Online Training & Resources
Small Business Development Center National Information Clearinghouse
Links of interest to the budding entrepreneur, the established small business owner, and the business researcher including: business plans, industry information, associations, Spanish language business documents, and publications. The research services of SBDCNET are available to SBDC Business Advisors assisting clients only through a specific request for information. These services are more in-depth and can include: market research, demographic information, basic patent and trademark searches and business maps. Contact your local SBDC for free, confidential business counseling.
SBA Small Business Training Network
Online courses on a variety of topics for small businesses, such as government contracting, financing, surviving a slow economy, and business management.
SBA and Google - "Tools for Online Success"
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Google have partnered to offer "Tools for Online Success," an array of online resources and training designed to help small business owners harness technology to grow their businesses. The site features tutorials, video testimonials, and tips from savvy small business people who have leveraged the web to become more efficient, more cost-effective, and more successful.
Washington State Small Business Guide
Plan, start, operate or grow your business in Washington State – this guide offers step-by-step instructions.
Starting & Managing A Business (SBA)
The SBA has brought together the resources you need to get your business started. Whether you’re sitting down to write your business plan, wondering about your legal obligations, or researching your financing options, you’ll find the information you need right here. After you have successfully launched your small business, you have the ongoing challenge of managing it. Find a variety of resources that will help you run your business smoothly or exit your venture, if you choose to take a different direction.
Resource lists, statistics & databases
Bureau of Labor Statistics – Resources for Business Leaders
Whether your company is looking to negotiate long-term contracts, assess employment costs, identify new markets for your products, or compare your business with others in your industry, we provide you with the detailed statistics you need to make informed decisions.
King County Library System
Check out InfoBiz—the new KCLS resource center for small business owners. Whether you’re starting a new business, or looking for ways to grow the business you already have, InfoBiz will connect you to resources and advisors who can help you find the information you need to succeed.
You can also find helpful information for business research in the library’s Databases for Business, Economics and Investing.
Seattle Public Library
With many of the same resources as King County libraries, Seattle Public Library business reference staff work at the Central Library 1000 4th Avenue 7th floor. Their librarians can be accessed at www.spl.org and via phone 206-386-4686. Always ask for a business librarian. Seattle Public Library cardholders can access the library's web-based resources in business at www.spl.org/library-collection/articles-and-research/business-finance-and-fundraising.
IRS Small Business & Self Employed Tax Center
This section offers a broad range of resources across federal and state agencies, as well as industry/profession specific information for self-employed entrepreneurs, employers and businesses. There are links to information on starting and operating a business, employment taxes, tax law changes for business, business-related forms and publications, and online learning options.
IRS Virtual Small Business Tax Workshop
Nine interactive lessons designed to help new small business owners learn their tax rights and responsibilities.
IRS Video Portal
The IRS Video Portal offers video and audio presentations on tax topics for small businesses, individuals and tax professionals.
Industry Specific Tax Information
Tax information for specific industries and professions.