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Government Sites

U.S. Small Business AdministrationThe U.S. Small Business Administration maintains and strengthens the nation's economy by aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting the interests of small businesses and by helping families and businesses recover from national disasters.

 

Export.govExport.gov brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today's global marketplace.

 

Starting a Business in MAMassachusetts Business One-Stop - Are you doing business in Massachusetts or just getting started? Check out Massachusetts Business One-Stop for information, tools, and more - all intended to help business succeed in the Commonwealth. Check it out at Mass.gov/business.

  

  

Massachusetts BizWorks is designed to enhance and align services for Massachusetts businesses by connecting businesses to state and federal resources and money-saving services offered by the state—all at no cost to businesses.

 

USA.gov (formerly FirstGov.gov) it the U.S. government's official web portal. USA.gov makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web and serves as the catalyst for a growing electronic government. GobiernoUSA.gov, informacin oficial en espanol.


 

  • BusinessUSA is a a one-stop shop for everything related to business in the USA.

  • Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is a not-for-profit educational organization providing comprehensive business assistance, networking opportunities and resources to women starting and/or growing their businesses.

  • COMMBUYS is the only official procurement record system for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Executive Departments. COMMBUYS offers free internet-based access to all public procurement information posted here in order to promote transparency, increase competition, and achieve best value for Massachusetts taxpayers.

  • Commonwealth Corporation is a quasi-public organization responsible for administering and delivering a wide range of public and privately-funded initiatives designed to meet the labor needs of businesses; improve current and emerging workers' skills; foster career success through lifelong learning; and retain, sustain, improve and create job-generating businesses.

  • Economic Development Administration helps to generate jobs, retain existing jobs, and stimulate industrial and commercial growth in economically-distressed areas of the United States.

  • EDGAR, the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system, performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Environmental Protection Agency's Small Business Gateway allows access to U.S. EPA information from one convenient site.

  • Federal Marketplace assists businesses in selling products and services to the federal government. Up-to-date Federal Acquisition Regulation, Cost Accounting Standards and the Internet's only Active Federal Contracts database.

  • FedWorld lists Internet resources of federal government agencies.

  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has business tax information, publications and forms.

  • IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center provides information for self-employed entrepreneurs, employers, and small and large businesses. The website has links to useful tools the IRS offers, including the Virtual Small Business Tax Workshop, a downloadable tax calendar, common forms and their instructions and help on everything from how to get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) online to how to engage with the IRS in the event of an audit. 

  • Library of Congress has a wealth of information available and brings a universal collection of knowledge and creativity.

  • Mass.Gov is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' official website. Visit Mass.Gov to: start a business; locate a specific state agency; find out where to file your taxes online; find out who your elected officials are; and much, much more!

  • Massachusetts Community Development Finance Corporation (CDFC) is a quasi-public investment corporation that provides financing for small businesses, real estate projects, and community development programs in low and moderate income communities of Massachusetts. As an economic development organization, CDFC requires that projects meet CDFC's investment standards, and assist in the creation of jobs, business opportunities, affordable housing, or development of the local business district.

  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responsible for protecting human health and the environment by ensuring clean air and water, the safe management and disposal of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.  

  • Massachusetts Department of Revenue website provides individuals, businesses, parents, practitioners, and local officials with an array of information and online applications to address all their business needs with the Department.

  • Massachusetts Division of Insurance monitors the solvency of its licensees in order to promote a healthy, responsive and willing marketplace for consumers who purchase insurance products. Protection of consumer interests is of prime importance to the Division and is safeguarded by providing accurate and unbiased information so consumers may make informed decisions and by intervening on behalf of consumers who believe they have been victimized by unfair business practices.

  • Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety (see Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards)

  • Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure is responsible for licensing and regulating the activities of individuals, corporations and partnerships.

  • Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) is committed to working on behalf of job seekers, apprentices, union members, claimants, employers, attorneys and researchers. EOLWD provides a wide variety of programs and services to serve constituents across the Commonwealth.

  • Massachusetts Export Center helps companies throughout the Commonwealth to achieve success in global markets through a statewide network of international trade professionals. The Massachusetts Export Center provides targeted, high-impact services for exporters, including counseling, training, research and technical assistance. Services are free and confidential. Part of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network.

