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February 20, 2003
Small-business resources

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Internet sites:
    Links and information on licensing a business in Washington state.

    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    Information on registering patents and trademarks.

    Considered one of the best sites for general business research, especially management and technology issues.

    Search 3,000 documents selected from government agencies, small-business consultants and books on small-business topics.

    The U.S. government's Small Business Administration site

    Searchable database and links to small-business resources and articles.

    Puget Sound Business Journal
    Searchable story archive and local economic indicators.

    Small Business Knowledge Base
    Help for improving management skills. The site is divided into 10 areas of small-business management, including starting a business, sales and marketing, personal skills, doing business on the Internet and more.

    Pure business information
    Links to hundreds of business-related web sites, business news headlines and company profiles.

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General information, resources and classes:

  • Washington State's Business Assistance Hotline
    A recording provides information on everything from how to get a loan to registering for patents. Leave your name and address for a copy of the state's guide for small business, which lists state and local agencies and information on how to write a business plan.

  • Washington Small Business
    Development Center
    Washington State University
    Offers counseling, and evaluates new ideas and products.

  • Washington State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
    Main Seattle branch of the Pullman-based SBDC. Offers counseling and business training courses.

  • South Seattle Community College
    Houses a branch of the Pullman-based SBDC. Offers classes, training and one-to-one consultation. Classes range from how to start a business on the Internet to writing a business plan.

  • Seattle University's Small Business Institute
    Teams of undergraduates and MBA students help existing or start-up businesses.

  • University of Washington's Business and Economic Development Program
    Brings together business-school students, alumni and Rotary Club members into consulting teams to help small businesses that are at least a year old.

  • Bank of America
    Offers classes on how to run a small business and manage finances and banking.
    425-481-3100 or 800-441-1866

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  • U.S. Small Business Administration
    Offers classes on how to start a business. Information on writing a business plan, and help arranging government-guaranteed loans.

  • City of Seattle's Small Business Information System
    Recording guides callers to city services and information for small businesses.

  • Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce Small Business Development and Events
    Offers seminars, workshops, roundtable discussions on small-business topics and monthly networking events. Services are primarily for chamber members.

  • The Black Dollar Task Force
    Offers classes and training on topics of interest to small businesses. Critiques business plans. Makes small loans.

  • Emerging Businesses Inc.
    (formerly Seattle Minority Business Development Center)
    Staff helps minority-owned or -operated businesses with management, planning, marketing and finance, and sponsors workshops.

  • Internal Revenue Service
    Forms distribution center and tax questions.

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    Information on searching patents and trademarks.

  • Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
    Education and training provided by retired executives. Call for locations.

  • American Marketing Association
    Offers members marketing information and access to conferences, publications, journals and marketing opportunities. Membership is $155 plus annual dues.

  • Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense and Education Fund
    Advocacy group for minority businesses. Certifies small businesses to compete for government contracts.

  • National Foundation for Women Business Owners
    A research organization of assistance to small-business people.

  • National Association of Women Business Owners
    A nonprofit group for women business owners. Sponsors conferences and networking opportunities nationwide throughout the year.

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  • Seattle Public Library's Business and Technology Department
    Fourth Floor, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle
    The library has a small-business librarian, books and reference guides including the American Entrepreneurs Association books on starting different kinds of businesses.

  • Bellevue Public Library
    1111 110th Ave N.E., Bellevue
    Keeps track of the newest and best books on small business. Has pamphlets and other resources.

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Books recommended by the Seattle Public Library:

  • "The Encyclopedia of Small Business"
    American Entrepreneurs Association

  • "How to Set Up Your Small Business"
    American Institute of Small Business

  • "Small Business Sourcebook"
    Gale Research

  • "Starting and Operating a Business in Washington: A Step by Step Guide"
    Michael D. Jenkins and the Entrepreneurial Services Group of Ernst & Young
    Oasis Press/PSI Research

  • "Legal Guide for Starting and Running a Small Business"
    Fred F. Steingold
    Nolo Press

  • "Portfolio of Accounting Systems for Small and Medium-Sized

    National Society of Public Accountants
    Prentice Hall

  • "Pratt's Guide to Venture Capital Sources"
    Venture Economics

  • "Tax Guide for Small Businesses"
    Department of the Treasury
    Internal Revenue Service

  • "National Directory of State Business Licensing and Regulation"
    Gale Research

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