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Articles

 

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Associations / Organizations

 

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Bar Codes / UPCs

  • GS1 US™- administers the U.P.C. and develops worldwide standards and solutions for identification numbers, data carriers, electronic commerce, and global data synchronization. After submitting certain pertinent information about your company and sales, you become a member of this organization and pay for the bar code/UPC.
  • Simply Bar Codes
  • Aurea Media

 

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Business Calculators

 

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Business for Sale

  • BizBuySell- the internet’s largest business for sale marketplace. Currently has an inventory of over 50,000 businesses for sale.
  • MergerPlace-MergerPlace.com connects business sellers with business buyers.
  • USABizMart-lists thousands of business opportunities, franchises and small businesses for sale throughout the United States. It includes resources, articles, blog and weekly online webinars through the Business for Sale Online Academy.

 

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Business Tools

  • Mint.com - Free tools to manage, save and grow your money.
  • Regus - provides business address, telephone answering, and virtual office services.
  • OnTheSystem - ways to manage a small business.
  • Meetingwizard - Free and easy to use to eliminate the masses of back and forth emails coordinating multiple people for potentially multiple meeting day/time choices!
  • WorkingPoint -an easy to use system that will manage your whole business.
  • Business Owner’s Toolkit - empowers entrepreneurs with the information, tools and advice to help start, run and grow a successful small business.
  • BizPlanit is a professional business plan consulting firm. The site provides an extensive collection of free business plan resources for entrepreneurs interested in preparing business plans.
  • BizStats - Business statistics such as financial ratios and operating ratios, turnover, profitability for sole proprietorships, employee productivity, industry averages, benchmarking tools and more.
  • Biz Tools - Administaff is a leading professional employer organization (PEO), serving as a full-service human resources department for small and medium-sized businesses throughout the United States.
  • Small Business Dictionary - gives definitions to 2,500 of the most commonly used small business terms.
  • Selecting Board Members - handy guide, easy to follow.
  • Issuu.com - allows agents to input any Word, PDF or PowerPoint document and instantly concert it into an ebook that can be stored on a website.
  • Jott - allows users to instantly convert voice mail messages into text messages.
  • Snagit - lets users take a snapshot of anything on their computer screen then store it, send it to others or create detailed graphic presentations.
  • PhoneTag - convert voice mail to text with this inexpensive service.
  • Google Voice- automatically forwards all calls to a single number, transcribes voice mail and makes voice mail messages searchable.
  • First Merchant Services - Merchant account services with free electronic cash registers.
  • SBDC listed on Wal-Mart website as a resource

 

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Computers

  • Rapid Response Computer Service -the leader in providing a variety of computer and networking services to the New Jersey (NJ) and Pennsylvania (PA) area.
  • AlternateTo.net - Find new, free or less expensive alternatives to popular software programs.

 

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Credit Report

 

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Disabilities

 

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Economic Recovery

 

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Federal

 

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Financing

  • Circle Lending - For raising and managing loans with family and friends. 800-805-2472
  • Eventuring.org - Must read for pitching angel investors.
  • How to Get A Loan - NASE Success Skills Seminar
  • Infusion Funding - If you are currently in business there are excellent financing options available to you.
  • Invest NJ - Business grant program to stimulate job creation and capital investment.
  • DRDA, PC - a tool which allows you to fund the purchase of a business, franchise, or business start-up using money in your qualified retirement without incurring taxes or penalties.
  • iBank - business loans for small business.
  • MyBizHomepage, Inc. - FREE web based financial tool.
  • ProfitCents - converts financial statements into plain language reports that include graphical analysis, trend and ration analysis, and industry comparisons.
  • Inmatrix - Credit risk management solutions.
  • NJ Angel Investors:
  • Prosper.com
  • Zopa - world’s first social finance company
  • Loanio.com - peer lending
  • Virginmoney - borrow and lend money from friends and family.
  • Lendingclub - peer lending
  • Globefunder.com
  • Tips for Seeking Small Business Funding
  • Angel Investor News - provides entrepreneurs and investors with information about private investment, technology trends and financing trends.
  • Axiom Valuation Solutions - provides independent, reliable information on what a business is worth. This site offers as a free resource IRS business activity search engine and valuation library for business owners.
  • Business Credit Services - This site provides a free, clickable online seminar and downloadable booklet on the importance of business credit.
  • BusinessFinance - offers free business funding resources and has a database of over 4,000 sources of business capital.
  • BizBuyFinancing - offers tips, articles, webinars and a blog on small business purchase financing through SBA loans and commercial financing resources.
  • CardFellow.com - a free service that helps business owners navigate the confusing subject of credit card processing. They offer the chance to select the best card processing account from mulitple credit card processing quotes under the guidance of neutral industry professionals.
  • Corporate Turnaround - Corporate Turnaround, formally Commercial Credit Counseling (CCC), restructures debt in order to save companies from bankruptcy.
  • Think-CreditCards.com - Get help choosing the right credit card for you.
  • BusinessLoanFunds.com - Comprehensive National List of Small Business Loans.

