such loans; and, particularly, to assist minority and women-owned businesses by offering credit opportunities not otherwise available to them.

Organizations: New York Venture Capital Association

"The NYVCA community is made up of the leading Venture Capital and Private Equity professionals in the New York area and membership is by invitation only. NYVCA is focused on bringing together the most successful partners for firm creation and growth in the next decade."

Organizations: New York Venture Community on LinkedIn

"The New York Venture Community is the group for entrepreneurs, startup teams, venture capitalists and venture service providers in the New York Metro region. Joining this group will enable you to find other like minded venture people in the region and it will also enable them to find you."

Organizations: NYCEDC

NYCEDC drives economic development by creating jobs, driving growth, and improving the quality of life in and around the city by combining efforts from the public and private sectors.

Organizations: NYU Venture Community on LinkedIn

NYU Venture Community (NYUVC) is a private community for NYU students, alumni and employees interested in all aspects of entrepreneurship. The group welcomes members from any NYU school and any sector or industry function (e.g., entrepreneur, VC, lawyer, etc.). NYUVC seeks to foster entrepreneurship by facilitating communication, providing access to resources and creating community. Individuals must have attended or worked for NYU to join.

Resources: Gaebler Ventures- Help for New York Entrepreneurs

This website provides a large list of websites, articles, and resources that entrepreneurs operating in or around New York can choose from. Provided is a list of venture capital firms, angel investors, and other resouces in the New York area. The site also provides links to pages providing vital information about small business resources, tax and legal information, and more.

Article: New York Isn't Silicon Valley

New York isn't Silicon Valley and that's what New York entrepreneurs like.

Article: socalTECH.com

"socalTECH provides breaking news coverage of Southern California tech companies, including venture funding, business news, and interviews with local technology entrepreneurs and industry luminaries."

Coworking: Cross Campus

An awesome co-working space in Santa Monica.

Events: Los Angeles Startup Weekend

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups.

Events: StartupDigest Los Angeles Event Calendar

Calendar of all of the awesome entrepreneur and startup events in Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura County, and Santa Barbara county.

Incubators: Business Technology Center of Los Angeles County

"The Business Technology Center of Los Angeles County (BTC) is dedicated to the development of high technology firms through business management assistance, technical assistance, and the coordination of available financial resources. The BTC is presently focused on companies transferring and commercializing technologies from Federal Laboratories and Universities."

Incubators: LA Cleantech Incubator

"Los Angeles has launched its new cleantech business incubator to accelerate development of clean tech start-ups by offering flexible office space, CEO coaching and mentoring, and access to a growing network of experts and capital."

Incubators: MuckerLab

MuckerLab is a 12-week program that includes up to $21-$150k in funding, office space, access to world-class mentors, and hands-on product, marketing, legal and fundraising support.

Investors: Keiretsu Forum-- LA Chapter

Los Angeles chapter of world's largest investor group.

Investors: Pasadena Angels

Angel investor group in Pasadena.

Investors: Tech Coast Angels

"Tech Coast Angels is California's largest angel investor network, with over 300 members from virtually every background and industry."

Organizations: Amplify LA

Amplify is a hands-on startup accelerator and multi-faceted entrepreneurial campus in Los Angeles.

Organizations: EO Los Angeles

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 12,000+ influential business owners with 173 chapters in 54 countries. Founded in 1987, EO is the catalyst that enables leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, leading to greater success in business and beyond.

Organizations: General Assembly Los Angeles

Silicon Beach ranks as one of the world’s leading startup hubs. Explore this rich environment through workshops for entrepreneurs in Los Angeles. Connect with some of our biggest local players, learn essential skills, and kick start your journey with GA’s entrepreneur classes.

Organizations: K5

K5 hosts, invests, and accelerates early stage game-changing, technology-driven businesses led by visionary founders. K5 is run by successful entrepreneurs and investors, and provides an intensive three-month mentorship-driven investment program for Southern California based startups.

Organizations: LA CEOs

LA CEOs brings together CEOs, Founders, Entrepreneurs, and Board Members to help startups and growth companies accelerate success.

