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Starting a Business

Business USA has information about writing a business plan, financing your start up, buying a franchise, getting licenses and permits, applying for patents and copyrights, and much more.  They also have sections on managing, growing, and selling your business.

My Own Business is a non-profit organization that offers no-nonsense advice on starting and managing a new business or franchise.  There is a top 10 list of do's and don'ts when starting a business, a free 12-session online business course, help with taxes, insurance, finance,  finding the right business and location, and expanding your business.

CCH Inc. Business Owner’s Toolkit Great website for step-by-step instruction on starting a small business.  Discusses how to decide what type of business to start and covers business planning, financing, taxation, management, personnel, marketing and other topics of interest to anyone starting a business. Small Business Training Network from the Small Business Administration, has dozens of free online courses designed to help from the pre-venture stage through a business' growth and expansion.  There is an events calendar with free and low-cost seminars listed, a library, and links to universities offering online business courses.  There are numerous resources for financing, including sections for women, minorities, and veterans, and sections on managing and planning, as well as business opportunities and disaster recovery.
Home Business Research is specifically designed for helping home-based online businesses.  They provide all the traditional tools needed to start and grow a business, with additional information about computers, software, and other technology to help develop and market your products or services online. Small Business How-to Guide offers business plan tools and the latest business and technology news, as well as a wealth of advice on starting a business, franchising, management, financing, marketing and more.

Small Business Resources

African American Business Resources on the Web This list from the Library of Congress features business websites for, by, or of interest to African Americans and some other minorities, covering the basics of starting a business, finding funding sources, as well as management, marketing and demographics, and more.

SBA's Office of Women's Business Ownership The website version of this popular magazine offers feature's and columns for small business owners and startups.  Users can also sign up for newsletters and join social networks for business owners.

SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Find information on the laws governing employer/ employee relations, how to apply for a license, and check other businesses and individuals to find if they are licensed.

Department of Commerce: Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
The OSDBU is responsible for promoting the use of small businesses in prime and subcontracting opportunities in accordance with Federal laws, regulations and policies and the use of products from the National Industries for the Blind.  This site provides valuable information to assist in marketing and educational efforts.
SCORE The Service Corps of Retired Executives is a free, non-profit service offered to all US citizens and green card holders.  Both retired and currently working professionals volunteer their time to mentor the next generation of entrepreneurs, with one-on-one confidential counseling, mentoring, and free or low-cost workshops.  Visit one of the four upstate locations, or ask a question online and get a response within 48 hours from one of 800 counselors nation-wide.

Minority Business Development Agency The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce is the only federal agency dedicated to advancing the establishment and growth of minority-owned firms in the United States.

Small Business Administration This well-organized site covers starting, financing, and managing a small business, and has a great "Business Opportunities" area with an "Ask SBA" toll-free number, list of FAQ's, glossary, and much more.
National Association of Women Business Owners NAWBO is a one-stop resource to propelling women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres worldwide.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Small/Disadvantaged Business Utilization
The OSDBU is responsible for ensuring that small businesses are treated fairly and that they have an opportunity to compete and be selected for a fair amount of the Agency's prime and subcontracting opportunities.

National Black Chamber of Commerce The NBCC is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity within the United States and via interaction with the Black Diaspora.

State Resources

SCBOS South Carolina Business One Stop SC Department of Commerce
SC- State Workforce Investment Board


Small Business Administration - South Carolina District Office
SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce


South Carolina Secretary of State
SC Library Network of Business Resources Wiki South Carolina Small Business Development Center
Governor's Office of Small and Minority Business Assistance

National Resources

Department of Commerce Provides information and news on the current state of the economy.  Also included is a section on trade in the United States and economic development and analysis.

Library of Congress: Business Reference Services Although most of the LOC resources are available only offline, they also have an extensive Internet Resources page that covers 75 business topics, including "Accounting," "Labor," "Demographics," "Exporting/Importing," "Legal Resources," "Franchises," "Trade Shows," and "Nonprofit Organizations."

Economics and Statistics Administration: Dept. of Commerce The ESA is the bureau within the U.S. Department of Commerce where economic and social changes are chronicled and explained. Many political and business decisions are based upon the economic and demographic information produced by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, US Census Bureau, and STAT-USA.

Securities and Exchange Commission: EDGAR All companies, foreign and domestic, are required to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms electronically through EDGAR. Anyone can access and download this information for free. Here you'll find links to a complete list of filings available through EDGAR and instructions for searching the EDGAR database.

United States Census Bureau US government's largest statistics agency. If you are looking to start a new business, check out the data on demographics, population, housing, income and more for the areas you are interested in.  

Grant Writing

The Foundation Center: Grant Space  This short guide on writing grant proposals is provided by the The Foundation Center. The material was excerpted from The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, 3rd ed. (New York: The Foundation Center, 2001), by Jane C. Geever, chairman of the development consulting firm, J. C. Geever, Inc.  Also en Español. Non-Profit Guide to Grantwriting  This is a very useful site that provides detailed information and guidance about the grant writing process. Included topics are: Funding Proposal Summary; Full Funding Proposal Detail; Sample Inquiry Letter; Sample Cover Letter & Sheet; Sample Grant Budget; Introduction to Sample Grant Applications; Sample Private Grant Application; Sample Public Planning Grant Application; Sample Public Implementation Grant Application; and Links to Grant Makers. is a great place to start looking for federal grant information.  Search grant opportunities by category or agency, or by keyword.  Download application packets, and find advice in their Customer Support area about applying, get answers to commonly asked questions, and find email and phone contact information.  You can also sign up for their email newsletter if you want to keep up with the latest federal grant information.


International Business Websites

Academy of International Business  The Academy of International Business is the leading global community of scholars for the creation and dissemination of knowledge about international business and policy issues.

Department of State: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs  The EEB formulates and carries out US foreign economic policy, integrating US economic interests with our foreign policy goals so that US firms and investors can compete on an equal basis with their counterparts overseas.

Center for International Private Enterprise  (CIPE), an affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce, works to build democracy and market economies throughout the world.  One recent grants program supports over 90 indigenous organizations in developing countries.

International Trade Center ITC, works with developing countries and economies in transition to set up effective trade promotion programs for expanding their exports and improving their import operations.

Council for International Business  Founded in 1945 to promote an open world trading system, now among the premier pro-trade, pro-market liberalization organizations, an active membership base of over 300 multinational companies, law firms, and business associations, provides unparalleled access to international policy makers and regulatory authorities.

The Internationalist The business directory provided here is extensive; it contains important links to government and legal information. Trade shows, conferences, and leads are a unique feature of this site.

Country Cultures, Demographics, Maps

CIA: The World Factbook, Countries’ Demographics, Maps  Includes background information and statistics on every country in the world, including sections on each country's geography, people, government, economy, military, communications, transportation, and national and international issues.

Department of State: Background Notes, Countries’ Demographics  Find out about the current political, social, and economic situation of every country in the world, as well as its history, people, geography, and the US embassy locations and other American posts in that country.

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Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce

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