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.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.
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/
(see also Business Plan, General Business Information):
o Do I need a license? : www.michigan.org/medc/services/license
o Choose a business name:
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 Register for Mich. Taxes: www.michigan.gov/treasury
Banks Making SBA Loans . . .
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.
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.
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
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)
Big EZ Bookkeeping www.bigez.com
Business Buying & Selling: www.bizquest.com
Company Information . . .
Crowd Funding . . .
Demographic, Economic, & Census Data . . .
Financing . . .
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
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
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
University of Detroit Intellectual Property Clinic - Potential free intellectual property legal help for eligible clients www.law.udmercy.edu/index.php/clinic-services
The 21st Century Library: Business Development: http://youtu.be/61P5phllDTI
LLC Operating Agreements
Pro Forma Operating Agreement Example - Word Document, 43 Pages
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find the best products and services to benefit you and the needs of your business.
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
Real Estate Calculator - An essential tool when planning to buy, hold, or sell income property
Veteran’s Business Issues:
- Business Resources for Entrepreneurs with a disability