Organizations: Launchpad LA

"Launchpad LA is a startup accelerator and mentorship organization designed to help young entrepreneurs based in Los Angeles get the guidance and relationships needed to help take their companies to the next level. It combines the best VCs in Southern California, many experienced CEOs and a very select group of service providers who are committed to working with early-stage companies."

Organizations: LAVA: Los Angeles Venture Association

The Los Angeles Venture Association supports the development of emerging growth and middle market companies in Southern California by creating an environment to provide access to financial, professional and technological resources.

Organizations: Los Angeles Lean Startup Circle

Since 2010 LeanLA has helped Los Angeles tech entrepreneurs build successful businesses by learning and practicing Lean Startup techniques.

Organizations: OCTANe

"OCTANe connects people and ideas with capital and resources to fuel technology growth in Orange County. Our members represent Orange County technology executive leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists, academicians, and strategic advisors, all working together."

Organizations: S.C.O.R.E. of Los Angles

SCORE Los Angeles offers FREE business mentoring, low-cost or no-cost business training, and numerous templates and tools to help you start or grow a business.

Organizations: S.C.O.R.E. of Orange County

Orange County SCORE offers FREE business mentoring, low-cost or no-cost business training, and numerous templates and tools to help you start or grow a business.

Organizations: Southern California Biomedical Council

Promotes and supports biomedical and biotechnology research, development, and manufacturing in the Greater Los Angeles region for economic development and job creation.

Organizations: Startup California

The Startup California Partnership provides resources and connections to help young companies grow.

Organizations: Startup Grind Los Angeles

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs.

Organizations: Technology Council of Southern California

"The Technology Council of Southern California is the premier forum for the region's technology leaders, providing events, connections, information and resources to help technology companies succeed. "

Organizations: TechZulu

TechZulu is an independent news organization delivering stories of the technology industry by showcasing the people and companies in the Southern California ecosystem.

Organizations: Women to Women LA

"Vanessa Soto Nellis and Nicole Kamm founded Women to Women in 2009 with the goal of creating a forum for professional women to network and forge longstanding connections. Vanessa and Nicole wanted to build a group focused on meaningful relationships among its members. Women to Women gives members an opportunity to unite on a professional and personal level with other women who share similar goals."

Resources: Los Angeles & Orange County Venture Capital Directory

Directory of venture funds, angel investor groups, major corporate investors, SBICs, and other related entities based in the LA/OC region. Also includes a few non-local funds that have invested in LA/OC businesses.

Resources: Los Angeles Business Assistance Program (LABAP)

Services to small businesses and entrepreneurs, formally known under the name of the Los Angeles Business Assistance Program (LABAP) are now offered through The BusinessSource Program at six centers throughout the city of Los Angeles.

Resources: Startup Foundation

"Called the Startup Foundation, the program is a grassroots initiative that helps cities build and establish ecosystems that will support more high-growth entrepreneurs, startups, and ultimately, jobs."

Article: Why Los Angeles Will Outpace Silicon Valley As The Tech Startup Capital

"Fantastic weather, lots of space, entertainment and media experts, and lots of tech talent means that Los Angeles is fast becoming the city of choice to run a tech startup."

Resources: Los Angeles Startup Map

A map of startups, accelerators, incubators, coworking spaces, investors, consultants, hackerspaces, and events in Los Angeles County.

Resources: Orange County Startup Map

A map of startups, accelerators, incubators, coworking spaces, investors, consultants, hackerspaces, and events in Orange County.

Article: GeekWire - Dispatches from the Digital Frontier

GeekWire is an independent technology news site and online community based in Seattle covering the people, companies and innovations emerging from the Pacific Northwest and impacting the world.

Investors: Alliance of Angels

"The Alliance of Angels is the Pacific Northwest's premier non-profit angel investment organization, comprising of more than 100 accredited investors and representatives of investment firms who invest in early-stage companies in technology and other high-growth sectors."

Resources: Networking In Seattle

Find networking groups and events in the Seattle area and find the one that is best for you and your business. This networking directory offers groups for business, young professionals, and pleasure.

Resources: University of Washington Resources

Resources for starting a business for students and entrepreneurs.

Events: Networking Events In Texas

Find networking events for any type of activity in the state of Texas. Use this directory for business or pleasure.

