Business Information Resources
Reliable business information for beginning and veteran small business and home business owners. All books and web links have been reviewed by Business Odyssey or its associates. Here you will find:
to help you start and profitably manage your small business
- web links to government, general business information and industry resources
- libraries where you can find information about your community information and databases
Need to know regulations (Ohio) about incorporating or registering a trade name? Or where to get the appropriate forms to start a business? Looking for information on the economy, your community, your industry? Here are links to reliable business information sources.
Regulations & Forms
The 1st Stop Business Connection on the Ohio Department of Development web site provides FREE state-level business information needed to get started or continue on your entrepreneurial journey. You'll be guided through simple steps to create a business information kit containing the basic information, regulations and forms specifically for your business. You will still need to check federal and local regulations before starting your business. You can download your kit or have it e-mailed to you.
http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/businessservices/corp.aspx?Section=104 To check on business name availability, click on Search Database.
Internal Revenue Service. Click on Businesses.
US Patent & Trademark Office.
US Small Business Administration - access to business license info for other states as well as general business information, business research, financing programs, and training.
Library of Congress - Copyright Office and research on business information as well as a wide variety of subjects.
General Business Resources
www.startupjournal.com Wall Street Journal Small Business web page.
www.inc.com Inc. Magazine.
www.usps.gov United States Postal Service.
http://smallbiz.biz.findlaw.com Legal services and related business information.
www.knowx.com access to a variety of public records for a fee.
Statistics, Demographics, etc.
Google is an excellent search engine - try searching on your town or state. You can often find good business information and data in these locations.
www.census.gov/main/access.html Census data - Quick Facts
www.csuohio.edu Census data reports for Northeast Ohio and other areas through NODIS in the Cleveland State University Urban Studies Research area
Search Google on trade associations using key words relevant to your areas of interest. (Example: www.restaurant.org)
Universities - many have faculty and student research posted as well as data gathered in research projects and links to other sources of business information. If you know of a college or university which has a strong program in the business area that is of interest to you, try browsing that web site for information. Also, check to see if there is a research department which publishes papers or offers research services to businesses. For example, the University of Akron web site has a listing of departments under the heading of "Research." This link will take you to that part of the UA site: www.uakron.edu/offices_departments/?cat=109665
Library web sites often contain access to data bases, community business information, and local demographics as well as other community and library resources.
www1.cuyahoga.lib.oh.us Cuyahoga County Libraries
www.oplin.lib.oh.us Ohio Public Library Network web site
www.cpl.org Cleveland Public Library
www.lkwdpl.org Lakewood Public Library
www.ipl.org The Internet Public Library is operated by the School of Information at the University of Michigan and sponsored by Intel and Sun Microsystems. This portal will lead you to some of the best informational web sites and resources out there.
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