Small Business

biz toolkit
Designed for any business, BizToolkit provides access to free and premium business tools and resources to help your business grow and succeed. Examples include business forms, calculators, websites, and resources for new and established companies. Sponsored by the James J. Hill Reference Library
Over 500 free sample business plans in many sectors, from coffee shops to online stores.
Business Plan Builder
Developed by the Hennepin County Library, in cooperation with Educational Web Adventures LLP, this site offers a quiz to help you determine if you are ready to start a business. You can also browse through resources like worksheets, documents, and web sites related to business planning. You must be a registered to use the Business Plan Builder.
CIT Small Business Lending
CIT Small Business Lending Corporation is one of the largest SBA lenders, and one which leads in loans to minority, women, and veteran entrepreneurs. Access their planning and financial online tutorials such as writing a business plan, conducting a market analysis, profit and loss statements, and more.
Center for Women's Business Research
Provides national, state, and metro statistics on women-owned businesses. The Center's "mission is to provide data-driven knowledge to advance the economic, social, and political impact of women business owners and their enterprises."
is an online news and information resource on how to align environmental responsibility with business success. It offers more than 8,000 resources, including daily news and feature stories, reports, checklists, case studies, and links to organizations, technical assistance programs, government agencies, and recognition programs. You can receive its free e-newsletter, GreenBuzz, every week.
Inc. Magazine's Best Cities for Doing Business
View their numerous reports on the best large, mid-size and small cities for business, along with numerous articles about thriving in a recessionary economy.
IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center
Tax information for the small business owner ranging from lists of tax forms, to applying for an EIN, to online learning and educational products.
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Search
The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. Find the NAICS code for an industry and link to statistics from the U.S. Economic Census. Convert SIC to NAICS.
Small Business Administration
Information-packed site with guides to starting, financing, and expanding a business including sections on SBA loans, the Patriot Express (new loan program for the military community), disaster assistance, and much more.
State of Wisconsin Business Wizard
The Business Wizard covers licensing, permitting and regulatory requirements for the State of Wisconsin. It also covers certain federal and local regulations.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office -- Patents
Takes you through the steps to apply for a patent.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office -- Trademarks
Takes you through the steps to apply for a trademark.
Wall Street Journal Startup Journal
Articles, discussions, quizzes, and a "mini business planning" tool to get entrepreneurs started.
Wisconsin's Department of Commerce
Offers considerable information on business start-ups, on women and minority-owned business resources, tax credits, agri-business, and much more.
Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Offers information on area SBDC locations, on the Entrepreneurial Training Program, on one-on-one counseling with SBCD professionals, and more
Wisconsin Offices of the Small Business Administration
Provides information, in both English and en Espanol, about free online classes for small businesses, free guides, monthly newsletters, info on the tax savings resource center, etc.
Wisconsin Small Business Guide
Find information on the incorporating a business in WI, acquiring a business license, business taxes and forms, workers' compensation requirements, and more

Wisconsin Small Business Innovation Research
Within the SBA, The Office of Technology administers the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program. Through these two competitive programs, SBA ensures that the nation's small, high-tech, innovative businesses are a significant part of the federal government's research and development efforts.