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4. Small Business and Entrepreneurship
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City of Austin Small Business Program
The Small Business Program provides business training, educational events, and coaching to empower entrepreneurs. Our mission is to foster job creation and support the growth of new and existing businesses by providing capacity building information, tools, and resources.
"BizStats is the leading free online source for small business statistics. BizStats collects, analyzes, edits and adds value to public data and delivers it without cost in an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand format." Among the statistics available are
Established to assist entrepreneurs by providing free advice and information, this site includes sample business plans, marketing plans, and a locator for small business development centers in the United States.
Business Owner’s Toolkit
Commerce Clearing House (CCH) Incorporated, publisher of many business books and services, offers a wealth of free information about starting a business, planning a business, getting financing, marketing products, etc. on this site.
National Federation of Independent Business
"NFIB is the nation's leading small-business advocacy association, with offices in Washington, D.C., and all 50 state capitals." Business Toolbox, "a library of business management info" can be found under "Tools & Tips." It provides information on a wide
SCORE® - Service Corps of Retired Executives
"SCORE 'Counselors to America's Small Business' is America's premier source of free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs." The organization works in partnership with the federal Small Business Administration to assist in the formation,
U.S. Small Business Administration
"The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and