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April 2011

Trade Shows

Trade Show News Network
www.tsnn.com
Contains directories of trade shows, exhibitions, and conferences; suppliers; and venues. Includes related links for exhibitors and attendees (tips). Free registration required for some parts of site.

The Entrepreneurship section of ipl.org
www.ipl.org

ExpoWorld.net
www.expoworld.net
A search engine linking to over 1000 of the most important tradeshow/event-related websites and web databases serving the events and international trade communities worldwide. Searchable, and browsable by category.

Marketing/Market Research

KnowThis.com: Knowledge Source for Marketing
www.knowthis.com
A resource and reference site for those involved in marketing, market research, advertising, selling, promotion, and other marketing-related areas. Includes feature articles, a tutorial on writing a market plan, and links to articles, marketing magazines, newspapers, and professional organizations. See especially the searchable weblinks collection http://www.knowthis.com/weblinks-collection/

Nielsen
http://www.nielsen.com/us/en.html
Information from a major marketing & media information company.

American FactFinder
http://factfinder.census.gov
Uses Census Bureau data--population, housing, economic, and geographic--to create tables, reports, and maps down to the census block level. Data sets are listed by program area (census or survey) and year. Site includes community profiles; data on age, education, income, and race; home values, ownership, and mortgage information; and information on foreign trade, governments, and housing starts. Searchable by keyword or place name. Includes tutorials and a glossary.

Small Business Generally

Small Business Administration: Free Online Courses
www.sba.gov/services/training/onlinecourses
Collection of online tutorials for small businesses. In general, the courses are all self-paced and should take about 30 minutes to complete. Most of the courses require a brief online registration. Topics include planning, management, finance and accounting, marketing and advertising, government contracting, risk management and cyber security, e-commerce, international trade, federal tax training, and retirement. Some material also available in Spanish. From the U.S. Small Business Administration.

SBDCNet: National Information Clearinghouse
http://sbdcnet.org
Provides links of interest to the new entrepreneur, the established small business owner, and the business researcher including: business plans, industry information, associations, Spanish language business documents, and publications. From the Small Business Development Center (SBDCNET), a program of the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA). See especially Industry Information Links, a listing of links to resources classified under approximately 40 broad industry headings e.g. Agriculture; Crafts; Elderly; Home Services; etc. Drill down for more specificity e.g. Under Agriculture, more specific resources provided for Agricultural Tourism; Aquaculture, etc. http://sbdcnet.org/advertising-marketing-2.php

Office of Women's Business Ownership
www.sba.gov/aboutsba/sbaprograms/onlinewbc
Includes well-written articles on subjects of interest to entrepreneurs. Provides information on starting, running, and marketing a business. Includes a forum, a section of frequently asked questions, and links to related sites. The information is directed at women but would be of interest to any entrepreneur. Some information and links available in non-English other languages. From the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

SCORE: Counselors to America's Small Business
www.score.org
The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) gives small business owners guidance in establishing and maintaining successful enterprises. The website provides locations of local chapters; links to calculators, free software, business plans, trade shows, and other business resources; news and articles; and free, confidential counseling by email.

Internal Revenue Service: Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center
www.irs.gov/businesses/small/
Provides a guide for employers to federal and state tax and wage reporting information. It walks employers through the process of starting a business, hiring employees, and understanding reporting requirements. It also links to the commonly used tax forms and publications, electronic filing services, state tax offices, and other tax-related websites.

Entrepreneur.com
www.entrepreneur.com
Designed for the entrepreneur or small business owner, this site contains information on starting and financing a business, sales and marketing, developing a business plan, buying a franchise, and more. Also available in Spanish.

Business Plans and Profiles Index: A Subject Guide to Sample Business Plans and Profiles for Specific Business Types
http://www.carnegielibrary.org/research/business/bplansindex.html
This index lists types of small businesses and a corresponding sample business plan, profile or book about the business with sources provided after each entry. Print sources indexed are limited to books in the Business Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Business Stages for Entrepreneurs
http://www.jjhill.org/business_stages/
Provides a free gateway to business information tools, databases, and research resources to help your business succeed. Features links to templates for business plans and financial documents, and to information about management and marketing, and research tools for company, industry, and demographic data. Other services are available with paid membership. From the James J. Hill Reference Library, a private business reference library in St. Paul, Minnesota.

SIC Codes
http://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/sicsearch.html
Occupational Safety & Health Administration site (U S Department of Labor) that facilitates keyword searching for a SIC code or searching SIC code for category definition. See also NAICS.

NAICS
http://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/
The North American Industry Classification System is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies to classify businesses for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. Replaced SIC code system.

Local

City of Pittsfield
www.pittsfield.com/

Berkshire Chamber of Commerce
www.berkshirechamber.com
Site includes searchable Business Directory.

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission
www.berkshireplanning.org
See especially Data section http://www.berkshireplanning.org/data/index.html for demographic information from census and other sources.

Massachusetts (State government)
www.mass.gov
See especially "For Businesse" tab. Includes information on Licensing, Permitting and Certification for Massachusetts businesses.

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Updated April 2011  

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