Incubators: Austin Texas Incubator

"The Austin Technology Incubator harnesses business, government and academic resources to provide strategic counsel, operational guidance, and infrastructure support to its member companies to help them transition into successful, high growth technology businesses."

Investors: Central Texas Angel Network

"The Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN) is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing quality early-stage investment opportunities for accredited Central Texas angel investors, and to assisting, educating and connecting early-stage growth companies in Central Texas with information and advisors for the purpose of raising money and assisting in their growth."

Investors: Houston Angel Network

The Houston Angel Network (HAN) is a non-profit organization that provides its members a forum in which to efficiently evaluate promising early-stage investment opportunities. Its membership consists of active angel investors who share the goal of making informed, collaborative investments in promising early stage Texas-based companies. HAN was founded in late 2001 and is the largest and most active angel network in Texas: Since inception, our members have invested more than $27M.

Investors: North Texas Angel Network

NTAN is a Texas non-profit corporation that seeks quality deals for angel investors to consider. We are a part of a statewide network of angel groups that cooperate on deals across Texas. Our members identify and screen these applicant companies. We educate and coach early stage companies in North Texas for the purpose of raising money, assisting in their growth and improving the local economy. Entrepreneurs from any industry are encouraged to apply.

Investors: TexasInvestmentNetwork

TexasInvestmentNetwork is a Texas-based portal and matching service of angel investors seeking investments, with entrepreneurs seeking capital.

Organizations: Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas

The Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas "amplif[ies] the philanthropic efforts of our member companies" by offering programs that "help build successful corporate cultures and allow start-up companies to participate philanthropically, even though charitable funds may be scarce."

Organizations: Texas Entrepreneur Network

The Texas Entrepreneur Networks (TEN) helps startups and growth companies raise funding from investors across the state of Texas. Companies can raise between $5K and $50M using the TEN Funding Portal. Once companies have raised their funding we provide ongoing support through additional services.

Resources: Entrepreneurial Resources in Texas

"This is a list of resources for entrepreneurs in Texas. We are constantly updating our list of Texas venture capital firms, Texas networking organizations, and programs sponsored by the State of Texas."

Coworking: Miami Shared

MiamiShared is a modern coworking space located in a luxury high-rise in downtown Miami. MiamiShared is a hybrid of home + cafe + office in that they combine the amenities of a modern office (WiFi, workstations, conference rooms, plasma TVs, VoIP, copy/fax/print center, receptionists, etc.) with the community aspects of a cafe, and the freedom and flexibility of working independently.

Events: Florida Networking Events

This site is geared towards getting businesses to interact with each other in a relaxed after-work setting. For those of you in Florida, this would be a good site to check out to start networking with other business owners to start expanding your network.

Events: Startup Weekend Tampa

Startup Weekend Tampa is an intense 54 hour event where a community of entrepreneurs, startup enthusiasts, developers, designers, marketing gurus and anyone interested in building a business come together over the course of a weekend to share ideas, form teams, and launch a startup. No Talk, All Action. Launch a Startup in 54 hours.

Incubators: University of Central Florida Business Incubator

"A University-driven community partnership providing early stage companies with the enabling tools, training and infrastructure to create financially stable high growth enterprises."

Investors: VenturePitch Orlando

Building a scalable startup and interested in pitching to a group of Florida technology investor judges and a crowd of founders, startup employees, investors, service providers, and media? You can get helpful, actionable feedback, publicity, and you are eligible to win prizes to accelerate your company.

Local News: Florida Trend

"Business and political decision-makers look to Florida Trend to learn what's happening throughout the state, but even more to understand it."

Organizations: Florida Venture Sourcing

Florida Venture Sourcing offers Florida's technology startups a free page to describe their company, their product or service, and the markets they address. Free pages are also devoted to startup investors and mentors. For the Florida technology venture community, it is the only place in Florida where all the news, events, and deals associated with technology startups are reported. There is also a place to find service providers and jobs in the startup community as well.

Organizations: Rollins Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship

The CFAE provides a variety of practical experiences, both in and out of the classroom, to promote successful entrepreneurship. Several resources and programs are available to help you advance and grow your business. In addition, MBA students are available for internships and consulting projects, at no cost to you.