  • Massachusetts Insurance Partnership helps small businesses with uninsured employees pay for health insurance, including the self-employed. The Insurance Partnership is not a health plan. The Insurance Partnership helps pay for health insurance.

  • Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) helps companies plan and implement a strategy for increased competitiveness, whether by adopting new production technologies and management techniques, finding new markets or training the company's workforce.

  • Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD) creates a simple, streamlined approach to economic development assistance with one-stop business centers located throughout the state.

  • Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment promotes trade and attracts foreign investment in Massachusetts. These mandates are achieved primarily through various export promotion programs and strategic services.

  • Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism provides a wealth of information on things to see and do while in Massachusetts.

  • Massachusetts Port Authority develops, promotes and manages airports, the seaport and transportation infrastructure to enable Massachusetts and New England to compete successfully.

  • Massachusetts Secretary of State is the principal public information officer for the Massachusetts state government. The Corporations Division is the repository for certain records of over four hundred thousand business and nonprofit corporations organized or registered to do business in the Commonwealth.

  • Massachusetts State Government - a one-stop website connecting all the state agencies with information for residents, businesses, visitors and government.

  • Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) is an economic development organization established by the state to foster sustainable economic growth by promoting a better understanding of the forces that shape the state’s economy, and by enabling greater collaboration among the diverse enterprises involved in the Innovation Economy.

  • MassDevelopment helps build the communities of the Commonwealth by stimulating economic development.

  • Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, specifically created to encourage the creation, growth and expansion of minority-owned businesses in the United States.

  • Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), part of the World Bank Group, recently consolidated its three online services (IPAnet, FDI Xchange and PrivatizationLink) into a single website dedicated to promote Foreign Direct Investment - FDInet. They also launched the Political Risk Insurance Center (PRI-Center.com), a website providing free access to online political risk management and insurance resources. The PRI-Center was established as part of MIGA's mandate to promote foreign direct investment to developing countries so as to enhance growth and development.

  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) includes standards, interpretations and field inspection reference manual.

  • Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) guides Massachusetts businesses through the government procurement process and provides information on how to become more competitive in the government marketplace. PTAC counselors are dedicated to providing assistance in bidding, managing and performing on government contracts. Part of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network.

  • Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to aiming in the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide.

  • The Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) has the responsibility to certify businesses. SDO certification is a marketing tool used to enhance a firm's ability to do business in public markets. Although certification does not guarantee that a business will be successful every time it bids, it may add a competitive edge to a bid. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts spends more than $4 billion each year doing business with firms. More than $240 million of this amount is targeted to SDO certified minority and women businesses. Becoming SDO-certified can help firms seeking contracts with the government. 

  • The System for Award Management (SAM) is the official U.S. Government system that combined federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system. The benefits include streamlined and integrated processes, elimination of data redundancies, and reduced costs while providing improved capability. There is no fee to register for this site.

  • U.S. Census Bureau is the preeminent collector and provider of timely, relevant and quality data about the people and economy of the U.S.

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the single unified border agency of the United States, and is vitally important to the protection of America and the American people. 

  • U.S. Department of Labor has information, links, laws, statistics and other useful information including:  information on helping employers and employees comply with laws and regulations; interactive tools that provide information about federal employment laws; and an online employment law guide.

  • U.S. Export Assistance Center -- see U.S. Small Business Administration

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office promotes the progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited times to inventors the exclusive right to their respective discoveries.

  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission offers informal guidance to questions over the phone or via email. Also, there is a special ombudsman for small business whom you can contact for questions.

  • U.S. Small Business Administration stimulates and fosters economic development through small business by helping new businesses get started and established businesses grow.

    • SBA's Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) is a highly competitive program that encourages small business to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

    •  As SBA's office for the support of small business international trade development, the Office of International Trade works in cooperation with other federal agencies and public- and private-sector groups to encourage small business exports and to assist small businesses seeking to export. Through U.S. Export Assistance Centers, SBA district offices and a variety of service-provider partners, we direct and coordinate SBA's ongoing export initiatives in an effort to encourage small businesses going global.

    • Success in the world of government contracting depends on understanding the rules. Learn about the rules and regulations that govern federal procurement opportunities.

