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The Internet is a rich source of information for small-business owners and would-be entrepreneurs.

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You can find planning tools, checklists, tutorials, and counseling to help you start, fund, and manage your business.

Internal Revenue Service
Search the IRS Small Business and Self-Employed One-Stop Resource by topic or by business type. Take an online tax workshop.

My Own Business 
Take a free online course on starting your own business from this nonprofit organization.

National Federation of Independent Business
Small business advocacy organization with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 states.

Everyday law for everyday people: Find answers to questions about small business structure and operations. Franchise Center
Search for franchises by desired investment or industry category.

The Riley Guide
Find tutorials on starting up a business, writing business plans, financing your enterprise, and learning the legalities.

SCORE—Counselors to America’s Small Business
Review your business plan with a free SCORE counselor, find your local SCORE chapter, or ask questions online. Sponsored by the SBA and others.

Small Business Administration
Find tools to plan, start, manage, and expand your business. There are also free online courses and links to other resources, including the Office of Veterans Business Development.

Small Business Advisor
This site offers advice and resources on starting and operating a business.

Small Business Development Centers
Find your local center, take a course, meet with a business adviser, and find start-up advice. Sponsored by the SBA and others.

Small Business—The Wall Street Journal
Read the latest news, features, blogs, and podcasts on small business management, financing, technology, and more.
This site helps entrepreneurs who want to work independently.
People who want to work at home or start a home-based business should visit this address.

These resources are provided as a public service. Their inclusion does not imply an endorsement by AARP of organizations on this list or the content on their sites.

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