Networking and Consultants
Access Business Online - Access Business Online is a comprehensive business service on the Internet. It provides business and professional people with information, communication and transactions across 20 major market areas.
Better Business Bureau - This is a useful site for entrepreneurs who want to start a business via the internet. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has introduced a program that authorizes web sites to display a BBBOnLine seal. To obtain authorization, companies must be a member of their local BBB, provide information about their ownership and management, submit to an on-site inspection, have a satisfactory complaint-handling record from the BBB, vow to respond quickly to consumer complaints, and agree to arbitration to resolve any issues regarding their online practices. Potential customers who visit a participating company's web site can click on the seal to verify that the company is a ligitimate participant in the program.
Biz Resource Group - Provides a chat room for small business owners and entrepreneurs to discuss topics of mutual interest in realtime. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
BuyersZone - At this free web site, would-be purchasers select one of 34 categories, such as color printers and answer a series of questions. The site responds with a list of vendors and models meeting the requirements. Users may then contact the manufacturer or a nearby distributor through the site.
Foundation for Enterprise Development - The Foundation for Enterprise Development is a non-profit organization that has a number of publications and products. Equity compensation encompasses all types of sharing the equity in your company with employees. Some of the products Fed offers deal specifically with issues of control and how to maintain control once you have begun to share ownership.
Idea Cafe - Idea Cafe's mission is to help entrepreneurs succeed in reaching their business and personal goals. We believe that success comes in many forms, and we aim to represent and support the diverse aspirations, talents, and interests of the small business community. Our goal is to provide accurate, helpful, and timely information and advice, in a supportive and inviting atmosphere.
Inc.com - Inc.com helps users learn how to write business plan, how to go global and all the steps in between.
IndUS Entrepreneurs - The IndUS Entrepreneurs is a non-profit global network of entrepreneurs and professionals, established to foster entrepreneurship and nuture entrepreneurs. The membership is open to professionals with an interest in entrepreneurship, either in a start-up context or within a larger company. The primary benefit of membership is networking with other entrepreneurs and professionals. Members can establish relationships that can provide them mentorship, connections to mainstream professionals, advice, especially with respect to business planning and financing strategies, and, in some cases, access to capital. As a not-for-profit organization, however, the company does not engage in venture capital investments.
International Small Business Consortium - International Small Business Consortium strives to provide a productive and professional Internet/WWW based network to help SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises') communicate about business needs, expand their markets, share their resources, knowledge and experience. Its method is to furnish one reference source for business information, resources and experts from around the world, and protected from non-productive and meaningless side issues.
National Association for the Self-Employed - The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE)exists to: keep members informed about legislative activity that matters; provide members access to the resources and specialists needed to answer questions; give small companies the same buying power large companies have; offer inspiration from other small-business people; develop the next generation of entrepreneurs; offer material to help entrepreneurs stay current with the latest news and ideas; help owners enjoy your time away from the business; protect member family's health, happiness and financial security; offer the information entrepreneurs need and want; and provide support.
National Business Incubation Association-The National Business Incubation Association is a private, not-for-profit membership organization representing the leading incubators in the U.S. Incubators nurture young entrepreneurial firms, helping them to survive and grow during the start-up period when they are most vulnerable. Incubators provide hands-on management assistance, access to financing, and exposure to critical business or technical support services. They also offer new ventures shared office services, access to equipment, flexible leases, and expandable space - usually under one roof.
National Federation of Independent Business - The National Federation of Independent Business is the nation's largest advocacy organization representing small and independent businesses. With an audited membership of more than 600,000 business owners, NFIB is a melting pot of commercial enterprise; high-tech manufacturers and family farmers, neighborhood retailers and service companies. Warning: this site is sticky.
National Minority Business Council - The National Minority Business Council, Inc. (NMBC) has been helping small, minority and women-owned businesses succeed for over a quarter century. Founded in 1972 as a full-service, non-profit (501)(c)(3) corporation, the organization is dedicated to providing business assistance, educational opportunities, seminars, purchasing exchanges, mentoring, business listings and related services to hundreds of businesses throughout the tri-state area and across the nation.
Nolo Press - Nolo's Self Help Law Center offers plain-spoken guidance on workaday, meat-and-potatoes law.
Online Women's Business Center - This is a free interactive web site for beginning and established women business owners. The North Texas Business Development Center developed this site with the cooperation of the U.S. Small Business Administration's 60+ Women's Business Centers nationwide. The site provides information on management techniques, market research, mentoring, individual counseling, and an extensive resource guide.
Qualitative Research Consultants Association - The Qualitative Research Consultants Association provides consulting with a narrower scope. Areas of expertise include Financial Services, Legal, Brand/Corporate Image, and Media.
SCORE - The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) offers free advice to entrepreneurs and small business owners. SCORE has 12,300 member volunteers nationwide. Not all members are retired, about 20% are still employed. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) sponsors SCORE. The SCORE program matches a small business that wants help to an experienced and trained volunteer. These volunteer men and women have collective experience spanning the full range of the American enterprise. They will share their expertise with present and prospective owner/managers of small business. SCORE volunteers keep all counsel confidential.
Soho America - Soho (small office & home office) America identifies itself as the small business benefits association. The web site provides reference tools and technical help, information on various types and kinds of benefits available (health insurance, etc.), news affecting small and home offices. The association offers to represent Soho interests.
TalkBiz-TalkBiz is sponsored by the Netreprenur's Digest for Small Business and Entrepreneurs. The site allows visitors to discuss topics of mutual interest. It also includes a number of links to other interesting web sites. Warning: this site is sticky.
Trade Show Central - This web site offers information on more than 10,000 trade shows world-wide at no cost. Select the topic and conduct a search by state, city, country, category, industry, or title of the show. You can also obtain material on a particular show and learn how to register.
USADATA - This site offers marketing data for use in developing sales and product strategies. Some data is available for free, such as what type of cars are selling best in Fresno, California. Paying members (reports start at $75) get customized data.
Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative - The Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative has created workshops and classes to assist entrepreneurs in every phase of their business. From their first idea, to their successful growth, WWBIC has a variety of program options available. The Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation manages over $1.5 million dollars in loan funds. These loans are available to qualified businesses owned by women, people of color, and low-income individuals operating in the state of Wisconsin. WWBIC also provides assistance in creative loan packaging and prequalification for many of the government programs.
Working Solo Online - This web site is oriented toward entrepreneurs who work alone - a home-based business owner, a telecommuter, a virtual office worker, a consultant, or any other independent professional. The site offers its Working Solo Sourcebook Online Edition, a searchable guide to more than 1,200 business resources. It also offers regular updates to those wishing to be on its mailing list.
Young Presidents' Organization - The Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) is the original dues-charging entrepreneurial peer group. All 8,000 world-wide members are presidents or chief executives under 50 years old who pay $2,000 to $6,000 a year for the priviledge of attending monthly YPO meetings to discuss business with fellow CEOs.