    • SBA offers numerous financing programs to assist small businesses. Obtaining a loan requires knowing the facts and solid preparation. Good preparation can make the difference between getting a loan and being declined. SBA has been assisting businesses with their financing needs since 1953.

    • Women business owners are critically important to the American economy. America's 9.1 million women-owned businesses employ 27.5 million people and contribute $3.6 trillion to the economy. However, women continue to face unique obstacles in the world of business. SBA is a very strong advocate for women entrepreneurs and offers many programs and services to help them succeed. The following resources offer unique opportunities and guidance for women entrepreneurs.

    • Starting a business can be a great opportunity for many people with disabilities. In addition to meeting career aspirations and goals, owning your own business can provide benefits such as work flexibility and financial stability.

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Business Sites

SME ToolkitSME Toolkit is a project of the International Finance Corporation a member of the World Bank Group, and IBM. The SME Toolkit offers free business management information and training for small businesses / small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on accounting and finance, business planning, human resources (HR), marketing and sales, operations, and information technology (IT) to help small businesses succeed.

  • ADA Technical Assistance Program provides Americans with Disabilities Act information for small businesses.

  • All-Biz.com is a comprehensive online resource center for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

  • Annual Reports Gallery gives access to annual reports on the web.

  • Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) is a dues-supported, non-profit, nonpartisan employers' association dedicated to improving the Commonwealth's economic climate. With over 5,000 members, the only statewide association that truly represents the needs of employers of all sizes in all types of businesses.

  • Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) represents the collective interest of its members by promoting, informing, supporting and continuously improving the SBDC network, which delivers nationwide educational assistance to strengthen small/medium business management, thereby contributing to the growth of local, state and national economies.

  • Better Business Bureau helps consumers and businesses maintain an ethical marketplace.

  • Biz Info Library (BIL) is a collaboration between the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Edward Lowe Foundation, and the James J. Hill Reference Library to create an online library offering the world's best information on starting and growing a business.

  • Business Plans is a one stop shop including writing tips and sample business plans.

  • Business Resources Mega-List contains resources grouped by categories. Includes stock markets, financial, management, jobs, small business info, MIS, etc. Also has list of several useful databases (e.g., MS KnowledgeBase).

  • CCH Business Owner's Toolkit contains information on starting and running a small business.

  • Commerce Business Daily lists notices of proposed government procurement actions, contract awards, sales of government property and other procurement information.

  • The Commonwealth Institute (TCI) is a membership organization that supports women CEO's, entrepreneurs and senior corporate executives by helping them grow their businesses and careers. TCI's goal is to reach women leaders during the critical stages of their business and to provide them with the tools and resources they need for growth.

  • Companies Online is a directory of U.S. companies with web sites.

  • Entrepreneur.com contains start-up ideas, resources and articles.

  • Entrepreneurial Edge Magazine's resource center includes links to sites in a number of subject areas including finance and venture capital, legal information, publications and associations.

  • EntreWorld includes "the best of the best" on the Web about running a small business and is designed to increase your productivity by getting you essential information as quickly and easily as possible.

  • Equipment Leasing Association's (ELA) one-stop, educational portal for information on equipment financing and leasing answers questions about leasing equipment and further demonstrates that leasing is a means of leveraging capital and controlling costs.

  • Gulf Publishing Company offers books on regional-interest subjects, business and management, training, and science and technology.

  • Hoover's Corporate Directory profiles large, mostly public companies.

  • Massachusetts Export Center helps companies throughout the Commonwealth to achieve success in global markets through a statewide network of international trade professionals. The Massachusetts Export Center provides targeted, high-impact services for exporters, including counseling, training, research and technical assistance. Part of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network.

  • Morebusiness.com includes helpful business checklists on topics such as healthcare, growing a business and financial planning.

  • National Business Incubation Association contains information on business incubators and a large collection of links.

  • National Consumers League identifies, protects, represents and advances the economic and social interests of consumers and workers. A private, nonprofit advocacy group representing consumers on marketplace and workplace issues. The NCL's National Fraud Information Center was established to fight the growing menace of telemarketing fraud by improving prevention and enforcement. It is the only nationwide toll-free hotline for consumers to get advice about telephone solicitations and report possible telemarketing fraud to law enforcement agencies.