 

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Food

 

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Franchises

  • Entrepreneur FranchiseZone- articles and resources on how to start researching trends and steps in franchising.
  • Franchise 500-Entrepreneur magazine’s annual list of the top 500 franchises.
  • Franchise Info- information on buying a running a franchise.
  • International Franchise Association-IFA is a membership organization of franchisors, franchisees and suppliers.  IFA also offers a free course on Franchising Basics.
  • Step into Franchising- Numerous information regarding franchising including: Brand info, Ownership benefits, success stories, financing options, etc.
  • Vet-Fran -The International Franchise Association (IFA) is dedicated to helping “serve those who have served America” by committing to give back to our veterans, for their dedication to this country and helping to preserve our way of life.
  • FranNet - Franchising experts with offices located right in your own community.
  • American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD)
    The AAFD is a national nonprofit trade association representing the rights and interests of franchisees and independent dealers throughout the United States. AAFD’s Web site lists accredited franchisors and has a section on buying a franchise.
  • Bizquestbusiness-resale listings. The site lists opportunities in 13 franchise industries.
  • The Business Market- The Business Market has free information on hundreds of franchise opportunities for sale. Use the powerful search tools to find the ideal franchise for you.
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC)- The FTC has an online section on franchises and business opportunities. The site features franchise and business opportunity FAQs, business opportunity fraud alerts, federal and state business opportunity rights and laws and information on the FTC Franchise Rule.
  • Franchise Gator-a franchise web resource, links people with franchise opportunities through franchise and business for sale listings and an eNewsletter with the latest franchising news.
  • FranchiseHandbook.com- a quarterly publication offering franchise opportunities.
  • Franchise Solutions - allows you to identify franchises that best meet your criteria and then assists you through the investigation and due diligence process.
  • FranchiseWorks.com- free franchise information, including a directory of hundreds of franchise opportunities, business opportunities and home based businesses.
  • FranChoice- calls itself the “franchise information company” and helps entrepreneurs find the right franchising opportunity based on their goals and preferences.
  • Minority Franchising- lists companies most committed to reaching out to and supporting minority franchisees.
  • PRG’s Franchise Resources- PRG’s Web site lists franchising opportunities, resources and news.
  • MyFranchiseLaw.com - Everything legal about finding, sustaining and debuting a franchise.
  • FranchiseLawSolutions.com - Rich resource with dozens of links to registrations, articles, and information at the Federal and State level.

 

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Government Offices

 

Licenses:

 

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Housing & Economic Development

 

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Human Resources

  • Salary.com -Provides local pay rates for the best jobs and thousands of others.
  • HealthInsuranceInfo.net- This site provides consumer guides for getting and keeping health insurance in each state.
  • HRTools.com- is designed to bring relevant, practical information to small business owners to help them deal with day-to-day human resources responsibilities.
  • HR Tools- Administaff is a leading professional employer organization (PEO), serving as a full-service human resources department for small and medium-sized businesses throughout the United States.
  • PAQ Services, Inc.- PAQ offers a free dictionary of occupational titles that includes information for more than 12,000 job descriptions.
  • Salary.comprovides online compensation information and data for most industries. The site also lists thousands of job titles gathered via proprietary research and published reports. See special section for small business.
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) - provides practical, time-saving resources and tools on HR topics. SHRM members can access sample forms, policies, mission statements, job descriptions, RFPs and more than 30 HR toolkits.

