The following articles and other resources are provided by Pottstown SCORE to assist entrepreneurs and business owners in starting, operating or growing a business.
The New Health Care Program:
For Small Businesses with employees ...
The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) is a new way to buy high-quality health insurance for your employees. It opened for business October 2013.
Get ready now by answering a few quick questions to learn what you need to know.
For the Self-Employed without Employees ...
If you run an income-generating business with no employees, then you’re considered self-employed (not an employer) and can get coverage through the Marketplace. You’re not considered an employer even if you hire independent contractors to do some work.
General Interest Links:
Small Business Administration (SBA)
The homepage of the SBA
Powerful search engine and ever-growing collection of topical and customer-focused links connects you to millions of web pages – from the federal government, local and tribal governments and to foreign nations around the world.
Starting Your Own Business
Thinking about starting your own business can be an exciting, exhilarating, though daunting task. Where do you start? Do you have enough money and enough know-how? All the questions can pile up and leave you intellectually paralyzed, unsure what the next step is, you might be unwilling to take that step at all. With all the information available to you through the internet and community, there is no reason to allow this to happen. Here, you will find advice to help you start down the path to business success.
How to Write the Perfect Business Plan
A Useful Step-by-Step Guide for the Perfect Business Plan
Small business starter kit
You, entrepreneur, are brilliant. You’ve had a fantastic idea. We’ve gathered expert advice from twelve industry-leading companies to help you go from idea to execution.
Business Starter Kit 2.0
From 99designs.com, we help businesses grow by graphic design, it’s what we love to do. Our Business Starter Kit combines expert advice from twelve industry-leading companies so you can execute your business idea and start realising your dream. It’s all here.
Shopify’s business encyclopedia. From retail and enterprise to branding and entrepreneurship, you’ll find everything you need to know about building a successful business.
Assistance for Groups:
SBA Women’s Business Centers
Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) represent a national network of nearly 100 educational centers throughout the United States and its territories, which are designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses. WBCs seek to "level the playing field" for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the business world.
The Veterans Business Outreach Program
The Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOP) is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training; counseling and mentoring; and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business. SBA has 16 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC).
FindLaw - West Legal Directory
Find a lawyer
NOLO - Law for All
“Do it Yourself” legal information
Business Filings Incorporated
Online filing for incorporation. You need a good business attorney who balances tax and liability issues in deciding form of ownership.
Pennsylvania Business Resources
Guides for the entrepreneur and links to state assistance programs.
U.S. Copyright Office Tutorials and other information about a copyright.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Learning Tools & Links
U.S. Census Bureau
Demographic data helpful in writing a business plan
Export.gov - U.S. Goverment Export Portal
One stop shop for learning about exporting.
Financial statistics and ratios for many types of businesses.
Small Business Loans & Grants (SBA)
Information on financing your business.
Small Business Tax Basics
When you start your own business, knowing the income tax implications of your decisions can save you money and headaches. Learn about paying estimated income taxes, keeping track of expenses and how to take a tax deduction when you use your car for business.
How to Do Payroll
This article serves as a step-by-step guide for business owners who are processing payroll themselves. It covers the importance of having a payroll system in place, what elements your payroll system should include, what information is needed in order to start creating a payroll system, and more.
The Foundation Center
Helping grant seekers for philanthropic organizations succeed.
Ultimate Small Business Loans Guide: 59 Ways to Finance Your Business
The truth is that there are dozens of ways to finance a small business. There are some pretty good ways to finance your business...other ways to finance your business aren't so smart Depending on your situation, however, there are probably some good ways for you to finance your business that perhaps you haven't heard of.
Excellent articles on How to Market Your Business.
Google Search for Providers of Domain Name Searches and Registrations
Web site domain name registration. Search first to see if anyone else is already using it.
How to Start an Online Store
Step-by-Step Guide for Creating an Online Store
Yahoo! Small Business Advisor
Another source for small business help.
Listing of Online Logo Creation Tools
An article giving 15 online logo creation tools. Creation is usually free, high resolution file download typically is about $20.
Business Development Links:
My Own Business Institute
Small business training – starting, planning, financing, marketing.
What color should your logo be?
Dig in to the data and psychology behind logo color choices, and discover how color is crucial to you, your customers and your business.
SBA Training including Business Plan Preparation
The Small Business Training Network is a virtual campus housing free training courses, workshops and knowledge resources designed to assist entrepreneurs and other students of enterprise.
BPlans.com - Business Planning Made Simple
Looking to write a business plan for your ecommerce store? This comprehensive guide walks you through the nuts and bolts of writing your very own business plan.
Low Investment Business Ideas
These low-investment, no-inventory online businesses make a great entry point for beginners or anyone with a busy schedule, giving you a hands-on education in entrepreneurship at a fraction of the cost.
Other Helpful Links:
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Resource Guide from JOBHERO ...
This listing of resources includes the following topics: General Entrepreneurship and Small Business Resources, HR Resources, Marketing Resources, Industry Groups, Business Blogs and Podcasts, and Small Business Publications.