Business Resources . . .

Take advantage of the many local and national resources available to you at no cost . . . — SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” — U.S. Small Business Administration — 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 — Business Owners Information Toolkit — Business Owner’s Toolkit — Wall Street Journal Center for Entrepreneurs — All Around Business Advice — Inc. Magazine Business Information — Internal Revenue Service - Forms, Tax Help — Quick Read "How-to" guides on a wide variety of business issues and problems  — 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:

  Business Plan Tool from ENLOOP (Free)

  Business Plans Handbook – Sample Business Plans



Start-Up . . .

(see also Business Plan, General Business Information):

o Do I need a license? :

o Choose a business name:

              Michigan Business Entity Search:

Washtenaw Cty Assumed Names:

Wayne Cty Assumed Names:    

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

Jackson Cty Assumed Names:      

Lenawee Cty Assumed Names:

Restricted word list:  

o Register your business entity:,4539,7-255-52647_60434-271805--,00.html

o Form an LLC company:         ,4601,7-154-35299_61343_35413_35429-115005--,00.html

o Apply for an EIN:

         o Register for Mich. Taxes:       



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:                           

             U.S. Customs:                                                       

             U.S. Dept. of Commerce Export Assistance Office:

             U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Trade Supports Jobs

             U.S. Dept. of Commerce Basic Guide to Exporting:

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


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:  

Tech Brewery:


Vex Venture Exposition (For University of Michigan students):

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



         Big EZ Bookkeeping          


Business Buying & Selling:   

Company Information . . .

Crowd Funding . . .

Crowd Funding Tips

Crowd Funding Diagram

Demographic, Economic, & Census Data . . .

Financing . . . - 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


Franchise Brokers:

General Business Information:

U.S. Small Business Administration:                           

Official Business Link to the U.S. Government            

National Clearinghouse for Small Business Information:

Small Business Development Center Network:          

Michigan Business Network                                       

Wall Street Journal Center for Entrepreneurs            

All Around Business Advice                                         

Business Owners’ Information Toolkit:                       

Entrepreneur Magazine Business Information:          

Inc. Magazine Business Information:                         

General Business Information Resource:                   

"How-to" guides on a variety of business issues:     

Research Tools, Databases, other resources:           

 Advice and Steps to Starting up a Small Business:    


Find a Business Lawyer:                                            

         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:                                                 
(Patents, trademarks)

  Copyrights                                                                

        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                                                                                            

Library Resources:

        The 21st Century Library:  Business  Development:

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.

mIchigan Information:



Webinar on creating a 501(C)3 organization:!

    Patents and Trademarks:

Intellectual Property:
(Patents, trademarks)

Real Estate:

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

   I.R.S. Small Business Resource Page


Temporary Help:

Veteran’s Business Issues:


 - Business Resources for    Entrepreneurs with a disability