FREE EMPLOYEES

  • City of Trenton Office of Employment Training - The Mayor’s Office of Employment and Training (MOET) has been in existence since March 2006 to expand the City’s job placement services to focus on helping residents including those with employment challenges overcome barriers and find jobs. To date, MOET has secured jobs for over 400 participants. Matching residents with jobs that bring both a living wage and real opportunity for growth. Employer’s incentives include, Federal Bonding, Work Opportunity Tax Credit and on the Job Training reimbursement.

 

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Insurance

 

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International Trade

Taking your business global means searching for new customers and new markets. Here are 12 places to look.

1. The Federation of International Trade Associations

2. GlobalEDGE

3. Global Trade

4. International Trade Administration, U.S Department of Commerce

5. Kompass

6. MyExports

7. Office of International Trade, SBA

8. Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

9. PIERS

10. Stat-USA/Internet

11. The U.S. Commercial Service/Buy USA

12. The U.S. Government Export Portal

 

Check out:

  • Export.gov - The Commerce Department provides technical assistance to small business on exporting to foreign countries. Also look at this resources, A Basic Guide Exporting and What Export.gov Can Do for Small Businesses.
  • Zepol Bill of Lading database.
  • EC21- a business to business marketplace that facilitates online trades between exporters and importers from all around the world.
  • Global Sourcescreates, manages and delivers information that international trading partners need to meet and do business. Global Sources Direct lets small- to medium-sized companies buy retail products directly from China.
  • Tradeeasy an international trade enabler, which incorporates both on-line and off-line marketing solutions to sellers.

 

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Labor

  • The Department of Labor - interactive exchange that allows small business owners questions about labor laws.
  • Online Wage Library of the FLC Data Center - Used by the Department of Labor for foreign labor certifications. Searches can be done using geography and position titles, offers 4 wages levels and educational/training levels generally required for the job.

 

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Legislative

 

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Marketing

Networking

Press Releases

  • Associated Press- If you have a story of national or regional significance, send your idea to a the nationwide or local AP bureau.
  • PR Toolkit – PR and press release tools and tips for small businesses.

Online Marketing

  • UStream.TV - Live interactive broadcast platform enabling people to reach an online audience of unlimited size.
  • Hootsuite.com - Preschedule your social networking updates all week, up to five accounts at once for free.

E-Mail Marketing

Marketing Directories

Do It Yourself Marketing Research

 

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Merchant Accounts

  • Payment Processing - Comprehensive information about payment processing from Chase Paymentech.

 

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Mortgages

  • Nehemiah Mortgage Program - guidelines for first time home buyers.
  • Mortgage and Loan Calculators
  • Debt.org - Learn about all facets affecting your debt, including consolidation, settlement, types of debt, real estate, veteran issues, unemployement, small business, retirement, credit repair, and creating a debt management plan.

 

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Non-Profits

 

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Patents and Trademarks

 

