Government Resources

Government Organizations and Agencies Online Business Resources

 
In this section you’ll find an assortment of free online business resources and information provided by the US government. Perfect for boostrapping business owners. Some of these resources include: free online business courses and training, government information and statistics, as well as government sponsored programs, grants and information on securing government contracts.
 
Better Business Bureau Find consumer and business reviews, reports, information, complaints, and a list of accredited businesses. You can also file online to have your business become accredited.

Business.Gov The official resource to help businesses quickly find compliance information, forms and contacts from several different U.S. government Web sites.

Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOps) The only source for federal government procurement opportunities exceeding $25,000.

FedStats A repository of current and past statistics from more than 100 government agencies. You should also check out the additional links page for even more statistics sites.

Federal Trade Commission The FTC concerns federal antitrust and consumer protection laws. The site provides a wealth of information, programs, and other resources of interest to both businesses and consumers.

Internal Revenue Service Small Business Tax Center I recommend you bookmark this site and consult it every now and then even if you do not personally complete your business’ tax forms. Here you will find all you need to know about filing your business taxes including what tax deductibles exist and who can qualify.

Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) This Federal agency was established for the encouragement, creation, growth, and expansion of minority-owned US businesses. The site has many resources and tools.

Small Business Association (SBA) The SBA provides a helpful assortment of articles, tools, and programs to help the small business owner start and run a successful business. You should also check out their free online courses.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Locater Find the nearest SBDC and take advantage of free business resources, tools, and other forms of assistance. This page is hosted by the SBA

Social Security Online EmployerW-2 online filing instructions and information.

U.S. Copyright Office US Copyright Office is an office of public record for copyright registration and deposit of copyright material. Search records, learn about copywrite law, and register a work.

U.S. Department of Labor – Employment & Training Administration Includes information for job seekers and employers, news, regulations, statistics and contacts. Those interested in applying for government grants can take advantage of these free online grant application tools and information.

US Foreign Trade Foreign Trade division of the US Census Bureau is the official source for U.S. export and import statistics and responsible for issuing regulations governing the reporting of all export shipments from the United States. The site has import and export statistics, information on export regulations, commodity classifications, and a on of other trade related information. For information on specific import/ export commodities go to USA Trade Online (this service requires a paid subscription).

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Provides information on Intellectual Property (IP) law, patent and trademark registration, news, and other tools and resources.

U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission(SEC) Access information, news, and resources related to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Center The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Center provides small business news, tools, and other resources. Be sure to check out the collection of small business tool kits.

U.S. Department of Commerce This site provides news and information on foreign markets and international trade.

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Access key employment and economic data and statistics.

US Environmental Protection Agency This site supports abundant information on current environmental and health topics and legislation as well as relevant news items

U.S. Department of the Treasury Auctions Seized property auctions by the US Department of Treasury. It Includes commercial buildings and vacant land.

U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce This is a national business membership organization for Hispanic entrepreneurs. The site provides numerous tools, tips, and resources to help Hispanic business owners succeed.

USA.gov The US government’s official web portal.

Veterans Enterprise Center The Center for Veterans Enterprise web portal. Access information and other resources dedicated to helping veterans run successful ventures.