  • National Small Business United is the nation's oldest bipartisan advocate for small businesses. Representing over 65,000 small business owners, NSBU takes action on legislative and regulatory issues by playing a key role in shaping federal policy in the interests of small business.

  • Nolo.com helps people handle their own everyday legal matters -- or learn enough about them to make working with a lawyer a more satisfying experience -- they publish reliable, plain-English books, software, forms and their website.

  • Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) encourages communities to collaborate with each other to benefit the entire Pioneer Valley region and improve the quality of life. PVPC's Economic Development section brings together the public and private sectors to continue growing a competitive regional economy. At its core is the Plan for Progress, the Pioneer Valley's economic development road map: a collection of strategies for strengthening the economic health and prospects of our communities and of the region as a whole.

  • Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) guides Massachusetts businesses through the government procurement process and provides information on how to become more competitive in the government marketplace. PTAC counselors are dedicated to providing assistance in bidding, managing and performing on government contracts. An advisory center of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network.

  • SBIRworld.com is a comprehensive site providing information on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. These programs provide over one billion dollars a year to small businesses and university affiliates for research and development in a wide range of scientific and technical areas. The SBIR program funds high-risk projects at the earliest stages of development - before companies can attract venture capital - and works with small businesses through that development and on into the actual commercialization of their product.

  • SearchBoston.com is a search engine, business directory, travel guide and shopping source for the Greater Boston area.

  • Small Business Journal magazine is dedicated to the small and growing business. 

  • SmallBizManager reviews, screens and recommends "best of breed" business services and products for all your business needs.

  • Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) is a nonprofit organization established in 1938 to promote and protect small businesses.

  • Springfield Enterprise Center, located in the Springfield Technical Community College Technology Park, has been established to support, assist and "incubate" new businesses. This 37,000 square foot building, built in 1892 by the historic Springfield Armory, has now been completely renovated for the specific mission of nourishing and stimulating new business growth.

  • StartupJournal.com contains information from the powerful editorial resources of The Wall Street Journal, the world's leading business publication, as well as WSJ.com, industry experts and StartupJournal's editorial team.

  • ThomasNet.com, powered by Thomas Register and Thomas Regional, is an industrial search engine that provides one source for finding the exact product, service, or supplier quickly and efficiently. ThomasNet provides direct access to the detailed information needed to make a purchasing or specifying decision, including line-item product details, CAD drawings, and more.

  • United Inventors Association is a not-for-profit corporation providing leadership, support and services to inventor support groups and independent inventors. 

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International Business Sites

  • British-American Business Council of New England provides the premier forum for American and British executives to address common interests and needs together. Through a variety of programs, the members exchange valuable information, establish networks and develop new business opportunities. 

  • BuyUSA.com is a collaboration of the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce and IBM Corporation that offers one-stop company-to-company matchmaking and international business counseling to connect suppliers of U.S. products and services with international firms interested in representing or distributing them worldwide.
     

  • PortConnecticut.com, the international trade and transportation portal for Connecticut,  includes information and links to a wide range of resources relating to importing, exporting and business-to-business commerce between Connecticut and the world. It also includes a discussion group forum for companies in the trade and transportation industries. 

  • Export Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im Bank's mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets.

  • Global Business Alliance of New England (GBANE) is a business membership organization fostering networking between New England companies involved in international trade.

  • International-Business-Etiquette.com lists common etiquette and manners for a variety of countries and regions. The most important element of successful business outcomes may be the appreciation and respect for cultural diversity.

  • Kompass is a directory of domestic and international business profiles.

  • ThinkGlobal.net is an international trade portal offering news and information that focuses on importing, exporting and business-to-business commerce. The site includes information about companies, international trade executives and policy issues. It also includes a calendar of international trade-related events, business briefs and links to state, federal and international trade resources.

  • U.S. Export Assistance Center offers a full range of federal export programs and services under one roof by combining the export marketing resources of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

  • World Institute for Strategic Economic Research (WISER) provides high-quality trade statistics, data expertise, and technical support. WISER makes its trade data available in a variety of formats. WISERTrade is the leading online international trade statistics database in the U.S., packing intense functionality and flexibility into the small space of your internet browser.

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Massachusetts Business and Trade Organizations

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Massachusetts Export Center