Small Business Resources

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Contents

Introduction

How do you turn your unique idea into a successful small business? Our Small Business Resource Center has loads of resources, including books and databases, to help you plan, start, and grow your business. We also offer classes and individual appointments to help you get started with your small business research.


Business Plans

Business Plans Handbook

Over 500 business plans in "Small Business Resource Center" database

SBA Business Plan Tutorial

Michigan's "Guide to Starting a Small Business" online

Financing a Small Business

SBA Financial Assistance

MI-SBDC

Michigan Certified Development Corporation

Economic Development Foundation

Resource Guide: How to Finance Your Small Business

Legal Aspects

Resource Guide: Legal Information

Michigan License Search

Michigan Business Entity Search

IRS Employer ID Numbers (EINs)

Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center

Small Business Taxes: The Virtual Workshop

Customer Demographics

Demographic Profile for Grand Rapids and Lakeshore Areas

Sourcebook of Zip Code Demographics

Best Customers: Demographics of Customer Demand

Community Research Institute

The Right Place - Regional Statistics

Michigan Economic Development Corporation Regional Economic Profiles

Resource Guide: Market Research

Marketing Your Business

How To Write a Marketing Plan

Entrepreneur Magazine's Ultimate Small Business Marketing Guide

Small Business Adminstration Marketing

KnowThis.com Marketing Tutorials

American Marketing Association

National Federation of Independent Business

Resource Guide: Marketing Your Business

National and Local Organizations

Small Business Administration (SBA)

City of Grand Rapids Economic Development

Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC)

SCORE Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW)

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

West Michigan Chamber Coalition

Local First

West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

West Michigan Minority Contractors Association

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

Michigan Business One Stop

eMerge West Michigan

Planning for Your Peace of Mind: A Guide to Medical and Legal Decisions from the State Bar of Michigan

Area Business Publications

MiBiz.com's Michigan Loves Manufacturing

Business Outlook for West Michigan

West Michigan Business Review

Grand Rapids Business Journal

GVSU's Seidman Business Review

Company Information

Corporate Eponymy

International Directory of Company Histories

LexisNexis Corporate Affiliations or Who Owns Whom

Mergent U.S. Company Archives

National Minority and Women-Owned Business Directory

RMA Annual Statement Studies

EDGAR Database

Forbes.com Small Companies

Hoovers.com

Investment Company Fact Book (52st ed.)

IPO Central from Hoovers

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Industry Analysis

Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios

Harris Michigan Industrial Directory

Industry Norms & Key Business Ratios

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)

Standard and Poor's Industry Surveys

Industry Information Resources

North American Industry Classification System

Standard Industrial Classification System

ThomasNet

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Company and Industry Research

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