Organizations: SCORE - Atlanta

The local SCORE office for Atlanta entrepreneurs. SCORE offices help startup companies get through the startup phase with various classes and information sessions some basics of starting a business.

Organizations: Small Business Development Center: Tampa Bay

"The Florida Small Business Development Center Network is a statewide partnership between higher education and economic development organizations dedicated to providing emerging and established business owners with assistance enabling overall growth and increased profitability that contributes to the economic prosperity of the state".

Organizations: Tampa Bay Partnership

The Tampa Bay Partnership is the regional organization that works with its partners to market the region nationally and internationally, to conduct regional research and to coordinate efforts to influence business and government issues that impact economic growth and development.

Organizations: The Small Business Resource Network

"The Small Business Resource Network (SBRN), a public-private partnership of the Florida Small Business Development Center Network and member firms, is a free information clearing-house to connect small businesses with government and non-profit agencies and the fee-for-service professional expertise they need to achieve their business goals."

Resources: The Florida High Tech Corridor Council

"The Florida High Tech Corridor Council's mission is to attract, retain and grow high tech industry and the workforce to support it within the 23-county Florida High Tech Corridor."

NCSU Extension Program

State and federal resources, specific to small businesses, that may help answer many of the questions that arise when starting up.

Coworking: Teqcorner

Virginia-based innovation center designed to provide small businesses; technology companies and, start-up entrepreneurs with a "community office" approach that provides flexible, affordable, and short-term lease options and virtual office capabilities.

Events: DC Startup Scramble

Startup resources for college students and young people.

Events: Mid Atlantic Networking

Find networking events in the Mid Atlantic area and start connecting with people near you. This networking directory will connect you with people who are like minded and have similar goals.

Incubators: Founder Institute

The Founder Institute is an early-stage startup accelerator and global launch network that helps entrepreneurs create meaningful and enduring technology companies.

Incubators: University of Maryland Technology Advancement Program

The Technology Advancement Program (TAP) staff is comprised of seasoned veterans of startups and venture capital firms who will provide advice and support, market intel, networking opportunities, flexible lab space, and access to funding.

Investors: VentureSouth

"VentureSouth is one of the largest angel investment groups in the United States. We develop and manage angel groups and funds comprised of more than 200 accredited investors across the Southeast."

Investors: Virginia Active Angel Network

Virginia Active Angel Network is a professionally managed and member-led group of accredited investors that meet monthly in a dinner model in Charlottesville, VA.

Organizations: Center for Innovative Technology

Virginia- based funding source for early state technology companies with a high potential for technology commercialization, rapid growth, and downstream private equity financing.

Organizations: Council for Entrepreneurial Development

CED (formerly The Council for Entrepreneurial Development) was founded in 1984 to identify, enable and promote high-growth, high-impact companies and accelerate the entrepreneurial culture of the Research Triangle and North Carolina. CED provides education, mentoring and capital formation resources to new and existing high-growth entrepreneurs through annual conferences, seminars, workshops and programs on entrepreneurial management and finance.

Organizations: DC Entrepreneurs

"This is a business networking group for entrepreneurs and small businesses from the greater Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland area."

Organizations: DC Small Business Development Center

"The DC SBDC Network is an outreach program of Howard University, working in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), other District of Columbia universities, and community organizations, to provide free management and technical assistance and affordable training in all phases of business development to District of Columbia based small businesses. Our trained and skilled business consultants provide confidential, one-on-one management assistance in a myriad of areas, at no cost to the client. Each year, one-on-one consulting is provided to thousands of small business owners, managers and aspiring entrepreneurs."

Organizations: Launch Tennessee

A resource for Tennessee entrepreneurs who are in the startup or looking to scale their business.

Organizations: Mason Enterprise Center

The Mason Enterprise Center is a university-based economic development enterprise that focuses the energy, skills and intellectual capital of George Mason University on enterprise creation and expansion. Specializing in the areas of small business services, government contracting, international business, entrepreneurship, technology ventures, and telework initiatives, the Center offers a unique combination of programs, services, and resources.

Organizations: NOVA Technology Council

Northern Virginia Technology networking and trade association that puts on events and holds educational seminars on technology focused trends. Provides some coaching for early stage entrepreneurs.

Organizations: TiE DC

TiE's mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE's focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.

