To help in planning your business, here are some helpful online resources:

IRS Small Business Tax Center (visit -

Visit the IRS Small Business Tax Center to download small business forms and publications, learn how to obtain an EIN and obtain important information about taxes you might have to pay as a small business.

United States Small Business Administration (visit -

The United States Small Business Administration can provide you with information on starting and managing a small business, as well as information on loans and grants that may be available to qualifying businesses.

Sources for Corporate Financial Data - (visit -

The digital library from the University of Pittsburg may help you understand corporate financial data. This may be particularly useful if you are forming a corporation and plan to go public at some point in the future.

United States Patent and Trademark Office (visit -

Don’t risk a potential lawsuit or the cost of rebranding your business by violating someone else’s intellectual property. You can use the USPTO’s website as a starting point to find patents and trademarks.

Inc. Magazine for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs (see -, owned and operated by the same folks who publish Inc. Magazine, has a wealth of articles, tools, how-tos and videos to help you start, run and grow your business.