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BusinessUSA portal to resources for those who want their next career to be their new business.

Are you ready to start a business?, an interactive assessment tool designed to help you better understand your readiness for starting a small business. 

Learn how to write a business plan. See templates and free samples.

Financing: The SBA offers loans through third-party lenders. Find government funding sources for which you might be eligible. Some businesses can also qualify for loans through other federal agencies. All loans are not alike. Learn about government grants. SBA's Finance FAQ.

Free online training offered by SBA and calendar of events (select "Georgia" under "Event Filtering")

The Small Business Development Center at Georgia State provides free business and economic development consulting for Fulton County (10 Park Pl. S. Suite 450; 404-413-7830).

The U.S. Minority Business Development Agency offers help for new minority-owned businesses. The Atlanta office of the MBDA is operated by Georgia Tech's Enterprise Innovation Institute (75 5th Street, NW, Suite 300, 404-894-2096).

Atlanta hosts SCORE Atlanta, a non-profit resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (233 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 1900; 404-331-0121).

Veterans should begin at the VA's Vetbiz website. Veteran-owned companies can benefit from many opportunities.

Disabled entrepreneurs (including veterans) check resources at disability.gov.

Young entrepreneurs can check SBA's Youth Entrepreneurship page.

Visit SBA's Office of Women's Business Ownership website.

Interested in setting up your business as a cooperative? Find out more in Co-ops 101 and Research on the Economic Impact of Cooperatives.

Find a business incubator by location.

Permits

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service's Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center for useful tax-related information and how to get a Federal Tax Identification Number.

Georgia: Business Taxes.
Unincorporated Fulton County: Business License.
City of Atlanta: Business Tax Division - 404-330-6270.

Research

For demographics and household income, start with American Factfinder. For information about business locations, size, type, and payroll, use the Economic Census and the Statistics of U.S. Businesses. For information about employee wages, use the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Data Bank collects government and original research relating to minority populations that could be useful in business research.

Missouri Census Data Center. With latitude and longitude coordinates or a ZIP code, get census information for a radius around a point.

Statistics about U.S. small businesses from U.S. SBA Office of Advocacy. Statistics specifically about minority-owned businesses from the MBDA.

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