Organizations: Virginia Economic Development Partnership

"To enhance the quality of life and raise the standard of living for all Virginians, in collaboration with Virginia communities, through aggressive business recruitment, expansion assistance, and trade development, thereby expanding the tax base and creating higher-income employment opportunities."

Resources: Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development

Some helpful information for starting a business in Maryland. Learn the ins and outs of state laws and pick up some best practices along the way.

Guide for Starting and Growing Your Small Business in VA

The guide compiles selected information from a number of existing resources and publications of Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance, SCORE, Small Business Administration, and other sources.

Coworking: Green Spaces

"Our vision is to forward the sustainability globally through widespread local hubs that cultivate social entrepreneurs, startups, and freelancers alike. We have coworking spaces in New York and Colorado. Read our brochure below to learn about our past, present and future."

Incubators: Rocky Mountain Innovation Partners

"Rocky Mountain Innovation Partners is a non-profit organization run by accomplished entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. RMIP combines the expertise of investors, succssful startup pros with "been there, done that experience", and community leaders to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into brilliant reality. Led by Dr. Ric Denton, a Silicon Valley veteran with extensive experience in taking early stage companies from concept to multi-million dollar businesses, the RMIP team and our extensive local and international network provide an array of services, all designed to help entrepreneurs accelerate innovation and company growth. "

Organizations: Colorado Lending Source

"Colorado Lending Source is the state's nonprofit, small business financing expert. Over our two decade history, we have worked with small businesses to create and retain more than 16,500 jobs across Colorado while helping to pump $750 million into the state's economy. As the largest lender of our kind in the state, Colorado Lending Source is a vital contributor to Colorado's economy. In 2010 alone we partnered with 50 different lending institutions to help provide 250 Small Business Administration Loans. This led to the creation of 2,300 jobs in Colorado."

Organizations: El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization

"The University of Colorado's El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization (EPIIC) is located on the campus of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS). The thrust of EPIIC is to play a role in the early development of new ideas and products and to aid people in taking their ideas to market."

Organizations: Innosphere

"Innosphere (formally Rocky Mountain Innosphere) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 incubator focused on supporting entrepreneurs who are building potential high-growth companies in software, hardware, biosciences, digital health, and cleantech. Innosphereâ??s incubation program for startups include assistance with raising capital, helps in assembling solid management teams, strategic corporate partner development, access to specialized test and demonstration equipment, educational seminars and networking opportunities. Innosphere is headquartered in Fort Collins, CO in a 30,000 square foot innovation center and has multiple locations across the state to provide access to office and meeting space and better serve entrepreneurs."

Organizations: Networking In Colorado

For business owners, students, or anyone looking to get involved, this site offers a list of events that to get you networking.

Organizations: Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center

"The Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center offers business consulting and training that maximizes the economic potential of entrepreneurs within the Pikes Peak region. Our mission is to help existing and new businesses grow and prosper. Our goal at the Small Business Development Center is to help emerging and existing entrepreneurs gain control of their business operations. We provide free guidance and consulting in all aspects of funding and developing small business. We strive to help grow and start businesses. While we cannot eliminate risk, we work to minimize it by helping clients write comprehensive business plans, conduct financial forecasts, strategize marketing tactics, apply for funding, and improve operations. Let us help you maximize your business potential."

Publication: Colorado Springs Business Journal

Business news for Colorado Springs

Resources: Boulder Startup Center

A collection of resources for entrepreneurs new to the Boulder area.

Resources: Denver SBDC

Denver, Colorado small business development center.

Resources: Entrepreneurial Resources in Colorado

"This is a list of resources for entrepreneurs in Texas. We are constantly updating our list of Colorado venture capital firms, Colorado networking organizations, and programs sponsored by the State of Colorado."

Events: Funding Feeding Frenzy

Major Chicago startup funding event on June 20, 2012. From their website: "The creators of the Funding Feeding Frenzy have hosted numerous events for entrepreneurs and investors both in the U.S. and internationally. Their success in event promotion and management encompasses many years of experience including a major role in event management of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. These successful events have delivered extraordinary experiences to thousands of delighted participants. If you're ready to take big steps forward in your business, this event will definitely be worth your time. More than an event, we have put together a frenzy of excitement that will be engaging for participants."

