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Business Planning 
Certifications/ Licenses 
Insurance
Intellectual Property
Chambers
Financing
Legal Resources
Marketing / Web Development / Market Research
Networking
Social Networking
Technology
Trade/ Export
Government Agencies
Government Congressional Delegation
Resource Partners
IRS
Veterans Resources

Business Articles & Links



Business Planning

Small Business Administration Online Training
http://www.sba.gov/training/business_planning_tools.html 

http://www.sba.gov/business-plan/1  

Free Sample Business Plans and Business Plan Softwares
http://www.bplans.com/ 

Business Plan Samples, Software, and Strategy
http://www.businessplans.org/

Technology News and Opportunities
http://www.business2.com

BusinessInsurance: An Informative Guide to Small Business
http://www.businessinsurance.org/

Certifications/Licenses

Rhode Island Government: Businesses
http://www.ri.gov/business/?tags=services

Get Every Business Licenses Online
http://www.businesslicenses.com/

Business Incorporation Services
http://www.incorporate.com/

Department of Business Regulation
http://www.dbr.state.ri.us/

Insurance

Small Businesses: Business
http://www.sb.thehartford.com

Small Business Help Directory
http://www.smallbusinesshelpdirectory.com/index.aspx

Health Insurance, Medical Insurance, Individual Insurance Quotes
http://www.ehealthinsurance.com/ehi/index.html

Health Insurance Deals
http://www.insurancestart.com/health-insurance.html

A.M Best Company
http://www.ambest.com

Intellectual Property

Independent U.S Patents and Trademark Resources
www.USPTO.com 

U.S Copyright Office
www.loc.gov/copyright

Register Domain Names
www.register.com 

Register Domain Names and Web hosting 
www.godaddy.com


Chambers

Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
http://www.provchamber.com

Newport County Chamber of Commerce
http://www.newportchamber.com

Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce
http://www.nrichamber.com 

East Bay Chamber of Commerce
http://www.eastbaychamberri.org

Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce
http://www.centralrichamber.com

East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce
http://www.eastgreenwichchamber.com/

East Providence Chamber of Commerce
http://www.eastprovchamber.com/

South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce
http://www.skchamber.com/cwt/external/wcpages/index.aspx

Jamestown Chamber of Commerce
http://www.jamestownrichamber.com/

Charlestown Chamber of Commerce
http://www.charlestownrichamber.com/

Cranston Chamber of Commerce
http://www.cranstonchamber.com/

Westerly Chamber of Commerce
http://www.westerlychamber.org/

Narragansett Chamber of Commerce
http://www.narragansettri.com/chamber/

North Central RI Chamber of Commerce
http://www.ncrichamber.com/


Financing

RI Participating Lenders
http://www.sba.gov/idc/groups/public/documents/ri_providence/ri_lender-list-pdf.pdf

Getting Financed in Today's Economy (PDF)

South Eastern Economic Development (SEED)
http://seedcorp.com/

RI Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC)
http://www.riedc.com/business-services/financing

SBA Financial Assistance
http://www.sba.gov/services/financialassistance/index.html

Business Development Company of Rhode Island
http://www.bdcri.com/index.php

Cherrystone Angel Group
http://cherrystoneangelgroup.com/

IRS Financing a Business
http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=98434,00.html

Small Business Loans
http://www.businessfinance.com/

HUBZone
http://www.sba.gov/hubzone/section05b.htm

 

Legal Resources

Rhode Island Legal Resources
http://www.lawforum.net/resources/ri.htm

Free Legal Rhode Island Resources, Forms and Documents
http://resources.lawinfo.com/Rhode-Island.html


Marketing / Web Development / Market Research

Business printing
http://www.vistaprint.com

Internet Business Services
www.econgo.com

SOHO Marketing
www.soho.org/SOHO_Marketing.htm 

Business Statistics, Industry Statistics and Financial Ratios
www.bizstats.com

Sales and Marketing Solution
www.zapdata.com

Connecting Industry
www.thomasregister.com 

U.S Census Bureau
http://www.census.gov

Networking

Leading Women
www.leadingwomen.biz

RI Women’s Network
http://enterpreneur.meetup.com/

Business Networking for Women
http://www.ewomennetwork.com/index.html

Social Networking
Advogato
www.advogato.org
This website was created for free and open source software developers. Their goal has been to be a resource for free software developers around the world and a research test bed for group trust metrics and other social networking technologies.

It’s free to join but seems a little difficult to use and registration is open to all individuals of all ages.

Bebo
www.bebo.com
This website is a mixture of myspace, twitter, and facebook. It allows users to speak with other users and share music, articles, pictures, and view your email whenever you would like on this one site; It also possesses its own toolbar. It’s free to join and seems easy and fun to use and the site is open to ages 13 and older.

