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America’s SBDC represents America’s nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) – the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories.
SBDCs are hosted by leading universities, colleges, state economic development agencies and private partners, and funded in part by the United States Congress through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
ASBA is an advocacy group dedicated to protecting the interests of small business in public policy issues. Contains information on issues that affect small businesses, such as health care, taxation and technology, ideas for ways to get involved, and links for further reading.
The BBB system in the U.S. extends over 98% of the nation; Helps solve marketplace problems through the use of voluntary self-regulation and consumer education. Core Services include: Business Reliability Reports; Dispute Resolution; Truth-in-Advertising; Consumer and Business Education; and Charity Review.
Homepage of the Edward Lowe Foundation, devoted to championing the entrepreneurial spirit. Lowe, the inventor of Kitty Litter, established the foundation to promote his philosophy of “economic gardening” which is a strategy based on the idea that entrepreneurs drive the economy. The Entrepreneur’s Resource Center contains materials on Building and Inspiring an Organization, Defining and Serving a Market, Acquiring and Managing Finances, Human Resource Management, and Legal and Tax Issues.
The world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide; mission is to protect, enhance and promote franchising through government relations, public relations and educational programs.
Advocacy group for small businesses; tracks issues affecting small businesses, and provides tips for small business owners. NFIB has been ranked the most influential business organization in "Washington's Power 25" survey conducted by Fortune magazine.
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. With volunteers and chapters throughout the U.S, it serves as a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Working and retired executives and business owners serve as "Counselors to America's Small Business" by volunteering their time and expertise to provide confidential counseling and mentoring at little to no cost.
Assistance for Minorities, Women, and Underrepresented Populations
Part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, MBDA is the only federal agency created specifically to foster the creation, growth and expansion of minority-owned businesses in the U.S. Assistance is provided to socially or economically disadvantaged individuals who own or wish to start a business. Such persons include: Asian Pacific Americans, Asian Indians, Black Americans, Eskimos/Aleuts, Hasidic Jews, Native Americans, Spanish Speaking Americans, and Puerto Ricans.
This Department of Commerce agency is responsible for "promoting the use of small, minority, and women-owned small businesses in compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and policies." They assist firms in securing contracts and subcontracts with the Department of Commerce and its prime contractors.
Tools and resources for businesswomen, including business plans, start up information, funding resources, and other tools. Also links to http://www.womanowned.net, which provides an online community with message boards, blogs, business profiles and other information with free registration.
Represents the leadership of technology developments, which are designed to promote research institute-industry relations, to foster innovation, and to facilitate the transfer of technology from such institutions to the private sector. More than 700 research, science and tech parks are in varying stages of development worldwide, and a variety of university, governmental, not-for-profit and private organizations interested in the development and operation of research-related technology projects and programs comprise the major portion of AURP's membership.
Global network of more than 3,200 technology transfer professionals who work in academic, research, government, legal and commercial settings; dedicated to promoting and supporting technology transfer through education, advocacy, networking and communication.
The world’s leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship; more than 1,900 members in over 60 nations. While incubator managers and developers make up a large share of NBIA’s membership base, the association also represents other interested individuals and groups.