Events: Networking In Chicago

A calendar of networking events in Chicago.

Investors: Heartland Angels

"A private equity network that brings together accredited investors with early stage start-up companies and real estate opportunities looking for equity and debt investments."

Investors: Hyde Park Angels

"HPA also provides domain expertise, strategic advice and coaching to its companies."

Organizations: 1871

"1871 is Chicago’s entrepreneurial hub for digital startups. Located in the famed Merchandise Mart, the 120,000-square-foot facility provides Chicago startups with programming, access to mentors, educational resources, potential investors and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs that help them on their path to building successful businesses. 1871 is the flagship project of the CEC."

Organizations: Chicago Chapter of The Entrepreneur's Organization

"The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) - for entrepreneurs only - is a dynamic, global network of more than 7,000 business owners in 38 countries." This link will take you to the Chicago Chapter where you can become a member.

Organizations: Illinois Manufacturers' Association

"The Illinois Manufacturers' Association is the oldest and largest state manufacturing association in the United States. Founded in Chicago in 1893, the IMA represents nearly 4,000 companies and plants that operate in Illinois including a veritable "who's who" of the business world. IMA member companies, whether included in the Fortune 500 or small family-owned businesses, benefit from the successful programs administered by the IMA, including our world-class lobbying effort. We offer informative seminars and training, continuing education courses, and a number of affinity programs designed to help your company grow and prosper. "

Organizations: Illinois Technology Association

From the website: "The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) is a driving force behind the growth of Illinois' vibrant technology industry. ITA's agenda is simple - grow technology companies by fostering deep collaboration among the diverse industry all in support of developing the ecosystem necessary to foster the success of member companies.All the while tirelessly advocating for the industry to raise the awareness of Illinois as a leading technology community."

Organizations: Midwest Partnership

Midwest Partnership aims to increase economic vitality of regions in Iowa. Small business development.

Organizations: SCORE Chicago

"SCORE Chicago provides free business counseling, management consulting, and low cost workshops. We advise on how to get a business loan and offer other resources like templates for a business plan. SCORE counselors can help the entrepreneur start a business or a small business owner grow and prosper. The organization has more than 25 locations in the Chicago area. We also counsel by email nationwide."

Organizations: TiE Midwest

"Formed in 1998, and located in Chicago, TiE-Midwest is a not-for-profit gathering of industry leaders joined together by the mission of supporting global entrepreneurship by working locally. Our goals are to identify and nurture up-and-coming entrepreneurs; to facilitate networking among members; and, to connect local entrepreneurs internationally."

Resources: Built In Chicago

"Built In Chicago is a resource for "digital professionals" working to build great web and mobile businesses. This includes software development, product management, ad sales, media buying, analytics, usability and more. The community includes big companies and small startups and B2B and B2C companies."

Resources: Indiana Small Business Development Center

Small business development center in Indiana.

Resources: Commisceo Global - Country Guides

"Effective communication across cultures is paramount and we excel in helping clients succeed through the provision of key cross cultural solutions including translation services, interpreters, multilingual design and intercultural communication training."

Resources: Emerging Markets Potential Index

"This indexing study is conducted by MSU-CIBER to help companies compare the Emerging Markets [identified as "Emerging Markets" by The Economist magazine] with each other on several dimensions."

Resources: Executive Planet

A website giving cultural tips to succeeding at international business .

Resources: Export.gov

A website intended to help US companies export. Includes country-specific informative articles, trade logistics and success stories.

Resources: International Business Reference Desk

"A robust directory of resources allows you to find information ranging from culture and economic information to Trade Tutorials, Trade Law or even Statistical Data Sources. Each resource has been reviewed by an experienced team of researchers to ensure utmost utility."

Article: How to Start an Import/Export Business

"From importing exotic fashions to exporting light fixtures, the international trade business will take you all over the world and into all product niches."

Resources: International Monetary Fund

The IMF publishes a range of time series data on IMF lending, exchange rates and other economic and financial indicators.

Resources: Trade Map

"Trade Map provides users with indicators on export performance, international demand, alternative markets and the role of competitors." Data retrieval requires registration, but data sources easily accessible.

