Small Business Development Center
At Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry
chemeketa students

Resources for Small Business

Accounting

Financial Calculators from the Financial Planning Toolkit
IRS Tax Information
IRS Self-Employed/Small Business Virtual Small Business Tax Workshop
Oregon Department of Revenue

Do I charge sales tax to Out of State/Oregon customers? (articles)
Quickbooks accounting software
Peachtree accounting software
Free Accounting Lessons
Free Bookkeeping Tutorial by the Bean Counter

Business Plans

Small Business Planner (SBA)
Business Plan Building, Section by Section
(Inc. Magazine)
Sample business plans (Business Plan Pro)
Business Owner’s Toolkit
Developing Your Business Plan

Doing Business with the Government

Office of Minority, Women and Emerging Small Business
Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN)

eBusiness and Web 2.0

HTML Beginners Guide (websitesetup.org)
Build an Online Store with Shopify
(websitesetup.org)
How to Start/Create Your Own Website
(step by step)
Domain registrar comparisons and reviews
Web hosting comparisons (cnet.com)
Internet Marketing Strategies articles (About.com)
Accepting Payments on Your Website (entrepreneur.com)
Setting up a WordPress Website (thesitewizard.com)
Customize WordPress 101 (websitesetup.org)
SEO Best and Worst Practices (pdf)
Intuit Online Marketing Toolkit
The Beginners Guide to SEO

Exit Strategies

Checklist for Closing Your Business: 20 Things You Need To Do
Closing a Business Checklist

Financing

Government loans search – a free, reputable source for federal loans information
Oregon financing resources –  Oregon Business Development Department
Financing Your Business in Oregon – excellent handbook from USDA
Mid Willamette Valley Council of  Governments – Small Business Finance
Cascades West Financial Services
Business Finance – small business loans search
Business Loan Directory
SBA Financial Assistance information
USDA Beginning Farmers loan
VIDA – Valley Individual Development Accounts
Grants.gov – a free, reputable source for federal grant information
Oregon Department of Agriculture grants information
Business Credit Card Reviews

Innovation

Patent, Copyright and Trademark information from nolo.com
Inventor’s Digest
Trademarks – Information from LegalZoom.com
US Copyright Office
US Patent and Trademark Office

International Trade

United States International Trade Commission (Dataweb Trade Stats & Tariff Tool)
Hoovers International Business Directory (fee based service)
SBDCGLOBAL.com (free online trade platform)
SBA -Take Your Business Global
U.S. Export Assistance Centers

Global Trade Information Services (fee based service)
Am I Ready to Export?
Four Ways to Learn About Exporting
Export Planner
Conducting Business Online
How to Find Valuable Stuff on Export.gov:

Insurance

Types of Business Insurance (from Business.gov)
Insuring Your Business:  5 Questions and Answers about Business Insurance
Small Business Insurance
Insurance info from the SBA
When to Get Small Business Group Health Insurance
Obtaining an Affordable Health Insurance Policy
Small Employer Health Insurance
Find Quotes on Individual and Small Business Insurance

Leases

Common Commercial Lease Terms
Negotiate the Best Lease for Your Business
Tips for Assessing the Cost of Commercial Rental
Finding a Location:  Top 10 Lease Tips
Negotiating an Office Lease for Your Business

Legal

Legal structures (sole proprietorship, LLCs, corporations, etc.)
IRS – Internal Revenue Service
Legal information for small business
Oregon State Bar – Small business legal info
‘Lectric Law Library
Sample LLC Articles of Incorporation
Oregon Business Licenses, Permits and Registrations
Find a Lawyer in Oregon – State Bar index
Salem Zoning Codes
Building Codes Division, Oregon

Management

Will It Fly? – Management best practices (free registration required)

Marketing

How to Write a Marketing Plan (KnowThis.com)
American Marketing Association
Direct Marketing Association
Nielsen
mplans.com – Free sample marketing plans
What’s Your Signage?
Google Local Business Center - Add your business to Google Maps, post online coupons, keep track of who is viewing your listing. Note:  Requires a Google Account (Free)
Oregon Chamber Directory

Miscellaneous

Entrepreneur Magazine’s Small Business Resource Center

Personnel and HR

Employer’s Guide for Doing Business in Oregon
Employer Assistance Advice Columns from Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries
Federal Employment Law Assistance online from US Department of Labor
Government benefits search tool
Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries
Oregon Employer Handbook (Information on employer tax information, etc.)
Employee or Independent Contractor?
Oregon Employment Department Resources
Payroll Tax Basics for Employers
SAIF Corporation – Worker’s Compensation
Unemployment Insurance – Employer’s responsibilities
US Department of Labor (Employment law assistance for small businesses)
US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Research

American Factfinder
CensusScope – US Census data
Easy Analytic Software Inc. (paid service)
ZoomProspector
BizMiner Industry Analysis (paid service)
BizStats (from BizMiner)
City-Data.com – City information and stats
Population Research Center (Portland State University)
Oregon Office of Economic Analysis
US Census Bureau
Biz Info Library – Market Research
Business and Finance Research- City of Salem Public Library
Consumer Expenditure Survey (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
ESRI Data (a variety of market research tools-paid service)
EconData.Net (Guide to Regional Economic Data on the web)
Oregon Labor Market Information System

Social Media

10 Ways to Use Facebook Marketing to Turn Up the Volume on Your Brand
You’re on Twitter. Now What?
5 Facebook Marketing Mistakes Small Business Owners Make
7 Ways to Increase Your Facebook Likes
How to Get Customers on Facebook and Twitter
Do Facebook Ads Get Customers?

Start-up

SBA entrepreneurial assessment tool
MERIT program
Secretary of State’s Office
How to start a business in Oregon
BizCenter – Oregon Small Business Development Centers
Oregon Chamber Directory
Business Know How
Small Business Administration
Startup Nation
My Own Business
SBA Small Business Resource Magazine (Oregon and SW Washington Edition)
She Takes on the World

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