Annual Credit Report

Obtain a free copy of your credit report from any or all of the three major credit reporting agencies.

Comprehensive list of product and pricing information on vendors.

Business Owner’s Toolkit

Provides useful information, tips, and resources for small business owners.

Federal, State, and Local laws relevant to small businesses.


Profiles, photos, maps, statistics, and data about thousands of cities across the U.S.


Contains articles from newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias, and almanacs; dictionary and thesaurus entries; photo and map archives; books.

Information, tips, and news about starting and growing business and business opportunities.

Federal Business Opportunities

A portal through which commercial vendors seeking Federal markets for their products and services can search, monitor and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire Federal contracting community.

Federal Express

Website for Federal Express. Includes shipping zone and rate charts and online shipping.

Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission administers many laws pertaining to commerce and consumer relations that business owners must be aware of and abide by.

Inc. magazine

Information from the magazine Inc.

Internal Revenue Service

Federal tax information and news, downloadable forms and publications. Includes a small business section with information on federal unemployment taxes, social security taxes, etc.

Internet Public Library

Contains information that you would find in any public library.

James J. Hill Reference Library

The James J. Hill Library in Saint Paul, MN houses a world-class collection of practical business information resources and is considered one of the most comprehensive business libraries in the country.

Microsoft Small Business

Sales and marketing information for small businesses.

Informational website for small businesses.

Comprehensive list of product and pricing information on vendors.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Information on safety and health standards in the workplace.

Online Women’s Business Center

Website for the Small Business Association’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership, which promotes the growth of women-owned businesses through programs that address business training and technical assistance, and provide access to credit and capital, federal contracts, and international trade opportunities.

Comprehensive list of product and pricing information on vendors.

Sales and Marketing Executives -International

Worldwide association of sales and marketing. The primary forum in which the world’s top sales and marketing managers meet.

Small Business Association

Website of US Small Business Administration with many small business resources.

U.S Online Government Bookstore

List of publications from the government printing office.

United Parcel Service

Website for the United Parcel Service. Includes shipping zone and rate charts and online shipping.

United States Postal Service

Website for the US Postal Service. Includes online shipping, postal service regulations, and rates.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services

Includes important information for employers about employment eligibility and hiring practices among immigrant populations.

Information from and about the US Department of Commerce.

US Department of Commerce – Economic Development Administration

Information from and about the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration.

US Department of Labor

US Dept. of Labor website, contains employment posters, Family Medical Leave Act information, rules for breaks and overtime pay, etc. Also contains the Bureau of Labor Statistics with statistical information including the consumer price index and other useful information.

US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Website of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, contains information on Americans with Disabilities Act, a compliance manual for discrimination, etc.

US Government Export Portal

Information on exporting, export sales, financing exports, solving trade problems, foreign markets vs. U.S. markets, and finding a partner in the U.S.

US International Trade Administration

Information on markets and products, access to international markets, and competition from dumped and subsidized imports.

US Patent and Trademark Office

Information on applying for and obtaining patents, trademarks, service marks, and copyrights.

Wall Street Journal

Small business website hosted by the Wall Street Journal – includes information and articles on businesses for sale, franchise opportunities, creating a business plan, trademark search, e-mail alerts, advice from columnists, how-to advice, ideas, franchising, financing, technology, and running a business.

Training Schedule


Trainer Certification for Core Four: Business Planning Course

Coming soon via video and web

Please call Maggi Cowlan, 301 891 1558  or

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