Resources: World Bank Data & Research

Great resource for data, analysis and research papers.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

NYSERDA strives to facilitate change through the widespread development and use of innovative technologies to improve the State's energy, economic, and environmental wellbeing.

Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC)

The Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) is a private sector, non-profit, consulting firm, established in 1978, that works to retain existing businesses while creating new jobs in Saratoga County, New York.

Saratoga Technology + Energy Park (STEP)

A knowledge community for clean energy businesses, STEP is a critical catalyst in helping to develop Tech Valley's potential as a force in the clean energy economy.

Syracuse Center of Excellence

Syracuse Center of Excellence engages collaborators at 200+ companies and institutions to address global challenges in clean and renewable energy, indoor environmental quality, and water resources. Our members conduct targeted research, demonstrate new technologies, commercialize innovations, and educate the workforce.

The Central New York Biotech Accelerator - Syracuse

When it opens in early 2013, the CNY BAC will provide laboratory and development space to early stage companies. The CNY BAC will also provide growth oriented companies essential business acceleration services and access to industry specific development resources.

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany - State University of New York (SUNY) is a global education, research, development and technology deployment resource dedicated to preparing the next generation of scientists and researchers in nanotechnology. By leveraging its resources in partnership with business and government, CNSE supports accelerated high technology education and commercialization, and seeks to create jobs and economic growth for nanotechnology-related industries.

The Tech Garden

The Tech Garden is an innovation and technology incubator and is home to the suite of CenterState CEO's innovation economic development programs.

Digg.com

Share and discover content from all over the web with different users. Something unique about Digg is that the value of posts is determined by the user community as a whole.

Digital Trends - Social Media

"Our founders started Digital Trends to solve a major problem: How do we introduce people to the world of technology in a way that is fun and welcoming, not intimidating and snarky?"

Facebook

Do we even need to describe what Facebook is?

LinkedIn

A professional social network to boost your career, or just to make connections with others in your industry.

Mashable

Social Media News and Web Tips

Quora

"A continually improving collection of questions and answers created, edited, and organized by everyone who uses it." Pretty much any question you might have has probably been answered by an expert; if it hasn't, you can be the first to ask.

Social Media Today

"Our mission is to provide busy professionals like you with a bird's-eye-view of the social media industry in 60 seconds. We cover industry news and provide original analysis. Throughout the day, our editorial team analyzes the top news stories and publishes in-depth feature articles. You can also use our site to check out industry events, jobs, and more."

Tumblr

Blogging is the foundation of social media. Tumblr is quickly becoming the easiest way to blog. Sign up and start writing today!

Tweetdeck

Use tweetdeck to link multiple social media accounts to save time and to be more efficient with social media marketing (SMM).

Twitter

Find out what is happening right now by creating a twitter account and following updates from certain people. Send and receive direct messages from friends and colleagues.

List of Social Networking Sites

Find any social networking site from this list. With the many different options available, find the social network that best fits your needs.

Social Media Marketing Tips

Do's and don'ts of social media marketing. There are several ways to market your business, and social media is now one of them. Learn how to be an effective marketer via social media by making your social networks sustainable.

Social Media's Impending Flood of Customer Unlikes

What businesses are doing in social media and what they SHOULD be doing. Read this and adjust your social media strategy accordingly.

Events: Florida Networking Events

This site is geared towards getting businesses to interact with each other in a relaxed after-work setting. For those of you in Florida, this would be a good site to check out to start networking with other business owners to start expanding your network.

Events: Mid Atlantic Networking

Find networking events in the Mid Atlantic area and start connecting with people near you. This networking directory will connect you with people who are like minded and have similar goals.

Events: Networking Events In Texas

Find networking events for any type of activity in the state of Texas. Use this directory for business or pleasure.

Events: Networking In Chicago

A calendar of networking events in Chicago.

Events: Networking In Philadelphia

A detailed look into the matter of networking in Philadelphia.

Events: Phoenix Networking

Phoenix area networking events.

Meetup

Connects users from social networks in similar locations for offline group meetings.

Organizations: Networking In Colorado

For business owners, students, or anyone looking to get involved, this site offers a list of events that to get you networking.

