Information Sources

Sources of Information on Starting a Business


provides sample business and marketing plans, and answers to frequently asked questions about starting a company

America's Business Funding Directory of funding sources; searches based on type of business and stage of development

site for the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence's business incubator; information on how to discover business opportunities, raising capital, developing financial estimates and conducting market research

Entrepreneurial Edge Online site; list of books on entrepreneurship and links to entrepreneurship sites; interactive modules and tools

website for Entrepreneur magazine; articles, book lists, free business forms, etc

Inc.Online's site includes a "virtual consultant" (/virtualconsult) on subjects such as financing; includes free software and free financial worksheets; also an online store for books, videos and software

website of the National Business Incubation Association; access to the many business incubators located throughout the country

The U.S. Small Business Association's website offers loan information, online courses and information about training/courses available elsewhere, a business plan outline, and an extensive links page

offshoot of SBA; information about government services and regulation; forms, tools and guides

The Service Corps of Retired Executives provides free in-person and email-based counseling

offers advice on starting a business; also allows you to submit your business idea to The Center for Innovation, which will provide a free critique




New Venture Creation: Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century

by Jeffrey Timmons

4th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 1995

The Entrepreneurial Venture

by William Sahlman, Howard Stevenson, Michael
Roberts and Amar Bhide

2nd Edition, Harvard Business School Press, 1999


by Steven Brandt

Archipelago, 1997