Small Business Resource Websites
The United States Small Business Administration website has a treasure trove of resources including guidelines for writing a formal business plan and for seeking financing.
SCORE is a resource partner with the Small Business Administration. Their site is full of how-to articles, mentoring opportunities, a newsletter, and more.
Inc.com, "The Daily Resource for Enterepreneurs", is Inc. magazine's website with a tremendous collection of high-value resources, including a guide to finding angel investors and tips on evaluating franchise opportunities. There also is an extensive list of free start-up guides.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office is the location to not only file trademarks and patents, but also to search trademarked names when choosing your business name.
For those in California, the California Secretary of State Business Portal offers detailed information and forms for filing all types of business entities including a sole proprietorship, LLC, partnership, and corporation.
Insure U For Small Business is a valuable resource provided by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners with practical information about insurance for small businesses, including home-based ones.