Resources: Networking In Seattle

Find networking groups and events in the Seattle area and find the one that is best for you and your business. This networking directory offers groups for business, young professionals, and pleasure.

StartupDigest

A free weekly email service listing local networking events for entrepreneurs in the tech startup world.

Social Media Examiner

The world’s largest social media marketing resource, Social Media Examiner® helps millions of businesses discover how to best use social media to connect with customers, drive traffic, generate awareness, and increase sales.

10 Step Guide To Blogging

This 10 step guide will walk you through the beginning stages of starting your blog. Understand why people start blogging and figure out why are want to start blogging.

16 Quick Tips To Become A Better Networker

Networking starts with your current contacts. Networking doesn’t necessarily mean actively pursuing making new relationships. Cultivate those you have already and invest in those relationships first.

Comment Marketing

There are many ways to drive traffic to a website these days, especially with the growth of social media. One way to drive traffic is by using a technique called comment marketing. Learn the proper techniques of doing that and some best practices for doing so.

Do's and Don'ts of Facebook Pages

Here is a list of things you should and should not be doing with your Facebook page. It is a valuable tool for you, so learn how to use Facebook properly.

Do's and Don'ts of Social Networking

Several best practices on how to be efficient when it comes to managing your social network and the time you spend there. Good insight into how to get the most out of your investment into social media.

Facebook Marketing: How to Drive Demand, Create Loyal Fans, and Grow Your Business

"For many, Facebook is the internet. That said, is your business taking full advantage of it? Pages are the gateway for businesses to market among this holy grail of users. A Facebook Page is a public presence similar to a personal profile, but allows fans to “like” the business, brand, celebrity, cause, or organization. Fans receive content updates from the Page on their News Feed, while the business is able to raise brand awareness, deploy and track advertising, collect detailed audience insights, and chat with users who seek customer service."

Getting Efficient With Social Media

Social media is a great tool for business development, but it can be quite time consuming for someone just starting out. We seek efficiency in all aspects of business; learn how to use your time effectively with social media as well.

Getting Started With Social Media

With all of the social media and social networking sites available, getting started can seem overwhelming. Find out which sites would be best for you based on how you would like to use it.

Google Small Businesses

Tips and tricks for managing your business with Google's solutions.

How To Drive Traffic To Your Site

Driving traffic to your site can be challenging. Learn how to do it from Twitter, Facebook, link building, SEO, and blogging. The techniques will require diligence and commitment, but the results will follow.

How To Make An Engaging Facebook Page

How to make a really good and engaging Facebook pages. Common pitfalls of many pages and how to avoid them. The purpose of a Facebook page is create engagement, but that so rarely happens. Find out why.

How To Promote Your Facebook Page

Congratulations! You now have a Facebook page for your business, but how do you get fans? Use these 5 strategies to promote your businesses page to others.

How to Use Facebook Ads for Local Businesses

Do you have a local brick-and-mortar business? Wondering how to make Facebook ads work for you? In this article, you’ll learn how to start advertising a local business on Facebook.

Monitoring Your Clients Social Media Brand

Listed are five benefits of monitoring your clients via social media. Gain insight into their brand and help them improve and stay ahead of the social media trend. Teach them things about their competition that maybe they did not know.

Social Media

Learn the very basics of social media and find links to other useful information.

Social Media for Business

If you aren't using social media as a small business owner, you are missing out on valuable customers and inexpensive marketing. With about 70 percent of Americans using social media, your social media marketing campaigns have the potential to reach a lot of people.

Social Media Marketing Tips

Do's and don'ts of social media marketing. There are several ways to market your business, and social media is now one of them. Learn how to be an effective marketer via social media by making your social networks sustainable.

Social Media's Impending Flood of Customer Unlikes

What businesses are doing in social media and what they SHOULD be doing. Read this and adjust your social media strategy accordingly.

The 5 C's of Blogging

Great blogging advice from someone who has been doing it very well for the past several years. The 5 C's will draw attention and loyalty to your blog.

Three Problems with Most Blogs

What makes people stay on your blog and what makes them leave? Figure that out and then implement it.

Understand Twitter

If you still do not completely understand what Twitter is all about, this can help you out.

Using Social Networking To Drive Your Business

Use social networking to drive your business, but first, be able to answer the questions in this article.

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