Resource Providers and Helpful Links

AcademicInfo
http://www.academicinfo.net/business
AcademicInfo is an online education resource center with extensive subject guides and distance learning information. Our mission is to provide free, independent and accurate information and resources for prospective and current students (and other researchers).

AEO (Association for Enterprise Opportunity)
1111 16th Street NW, Suite 410
Washington, DC 20036
voice (202) 650-5580
http://microenterpriseworks.org
Click this link to find Micro Enterprise Programs in your state.
AEO is a national membership organization and voice of microenterprise development in the United States. For nearly two decades, AEO and its hundreds of member organizations have helped more than two million entrepreneurs support themselves and their families and contribute to their communities through business ownership.

Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC)
PO Box 1255
Camden, Maine 04843
voice (207) 236-9753
info@awbc.biz  
http://awbc.org/
The Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC) is a national nonprofit representing women’s business centers and women business owners. Founded in 1998, the AWBC supports entrepreneurial development among women as a way to achieve economic self-sufficiency, create wealth and participate in economic development through education, training, mentoring, business development and financing opportunities.

Business Degree Online.com
http://www.businessdegreeonline.com
An extensive directory (over 46,000 total programs) of both online and campus-based business degree and certificate programs from accredited colleges and universities across the US. It includes everything from Associate Degree programs, Bachelors in Business, and MBA programs to PhD / Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programs.

Business Know-How
http://www.businessknowhow.com/
Small Business Ideas, Advice and Resources

BUZGate
http://www.buzgate.org
Buzgate.org is an award-winning public service initiative created to facilitate awareness, access and use of free small business help offered by America's government and nonprofit small business assistance agencies on a local, regional and national scale.

ChooseWhat.com
This website has a business checklist on its front page that gives the 22 main steps to starting your own business. It's a good combination of simplicity and thoroughness. Other detailed articles give people more information if they want to learn more.
http:www.choosewhat.com

DED Business Tool Kit
State of Nebraska Department of Economic Development
Existing Business Assistance Division
P.O. Box 94666 - 301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509-4666 USA
voice (800) 426-6505
FAX (402) 471-3778
http://www.neded.org/business/start-a-business
The Department of Economic Development's (DED) Business Tool Kit represents a comprehensive listing of resource and technical information websites for businesses.

Ed2Go Online Training
http://www.ed2go.com/reapwbc
A full slate of affordable online classes to help build your small business or educate yourself about finances, marketing, computers, software. Classes provided through our REAP Women's Business Center.

Find Accounting Software
FindAccountingSoftware.com - a free service for finding top accounting and business options.
What is a Small Business?  - survey results revealing what most people mean by the term "small business."
ROI Calculator - calculates the potential ROI of investing in new software based on expected labor savings.

GROW Nebraska
PO Box 7
Holbrook NE 68948
voice (888) 476-9632
http://www.grownebraska.org
GROW Nebraska™ is a non-profit organization, whose mission is focused on creating sustainable economic development by supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses through promotion, market access and education.

Heritage Nebraska: Main Street and Preservation
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Heritage-Nebraska-Nebraska-Main-Street/60677044623
Heritage Nebraska facebook page combining information about the Nebraska Main Street Program and the Nebraska statewide preservation organization.

IRS Small Business/Self-employed
http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/index.html
The Internal Revenue Service is an excellent one-stop website for small business.

IRS Tax Center
http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/industries/index.html
The Internal Revenue Service Tax Center has extensive information for businesses, including these sections:
     Overview
     Getting Started
     IRS Forms and Publications
     Electronic Filing
     Employees
     Talk With The IRS
     Learning Center
     Resources
     Abusive Tax Schemes
     Resources for Specific Communities

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
53 Century Blvd., Suite 250
Nashville, TN 37221
voice (800) 634-2669
http://www.nfib.com/page/home
NFIB is the largest advocacy organization representing small and independent businesses in Washington, D.C., and all 50 state capitals. NFIB's purpose is to impact public policy at the state and federal level and be a key business resource for small and independent business in America.

Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC)
voice (402) 554-2521
http://nbdc.unomaha.edu/home.cfm
Through 25 years of service to the business community in Nebraska and to higher education in Nebraska, the Nebraska Business Development Center has amassed thousands of small victories that together mean a better economy and a better life for all Nebraskans. Beginning with a focus on small businesses through the U.S. Small Business Administration's Small Business Development Center program and expanding through technology training, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Procurement Technical Assistance Program, the Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center, Business Training, and other programs, NBDC has touched businesses and communities throughout Nebraska. It has assisted businesses through economic distress and expansion and has enhanced the skills of thousands of people working in those businesses.

