Business Resources . . .

Take advantage of the many local and national resources available to you at no cost . . .

www.score.org — SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business”

www.sba.gov — U.S. Small Business Administration

www.business.usa.gov — A product of collective thoughts and inputs from various government agencies who have pledged their                                           commitment to making this site a one-stop shop for everything related to business in the USA


www.toolkit.cch.com — Business Owners Information Toolkit

www.bizfilings.com/toolkit/index.aspx — Business Owner’s Toolkit

www.startupjournal.com — Wall Street Journal Center for Entrepreneurs

www.shoretelsky.com/resources/business-resources-for-entrepreneurs-with-disabilities


www.allbusiness.com — All Around Business Advice

www.inc.com — Inc. Magazine Business Information

www.irs.gov/smallbiz — Internal Revenue Service - Forms, Tax Help

www.work.com — Quick Read "How-to" guides on a wide variety of business issues and problems

https://support.google.com/business/?hl=en&_ga=1.255166344.104404048.1471272033#topic=4539639  — Google and SBA Launch "Tools for Online Success" Partnership to Boost Small Businesses. The "Tools for Online Success" site features tutorials, video testimonials, and tips from savvy small business people who have leveraged the web to become more efficient, more cost-effective, and more successful.

 

 


Business Plans . . .

Ann Arbor SCORE Business Plan Guide 

 Ann Arbor SCORE Balance Sheet Template

Ann Arbor SCORE Income Statement Template

Ann Arbor SCORE Cash Flow Statement Template

  Small Business Administration Online Tool:   www.sba.gov/business-plan/1

  Business Plan Tool from ENLOOP (Free)       www.enloop.com

  Business Plans Handbook – Sample Business Plans  www.referenceforbusiness.com/business-plans/

 

 

Start-Up . . .

(see also Business Plan, General Business Information):
                        www.entrepreneur.com/toolkit

o Do I need a license? :  www.michigan.org/medc/services/license

o Choose a business name:
                       http://www.michigan.gov/business/0,4539,7-255-52647_60434-271780--,00.html

              Michigan Business Entity Search:       www.cis.state.mi.us/bcs_corp/sr_corp.asp

Washtenaw Cty Assumed Names:      papp2.co.washtenaw.mi.us/busnames/BN_Main.htm

Wayne Cty Assumed Names:              www.waynecounty.com/clerk_srvcs_anames.htm

Livingston Cty Assumed Names:         Livingston County Clerk’s Office, (517) 546-8177

Jackson Cty Assumed Names:      

Lenawee Cty Assumed Names:

Restricted word list:            www.cis.state.mi.us/bcsc/forms/corp/pub/restrict.pdf

o Register your business entity:        www.michigan.gov/business/0,4539,7-255-52647_60434-271805--,00.html

o Form an LLC company:                   www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-35299_61343_35413_35429-115005--,00.html

o Apply for an EIN:  http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Employer-ID-Numbers-EINs

         o Register for Mich. Taxes:                 www.michigan.gov/treasury

  

 

Banks Making SBA Loans . . .

University Bank (Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti area)

University Bank has the expertise and the resources to provide complete loan packages for most local businesses. Proceeds can be used to fund equipment purchases, business acquisitions or expansion, finance permanent working capital or purchase real estate. The benefits of an SBA loan includes: longer maturity terms than conventional loan, lower down payments on fixed assets, SBA fees can be financed into the loan and its easier to qualify than conventional loans.


Import/Export . . .

             Michigan District Export Council:                                     www.exportmichigan.biz

             U.S. Customs:                                                                 www.cbp.gov/

             U.S. Dept. of Commerce Export Assistance Office:          www.buyusa.gov/greatlakes

             U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Trade Supports Jobs        www.traderoots.org

             U.S. Dept. of Commerce Basic Guide to Exporting:         www.unzco.com/basicguide

          federal agencies collaborated to combine their trade finance programs and export marketing
                  services into a one-stop platform: the U.S. Global Business Solutions.

              
http://www.sba.gov/community/blogs/official-sba-news-and-views/open-business/launch-us-global-business-solutions-pilot-

Other Recommended Resources . . .

SCORE evaluates the offerings from various service providers. Although SCORE has evaluated the services of the listed providers, SCORE does not endorse the purchase of products or services from any specific provider. SCORE urges you to compare products, services and prices before making a purchase decision.