Black Planet
www.blackplanet.com
This website caters to the black community. It is mobile so you can receive up to date texts as you would on facebook. It’s used for networking, chat, blog, music/fashion updates, and employment opportunities/help/advice. It’s free to join and easy to use and the site is open to all ages. 

Classmates
www.classmates.com
This website is utilized for helping individuals find, connect, and stay in touch with friends they have met throughout their lives through school, work, and the military. Basic membership is free, allows members to look at other members' profiles and enables them to post on public message boards; they are not able to send emails. Gold members who pay a fee are allowed to send and receive emails and view others who have visited other individuals' pages. The site is open to all ages.

Facebook
www.facebook.com
This website was originally used for college students to get to know each other before attending college. It then branched out to other colleges and is now just a social networking site where profiles are created and the sharing of pictures, messages, and gaming applications can be shared and used. It’s free to access and use the site as well. The site is open to ages 13 and older to join different networks.

Flickr
www.flickr.com
This website was created for the sharing of images between users. The website is also used for blogging; however, there is no profile necessary for its use. The website is open to users of all ages.

Gather
www.gather.com
This website is for the sharing of articles, pictures, videos and group discussions. It is free to join, and there are fewer applications available for download by users so the pages don’t run slow. It is usually used by an older demographic. The site is open to any individual of any age. 


Myspace
www.myspace.com
MySpace is a social networking website with an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos for teenagers and adults internationally. You can have your own personal pages and chat with friends. The website is open to all users.

Twitter
www.twitter.com
Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read each others' updates, known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters, displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to other users - known as followers - who have subscribed to them. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access. Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, Short Message Service (SMS) or external applications. The service is free over the Internet, but using SMS may incur phone service provider fees. This website is open to all users.

LinkedIn
www.linkedin.com
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with over 40 million members and growing rapidly. LinkedIn connects you to your trusted contacts and helps you exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of professionals.

The site features job opportunities, entrepreneurs, consultants, attorneys and many more. Your complete professional profile can be viewed by other users to interact with you.


Technology

Total Technology Solutions for Every Business Need
http://www.business.com/Technology.asp

Technology for Your Business
http://www.score.org/Technology_Your_Business.html

Rhode Island Small Business Technology Services
http://www.businesshelp.com/RhodeIsland/technology.asp


Trade/Export

Helping U.S Companies Export
http://www.export.gov/

International Trade Resource Center
http://www.exportnh.org/

International Trade Administration
http://www.ita.doc.gov/

Trade Statistics
http://tse.export.gov/

Federation of International Trade Associates
http://www.fita.org/

Foreign Trade Statistics
http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/www/

Trade Compliance Center
http://tcc.export.gov/

Export Assistance Center
www.rieac.org


Government Agencies

A-Z Index of U.S Government Departments and Agencies
http://www.usa.gov/Agencies/Federal/All_Agencies/index.shtml

Federal Agencies and Commissions
http://www.whitehouse.gov/our_government/federal_agencies_and_commissions/

Business.gov
http://business.gov/

RI Hope: Helping Other People In Emergencies
http://www.rihope.ri.gov/


Government Congressional Delegation

Congress
http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
http://whitehouse.senate.gov/

U.S. Senator Jack Reed
http://reed.senate.gov/

U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline
http://cicilline.house.gov/

U.S. Congressman James Langevin
www.house.gov/langevin


Resource Partners

SCORE
www.riscore.org

Economic Development Corporation
www.riedc.com

Every Company Counts
www.everycompanycounts.com

Small Business Administration
www.sba.gov

Center for Women & Enterprise
www.cweonline.org

SEED
www.seedcorp.com

IRS

Internal Revenue Service
www.irs.gov

Rhode Island Department of Taxation: Forms
http://www.tax.state.ri.us/taxforms/misc.php


Veterans Resources

Veterans Career Center
http://www.military.com/Careers/Home/0,13373,,00.htm

Military Jobs, Federal Government Jobs & Employment Opportunities
www.militaryconnection.com

Special benefits for Veterans for unsecured business loans
http://www.sba.gov/patriotexpress/

United States Department of Veterans Affairs
http://www.vetbiz.gov/start/edu.htm

SBA Government Contracting
http://www.sba.gov/training/governmentcontracting/index.html

Patriot Express: Your Key to Business Success
http://www.sba.gov/patriotexpress/


Defense Industry

Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance
http://www.senedia.org/ 

United States Department of Defense
http://www.defense.gov/

NCMA Small Business Round Table (9/15/2010)
https://www.risbdc.org/DocumentMaster.aspx?doc=1311

 

Disclaimer: The RISBDC Network makes no warranties either expressed or implied nor accepts any legal responsibility for the correctness or completeness of this material or its application to specific factual situations or for its conformity with any applicable laws or regulations. This information should not be construed as business, risk management, legal advice or legal opinion.

Updated 12/21/2012 3:00:33 PM | B. Johnson

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