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ)
1200 "N" Street, Suite 400
PO Pox 98922
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
voice (402) 471-2186
http://www.deq.state.ne.us/
The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality was created pursuant to passage of the Nebraska Environmental Protection Act in 1971. Although the Department has grown and been given additional responsibilities over the years, its ongoing mission has remained the same - the protection of Nebraska’s air, land and water resources.

Nebraska Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO)
1610 S. 70th Street, Suite 201
Lincoln, NE 68506
voice (402) 483-4600
Fax (402) 483-4623
www.nedcoloans.org
The Nebraska Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO) assists businesses by providing long term, lower rate financing for their growth and development. NEDCO participates with all Nebraska banks to provide financing for the acquisition of land, building, and equipment or the construction of a new building. NEDCO was established in 1987 and licensed as a Certified Development Company (CDC) by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to offer the SBA 504 Loan Program.

Nebraska Enterprise Fund
223 North Oakland Avenue
Oakland, NE 68045
voice (402) 685-5500
FAX (402) 685-5550
nef@nebbiz.org
http://www.nebbiz.org
The Nebraska Enterprise Fund is a statewide financial intermediary dedicated to supporting microenterprise practitioners. In 1997 the Nebraska Microenterprise Partnership Fund became incorporated as a 501(c)(3) and became a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in 1998. In 2008, the Partnership Fund name was changed to Nebraska Enterprise Fund. The Nebraska Enterprise Fund raises funds from various national- and state-level sources and then awards grants, loans, and related products to microenterprise programs through an annual “request for proposal” process.

Nebraska.Gov
http://www.nebraska.gov
Nebraska’s official government website.

Nebraska Small Business Guide
http://www.business.gov/states/nebraska/
Business.gov, the official business link to the U.S. Government, is managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in a partnership with 21 other federal agencies. This partnership, known as Business Gateway, is a Presidential E-government initiative that provides a single access point to government services and information to help the nation’s businesses with their operations.

Opportunity Finance Network (OFN)
Public Ledger Building
620 Chestnut Street, Suite 572
Philadelphia, PA 19106
voice (215) 923-4754
Fax (215) 923-4755
http://www.opportunityfinance.net
info@opportunityfinance.net
Opportunity Finance Network is the leading network of private financial intermediaries identifying and investing in opportunities to benefit low-income and low-wealth people in the U.S. Our financing delivers both sound financial returns and real changes for people and communities.

Patent Research
A web visitor let us know about two free sites for patent research, http://www.sumobrain.com and http://www.freepatentsonline.com
These sites offer free patent searching with free PDF downloading, annotating documents, organizing research into folders, sharing documents with other users, and alerts for new documents of interest.

SBA Online Women's Business Center
Office of Women's Business Ownership
Small Business Administration
409 Third Street SW, Fourth Floor
Washington, DC 20416
voice (202) 205-6673
owbo@sba.gov
https://www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/wbo
The Office of Women's Business Ownership (OWBO) assists women achieve their dreams and improve their communities by helping them start and run successful businesses, regardless of social or financial disadvantage, race, ethnicity or business background. OWBO and the Women’s Business Center Program are integral components of Entrepreneurial Development’s network of training and counseling services.

SBA Nebraska District Office
10675 Bedford Ave, Suite 100
Omaha NE 68154
voice (402) 221-4691
FAX (402) 221-3680
http://www.sba.gov/ne/
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

Small Business Administration (SBA)
409 3rd St. S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20416
Metro: Federal Center SW
voice 800-827-5722
http://www.sba.gov
http://www.sba.gov/services/training/index.html

Start Up Nation
www.startupnation.com
"A website for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs." The site features success stories, step-by=step advice, tips, newsletters, blogs, forums, etc.

U.S. Census Bureau Educational Training Resources
http://www.census.gov/mso/www/training/
Their free courses can teach you how to use databases and mapping tools and find local and national demographic information for a variety of uses including economic data statistics for business plans. 

Women's Business Resources
http://www.commercialcapitaltraining.com/business-resources/business-ideas/womens-business-resources/
Business Training Education Center for Women


Small Business Directories

The Veterans Business Directory
http://www.vetfriends.com/biz1
A nationwide directory of Veteran services, products and Veteran owned companies.

The Small Business Resource and Communication Guide
http://www.shoretelsky.com/resources/small-business-resource-and-communication-guide/
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