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Business.gov – the official business link to the U.S. Government

This site is a virtual one-stop shop for information on running a small business. Operated by the Small Business Administration, this Smart Stop offers guides on starting and managing a business, government contracting, taxes and a host of other topics. There’s also a helpful tool to determine what types of federal, state and local licenses and permits are needed for a variety of businesses, along with contact information for the appropriate agencies. There’s even a separate section filled with information tailored for home-based businesses, which the SBA says account for more than half of U.S. businesses. http://www.business.gov/

Fast Company

This highly acclaimed and very interesting web site offers features to help people in the new economy discover the tools, techniques, and tactics they need to succeed at their chosen career, or launch a new one. http://www.fastcompany.com/

MarketingSherpa

Find case studies on what works – and what doesn't – when it comes to marketing your business on this Website. The research firm also provides how-to articles and interviews with marketing directors in both business-to-business and consumer marketing. http://www.marketingsherpa.com/#

My Own Business

A course on how to start your own business. A non- profit organization helping people succeed in business since 1992. https://www.scu.edu/mobi/

Small Business Marketing – The Wall Street Journal

A wealth of information and articles to help small businesses with marketing ideas. http://online.wsj.com/public/page/news-small-business-marketing.html

Small Business Trends

Here, dozens of small business experts share their wealth of knowledge in articles, interviews and book reviews. Learn from experience. http://smallbiztrends.com/resources/the-experts

The Customer Service Zone

Keeping the customer satisfied – drawing and keeping customers is the lifeblood of any business, especially in today’s tenuous environment. This website provides practical information on how companies and employees can serve customers and potentially increase the bottom line. More than 1,000 articles are available on topics that include communication, anger management and negotiations. Join an online discussion group to share your expertise with others and to gain more insight. http://customerservicezone.com/

Two Minute Commute

This blog offers commentary and advice for people who work out of their homes. Recent postings included advice on feeling secure in an insecure economy, a video review of telephone headsets, and an alert about “business opportunity” scams. The site also looks at how to avoid the isolation of working from home by co-working, or sharing space with a group of other self- employed professionals. Postings can be viewed by subject, such as Business Ideas or Financing. http://www.2minutecommute.com/

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