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General Guides
Company Information
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Demographics
Articles
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Patents, Trademarks, Copyright
Venture Capital, Financing
Exporting, Importing
Taxes
Miscellaneous Data
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General Guides

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Business Dept. links to guides on business plans, a business plans index, and selected resources for smallbusiness.
has a synopsis of a classic business plan, "The Finestkind Seafood".
A joint venture of the U.S. Dept. of Labor & the U.S. SBA, this site for women entrepreneurs links to federal sources of access to capital, contracts, healthcare, and other major issues for small business owners.
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development links to many resources for starting and growing a business in Pennsylvania.
City of Pittsburgh offers forms for registering new businesses.
The Pennsylvania Corporation Bureau offers all the state forms for business names and corporate registration. This agency discusses the pros and cons of each form of business and links to: www.paopen4business.state.pa.us/ Pennsylvania Open for Business, where you can retrieve all the forms you need to do business in Pennsylvania.
The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance links to local entrepreneurial resources and data.
U.S. Small Business Administration offers business planning and financing advice and guidelines.
SCORE offers free counseling for entrepreneurs. (SCORE counselors are available onsite every Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Business Services Department of the Library Center.)
Small Business Development Centers
in the Pittsburgh area offer training and consulting programs for developing and growing small businesses:
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has a Small Business Assistance Program that assists small businesses with regulatory compliance and provides information about cost saving pollution prevention practices.
actual business plans on the web.
Interactive Business Planner online, free registration.
U.S. Dept. of Labor information on labor laws.
Jay Conrad Levinson, marketing guru, offers excellent marketing tips and tales.

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Company Information: Competitors, Customers, Contacts

Switchboard locates businesses by name or by type.
12 million companies, by name or yellow page heading; more information available onsite at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Business Dept. and the Science & Technology Dept. in Oakland.
Reverse lookup by phone number, for both companies and individuals.
AT&T AnyWho Info, toll-free directory.
www.thomasregional.com
U.S. and Canadian manufacturers, searchable by name, product, and brand name, with links to company websites and catalogs; offers more information per company than the print directory.
Finds lawyers by name, area of practice or location.

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Organizations

Associations Unlimited describes local, national, and international associations; Your library card number will allow you access from home or office; print version (Encyclopedia of Associations) is available in most public libraries. Excellent source of industry data.
Websites of local organizations.

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Demographics

U.S. Census Bureau offers extraordinary data on population and businesses.
U.S. Census Bureau offers extraordinary data on population and businesses.
The Economic Census profiles the US economy every 5 years, from the national to the local level, with reports for all geographic areas and all sectors.
County Business Patterns, annual, provides the number of businesses by county or zip code within SIC or NAICS code; useful for determining numbers of customers or competitors.

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Articles in Magazines

INFOTRAC (Business and Company Resource Center), and EBSCOhost (Business Source Elite), PROMT and the RDS Database are electronic indexes with full-text coverage of trade and business newspapers and magazines. Find exhaustive articles and data on markets, industries and companies in every line of business. INFOTRAC, EBSCO & PROMT can be accessed offsite with a library card #. RDS is onsite in the Business Dept.
Bizjournals.com has full-text articles in over 38 city business newspapers including the Pittsburgh Business Times.
Entrepreneur Magazine offers the full-text of its current issue with daily updates and interesting tips on all aspects of starting, running and expanding a business.
This magazine focuses on businesses in the New Economy.
Inc. Magazine calls itself the "web site for growing companies", and offers practical advice for small businesses.

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Contracts

City of Pittsburgh Purchasing Services.
Allegheny County Purchasing Dept.
Pennsylvania state contracts.
The FedBizOpps (formerly Commerce Business Daily) lists federal contracts.

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Patents, Trademarks, Copyright

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Reference Services in Oakland is a Patent and Trademark Depository Library.
The Copyright Office has application information and forms on the web.
The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office offers detailed specifications for each patent back to 1790, and trademark registrations for thousands for products.

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Venture Capital, Financing

Choose Pittsburgh from the list of districts
Western Pennsylvania District Small Business Resource Guide describes loan packages available.
Local and national venture capital firms.
Innovation Works invests in qualified local high technology enterprises.
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance tracks federal grant and loan programs for entrepreneurs.

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Exporting, Importing

Local, state and national sources of information on exporting and importing.
The U.S. Commercial Service offers trade leads and country analyses for exporting opportunities.
A Basic Guide to Exporting.
Country and international industry profiles; onsite at our Business Dept. downtown and our Social Sciences Dept. in Oakland.

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Taxes

City of Pittsburgh taxes and forms.
The Pennsylvania Dept. of Revenue provides personal and business tax forms and publications as well as information on all Pennsylvania tax rates.
The Internal Revenue Service provides tax forms & publications and answers personal and business tax questions.

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Miscellaneous Data

Quicken offers tips, data and general information on investing, mortgage, insurance, taxes, banking and retirement.
useful financial ratios, business statistics & benchmarks for online analysis of businesses & industries.
The Consumer Price Index is a measure of inflation, often a gauge for salary and rent increases.
Foreign exchange for every country back to 1990, by Olsen & Associates.

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Popular Search Engines

is a favorite for business searches.
Also useful are:
Last modified Friday January 07 2005.

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