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Planning

  • Business Owner’s Toolkit - A comprehensive guide for small business owners to help them start, run and grow their new ventures.
  • What Is the Stock Ledger of a Corporation? Click on this link for more info.
  • Entrepreneur Press-provides practical applications covering everything from startup basics to business planning.
  • The Entrepreneur’s Help Page- Provides articles about writing a business plan, marketing tips, legal advice and information about planning office space.
  • Morebusiness.com-Offers tips on writing business plans and gives examples of business plans.
  • Meetingwizard- Free and easy to use to eliminate the masses of back and forth e-mails coordinating multiple people for potentially multiple meeting day/time choices!
  • AllBusiness- AllBusiness.com is a Web portal for small and growing businesses, with how-to articles, forms, agreements, questions-and-answers, solutions and services.
  • Bizben Blog -This business selling and buying blog gives tips on how to buy and sell a business and lists popular types of opportunities.
  • BizMiner - provides business planning and research services and includes a section on free resources to help understand industry trends.
  • BPlansThis business planning Web site provides samples business plans and tips on writing effective business plans.
  • BusinessKnowHow- provides how-to articles, newsletters, tips, tools and resources to help small business owners and franchisees start, manage and grow their business profitably.
  • How to Start a Business- This free step-by-step guide provides the right approach to starting a business and maximizing the potential for success.  It takes you from preparing yourself, setting the right goals and evaluating the potential of ideas through to starting your business. It also provides a gateway to starting an optimized website.
  • MyStrategicPlan- helps entrepreneurs build and execute their business strategies and provides free resources to help create business and strategic plans, mission statements and more.
  • StartUpNation- your one-stop shop for entrepreneurial success.
  • SmallBizAmerica.com - Where Small Business Talks! Listen to blogs on a variety of small business topics.
  • CNNMoney.com Tools - Excellent money planners for debt reduction, retirement, net worth and much more.

 

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Procurement

General

Federal

State

Municipal

 

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Publications

  • New Jersey Business Magazine
  • Chief Information Officer Magazine
  • NJBIZ is looking for people to write letters to the editor. Ideal letter writer is the owner of a small business. Letters policy: Must concern NJ business issues, keep letters to fewer than 400 words. We reserve the right to edit letters and reproduce them at njbiz.com. Please include your name and a telephone number. List your town, or if you prefer, your company’s name and location. Send letters to editorial@njbiz.com. Anyone with a question about letters can call NJBIZ editor, Sharon Waters at 732-246-5702
  • US-1
  • Portfolio.com
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Bloomberg Businessweek - 85% off online special, 26 issues for $20.

 

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Real Estate

 

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Research

 

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Student Resources

  • Ideablob.org- Where entrepreneurs and small business owners have a chance to win $10,000 each month for being voted the best idea by visitors to the site. Think of it as an on-line American Idol for business ideas. Several universities have begun to use this site in the classroom. Some faculties are having their students analyze the viability of ideas proposed at the site using techniques learned in their classes. Others are having their students develop ideas, post them at the site, and actively learn from the feedback offered by visitors to the site. Several of the monthly $10,000 winners have been college students. The ideablob.com site is a good fit for today’s college students who are active in social networking sites and prefer experiential learning. Credit to Jeff Cornwall, instructors@planningshop.com
  • Young Money
  • Help me! I’m a Student- Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Entries open for the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
  • The Coolest College Start-Ups (from Inc. Magazine)

 

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Suppliers

 

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Taxes

 

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Training

  • Associations Database
  • APTAC- provides training to members engaged in providing procurement technical assistance services.
  • The Entrepreneur’s Source- a nationwide coaching firm that assists individuals who are curious about or exploring self-employment and franchising as career alternatives.
  • The FAMEE Foundation- extensive online training courses, a consultant certification program, and more.
  • Small Business Institute, Inc. - Training, products, and consulting.
  • Small Biz U-Interactive, online products that help entrepreneurs plan, fund and learn the basics of small business management.
  • Lynda.com-Online training
  • Venureneer.com - Provides online education & peer support for entrepreneurs and business leaders.
  • OnlineMBAPrograms.org - In depth collection of information about locations, options, selection process, discussions, statistics, articles, and other issues regarding gaining MBA credentials online. .

 

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Travel Planning

 

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Web Site Development & Hosting

  • Free Report “Worst Website Design Mistakes 2008″
  • NetCetra - Hosting, design, internet marketing, database, A/V streaming, Interactive CD Roms.
  • WebHostingBuzz.com Wiki Page - Collection of articles and tutorials about common website hosting and networking configuration issues.

 

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Women in Business

 

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Zip Codes and Area Codes

 

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