Zen and the Art of Making a Living: Web and Book Resources > Web Resources: Entrepreneurship

This area provides an assortment of Web and book resources for entrepreneurs from chat rooms to search engines, investment data to how to write a business plan, Internet marketing to raising funds, and much much more.

The Association for Enterprise Opportunity - Founded in 1991, the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) is the only national membership association committed to microenterprise development as an effective economic development strategy and a powerful poverty alleviation tool. By providing cutting edge training, knowledge sharing, Federal and State public policy and advocacy, and communications, AEO empowers a community of nearly 500 member organizations to be uniquely effective in serving the needs of microentrepreneurs who do not have access to traditional sources of business education or capital. The combined reach of these organizations exceeds 300,000 microentrepreneurs and small business owners annually.

America’s Small Business Development Center Network - The Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) is a partnership program uniting private enterprise, government, higher education and local nonprofit economic development organizations. We are dedicated to the sound development of small business throughout America. Founded in 1979, the ASBDC provides a vehicle for continuous improvement of the Small Business Development Center program, exchange of information among members regarding objectives, methods and results in business management and technical assistance and advocacy of America's small business community.

Biz Office: Small & Home-Based Business Resources - This site offers a number of opportunities for the self-employed or potentially self-employed through links to various franchises, business opportunities, multi-level marketing programs, business services, and marketing sites. It has its own "library" with dozens of business-related articles as well as a "Talkboard" for the exchange of information and ideas. It also provides links to business-related news groups and to general information and reference sites to assist you in your research.

BPlans.com - Bplans.com contains the largest single collection of free sample business plans on the Internet. In addition, it has helpful tools and know-how for managing your business. Bplans.com includes practical advice on planning, interactive tools and calculators, and a panel of experts to answer your pertinent business questions, as well as a searchable database of the other questions they have answered.

Business.com - Business.com is a leading business search engine and directory and pay-per-click advertising network serving more than 40 million unique business users and thousands of advertisers every month. Business.com helps business decision makers quickly find what they need to manage and grow their businesses, and enables advertisers to reach these users wherever they are across the business Internet through premier partners, including Entrepreneur, Hoovers, Financial Times and Internet.com.

The Business Forum Online - This Web site provides information and resources of specific interest to small companies, start-ups, and entrepreneurs. Their "Internal Index" offers a collection of articles directed to and concerning entrepreneurs and owner/managers of emerging businesses. The "External Index" links to informational and professional resources throughout the world.

Business.gov - Business.gov helps small businesses understand their legal requirements, and provides access to services and resources for small businesses. Business.gov is an official site of the U.S. Government.

Business Owners Toolkit, Small Business Guide - The Business Owner’s Toolkit™ offers more than 5,000 pages of resources for entrepreneurs including money-saving tips, step-by-step checklists, real-life case studies, startup advice, and business templates. The site also offers up-to-date news topics, a monthly newsletter, and an Ask Alice! column that provides business advice and industry trends.

Entrepreneur Magazine - Entrepreneur Magazine's Web site offers many resources and articles for the self-employed, freelancers, home-based business owners, and others.

Entrepreneurship.org - Sponsored by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, this site offers a wealth of information on small business and entrepreneurship. More than 1,000 articles, audio clips, tools, databases, and event listings.

MIT Enterprise Forum - The MIT Enterprise Forum supports the formation and growth of technology-based companies through educational programs and networking opportunities. This site includes articles on a variety of topics of interest to small business owners. It also includes online links to eighteen local chapters around the country.

MoreBusiness.com - This online small business consulting office publishes daily business news as well as tips for starting and running your business. It also includes templates and worksheets for business plans, marketing plans, business checklists, press releases, and business agreements. It provides opportunities for interaction through discussion groups, a free email newsletter, a Q & A feature, and links to other business sites.

National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) - The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) was founded in 1981 when a group of small business owners banded together to form a trade association that could wield the purchasing power of a large corporation. Now the largest association of its kind, NASE is able to provide an impressive list of benefits to its members in addition to advocating legislation favorable to small enterprise. This site includes a business reference area, updates on pending legislation affecting small business, a library of news releases on issues impacting small business, a small-business showcase, an online edition of their magazine, Self-Employed America, and a comprehensive directory of links to small-business web sites. Fee-based membership.

Nolo Law Center for Small Business - Nolo Press is the nation's oldest and most respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses. This section of their Web site offers a wealth of legal resources for small business owners.

SBTV.com - SBTV.com is a television network on the Web devoted exclusively to the small business market—from business start-ups to established enterprises. It provides information on how to run your business, resources to help you address every aspect of running your small business, and inspirational stories from entrepreneurs and small business owners to help you stay the course.

SCORE: The Service Corps of Retired Executives - The Service Corps of Retired Executives is a nonprofit association working in conjunction with the SBA to provide education and resources to promote the formation, growth, and success of small business nationwide. Working and retired executives and business owners donate their time and expertise to provide free counseling and low-cost workshops via local chapters throughout the United States and its territories. This Web site assists you in finding the SCORE chapter nearest you. The SCORE CyberChapter lets you establish a confidential email dialog with a SCORE business counselor anywhere in the country.

Small Business Advancement National Center (SBANC) - The Small Business Advancement National Center assists entrepreneurs and small business owners through business counseling, training, and education via the Internet, conferences, distance learning, newsletters, seminars, camps, internships, and international exchanges. The Small Business Advancement Electronic Resource serves as a link among small business owners, entrepreneurs, foundations, educational institutions, associations, international partners, and local, state, and federal government. It also houses an extensive database of up-to-date information and research pertinent to small business and entrepreneurship.

Small Business Development Center National Information Clearinghouse - This office provides research support to the Small Business Administration's network of Small Business Development Centers throughout the United States and its territories. By contacting the Small Business Development Center in your community, you can utilize this formidable information clearinghouse to find the answers to your most difficult, complicated, or obscure questions relating to small business—for free.

Startup Nation - StartupNation is a free service founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. On this site you’ll find easy-to-follow, practical information, to help you start and grow your own successful business including helpful articles, peer-to-peer forums, blogs, on demand seminars, podcasts, success stories, and more.

Tax Tips 4 U from the American Bar Association's Section of Taxation - TaxTips4U.org is designed to provide helpful, up-to-date information to consumers seeking a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers. This Web site is provided as a public service of the American Bar Association's Section of Taxation.

Unintentionalentrepreneur.com - Unintentionalentrepreneur.com is an initiative created by Outright.com and Network Solutions to support the challenges facing a unique segment of new business owners; Unintentional Entrepreneurs. With little help from the credit marketing, government, or economy, we’re a country with explosive growth amongst self-employed professionals, side business owners or freelancers who are starting and growing their own businesses. This site, unintentionalentrepreneur.com, delivers much needed resources for business growth and success to small businesses, including an online resource of articles, trips and guides for new business owners.

U.S. Small Business Administration - At this Web site you can tap into the vast and varied resources of the U.S. Small Business Administration, a government agency created by Congress in 1953 to promote the success of America's entrepreneurs and small business enterprises. This site offers general information on starting and running a business, as well as detailed information on an array of programs offered by the SBA. You can locate regional offices throughout the U.S. and its territories or even fill out a loan application online. This site also links to special sub-offices within the SBA.