Accountants / CPA’s:                      Ask your SCORE Counselor for a list of accountants that are recommended by the Ann Arbor                                                       Area Chamber of Commerce.

Michigan Business Incubator Association: www.michiganincubation.org  

Tech Brewery: www.techbrewery.org

TechArb: www.annarbor.com/tag/TechArb

Vex Venture Exposition (For University of Michigan students): www.mpowered.umich.edu/eres/


Accounting Software . . . (don’t invest money until you’ve discussed with your accountant)

Quickbooks:                               www.quickbooks.intuit.com

Peachtree:                                 na.sage.com/sage-50-accounting-us         

         Big EZ Bookkeeping                    www.bigez.com

 

Business Buying & Selling:             www.bizquest.com


Company Information . . .

www.hoovers.com

www.business.com

www.thomasregister.com


Crowd Funding . . .

Crowd Funding Tips

Crowd Funding Diagram


Demographic, Economic, & Census Data . . .

www.easidemographics.com

www.census.gov

www.bea.doc.gov

www.esa.doc.gov


Financing . . .

www.michigancdc.org

Debt.org - information for entrepreneurs and small business owners,
ranging from how to deal with day-to-day operations to how you can
seperate your personal finances from your small business


Franchising:

www.centercourt.com

www.franchise.org


Franchise Brokers:

www.Frannet.com

www.FranChoice.com

General Business Information:

U.S. Small Business Administration:                                     www.sba.gov

Official Business Link to the U.S. Government                      www.business.gov

National Clearinghouse for Small Business Information:     sbdcnet.org

Small Business Development Center Network:                    www.asbdc-us.org

Michigan Business Network                                                 www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com

Wall Street Journal Center for Entrepreneurs                      www.startupjournal.com

All Around Business Advice                                                   www.allbusiness.com

Business Owners’ Information Toolkit:                                 www.toolkit.cch.com

Entrepreneur Magazine Business Information:                    www.entrepreneur.com

Inc. Magazine Business Information:                                   www.inc.com

General Business Information Resource:                             www.referenceforbusiness.com

"How-to" guides on a variety of business issues:               www.work.com

Research Tools, Databases, other resources:                     www.academicinfo.net/business

 Advice and Steps to Starting up a Small Business:              www.ecommerce.shopify.com/guides/build-a-business-2012

Legal:

Find a Business Lawyer:                                                      www.findlaw.com

         Attorneys - These attorneys have pledged to provide one hour of free legal advice to Ann Arbor SCORE clients
             Attorney List  PDF file (26 KB)

Intellectual Property:                                                           www.uspto.gov
(Patents, trademarks)

  Copyrights                                                                          www.copyright.gov

        A free brochure giving an overview of Intellectual property law (patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets) and
           related business transactions is available through the Brinks Hofer law firm web site
           
www.brinkshofer.com/resource_center/8


          University of Detroit Intellectual Property Clinic - Potential free intellectual property legal help for eligible clients                                                                                                      www.law.udmercy.edu/index.php/clinic-services

Library Resources:

        The 21st Century Library:  Business  Development: http://youtu.be/61P5phllDTI


LLC Operating Agreements

        Pro Forma Operating Agreement Example - Word Document, 43 Pages

    

Marketing:

         Postcardmania is a marketing company. They have the knowledge and expertise to help you implement an advertising           campaign effectively in order to increase your overall return on investment. They offer a wide variety of services, such as           Postcards, Website development, PayPerClick, Email marketing, etc. Their goal is to really understand your company and
          find the best products and services to benefit you and the needs of your business.

www.gmarketing.com

www.mplans.com

mIchigan Information:

           www.michigan.gov/


Non-Profits:

Webinar on creating a 501(C)3 organization: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e88bbb6b4a71f181&llr=f8crkjkab#!


    Patents and Trademarks:

Intellectual Property:         www.uspto.gov
(Patents, trademarks)


Real Estate:

Real Estate Calculator - An essential tool when planning to buy, hold, or sell income property 

Taxes:
      
   I.R.S. Small Business Resource Page     www.irs.gov/smallbiz
      
   www.michigan.gov/treasury
       

Temporary Help:

www.elanceonline.com

www.guru.com

Veteran’s Business Issues:

        www.vetbiz.gov  

 - Business Resources for    Entrepreneurs with a disability