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  • Business Plan Basics

    A business plan precisely defines your business, identifies your goals, and serves as your firm's resume. The basic components include a current and pro forma balance sheet, an income statement, and a cash flow analysis. It helps you allocate resources properly, handle unforeseen complications, and make good business decisions. Because it provides specific and organized information about your company and how you will repay borrowed money, a good business plan is a crucial part of any loan application. Additionally, it informs sales personnel, suppliers, and others about your operations and goals. Content Detail

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    U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Buying and Using Software

    Software is a bunch of magnetic "ones and zeros," or electronic signals, that takes your thousands of dollars worth of plastic, metal and glass—your personal computer, or hardware—and animates it into something that lets you "fly" an airplane, balance your checkbook or manage your small business. Most personal computers sold today come with a "bundle" of software pre-loaded onto the computer, including basic financial, word processing, communications and entertainment software. Content Detail

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    American Bar Association
  • Buying Franchises and Business Opportunities (A Consumer Guide)

    This web site contains information for people planning to start up their own businesses, or purchase a franchise in another business. The web site includes information about scams to sell businesses, marketing scams, rights to trade names, and other consumer issues. Content Detail

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    Federal Trade Commission
  • Computer Security

    If you listen to the news, you've probably heard about hackers and viruses. But unless your computer has been targeted by one, you may not know how they could affect you. If your computer is attacked by a hacker or virus, you could lose important personal information or software stored on your hard drive. You also could lose valuable time while you try to repair the damage. Without your knowledge, your computer could even be used to attack other computers, including those that protect our national security. Content Detail

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    Federal Trade Commission
  • Establishing a Nonprofit Organization

    The Learning Lab of the Foundation Center has introduced a free online tutorial on "Establishing a Nonprofit Organization." Learn all about board development, bylaws, tax exemption, staff recruitment, and fundraising for newly established nonprofit organizations. With links to online toolkits and important, basic tax forms, this could be a place to start if you are in the process of creating a local nonprofit organization. You'll learn how to select individuals to serve on your board of directors and you'll find convenient links to the federal government forms that you'll need to establish your organization as a nonprofit. You'll also find out how to set up appropriate bylaws for running your organization as well as gain access to valuable tips for recruiting and managing staff and developing your fundraising program. Content Detail

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    The Foundation Center
  • If You Are Self-Employed

    Most people who pay into Social Security work for an employer. Their employer deducts Social Security taxes from their paycheck, matches that contribution and sends taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and reports wages to Social Security. But self-employed people must report their earnings and pay their taxes directly to IRS. Content Detail

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    Social Security Administration
  • Incorporating a Business

    Lawline FAQ: A corporation is a distinct legal entity created by certain specific procedures of South Carolina Law, including registering the corporation in the office of the Secretary of State. Because it is a distinct entity, a corporation is treated differently from other types of business. Content Detail

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    South Carolina Bar Association
  • Nonprofit Management On-Line Resources and Tools

    The Enterprise Foundation provides a free, online self-assessment document. The Self Assessment Tool for Nonprofit Organizations provides a framework for you to evaluate your organization's performance in the key management areas. Use the Enterprise Resource Database™ (ERD), a comprehensive set of tools and resources, for articles that cover various aspects of nonprofit management, and sample documents that can assist your organization in developing and implementing policies, procedures and internal systems to strengthen your organization. Find private funding sources Search the Enterprise MoneyNet™ database for private funding sources for your programs and for help in implementing a fundraising strategy for your organization. Content Detail

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    The Enterprise Foundation
  • Setting Up an Unincorporated Business

    Lawline FAQ: The simplest form of a business is a sole proprietorship. In a sole proprietorship, you dedicate a portion of your money to business use, but do not form a new legal entity. You simply use your money and run your business. No written document is necessary to form a sole proprietorship, but a tax identification number, certain city or county business licenses, and types of insurance, such as worker's compensation insurance, may be required. Content Detail

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    South Carolina Bar Association
  • Starting a Business

    Starting a business can be an exciting venture offering many rewards. However, you must be prepared and you must understand the basics. Content Detail

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    U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Tax Information for Small Businesses and the Self-Employed

    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. The "Quick Links" section will provide you with fast access to general business topics. You may also order the Small Business/Self Employed Tax Calendar, Introduction to Federal Taxes CD-ROM, Virtual Small Business Workshop CD-ROM, and the Small Business Resource Guide CD-ROM online. Content Detail

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    Internal Revenue Service
  • The Facts about the Microloan Program for Entrepreneurs

    The Microloan Program combines the resources and experience of the U.S. Small Business Administration with those of locally based nonprofit organizations to provide small loans and technical assistance to small businesses. Under the Microloan Program, the SBA makes funds available to qualified nonprofit organizations, which act as intermediary lenders. The intermediaries use these funds to make loans of up to $35,000 to new and existing small businesses. The intermediaries also provide management and technical assistance to help ensure success. Content Detail

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    U.S. Small Business Administration
  • The Law and Your Business

    Business law is a huge subject. This section provides guidance for people thinking about starting a business. This web site includes information on: (1) Securing Capital, (2) State-Local Laws That Affect New Businesses, (3) Home-Based Businesses, and (4) Tax Law for Businesses. Content Detail

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    American Bar Association