Entrepreneurship Resources

General Resources

Why I Started This Business- OVer 1,200 entrepreneurs share why they started their businesses.
Entrepreneur Interviews
Entrepreneur interview Database statistics
Entrepreneur Interview Advanced Search
Start Up Guides for Common Businesses - Business start-up guides - Industry trends, stats, associations, market research, strategy, regs, start up, and success factors
How to Start an eCommerce Business - Guide on how to start your eCommerce business
50 Ways to Build eSales - Great expanding article with guides on how to buld ecommerce sales
On-line Business Ideas - Here is a compilation of 27 on-line business ideas for beginners
Wordpress Website - How to make a Wordpress website
Web Design Tools for Entrepreneurs - Design tools to help you create content and marketing material
Wordpress Building Guide for Entreprenuers - "Wordpress Building Guide" for entrepreneurs
BizFilings - How and why to incorporate your business
SCORE - Retired Executives provide FREE advice - Identify a mentor by expertise
TechCoastAngels - Accredited investors seeking entrepreneurs for funding
Analyze Your Business - Sizeup tool to analyze your business, competition and adverstising
Domain Host Ratings & Rankings - Objective hosting provider information and uptime monitoring service FREE
MOO Start Up Toolkit - Very helpful resources for start-ups with flowcharts
LLC Resources by state - Provides LLC Guides specific to particular states
Branding - Small business branding resources
Kauffman Foundation - Research;
Index of Start-up Series - Kauffman Foundation research regarding start ups
Edward G. Lowe Foundation - Entrepreneur Resource Center (ERC)
Start Up Calculator - Credit Donkey page that helps you develop a realistic view of your small business start-up costs. Detailed calculator provides free help as you get started.
Startuplab - Mentors and entrepreneurs on Facebook - great site
Debt.org - Great information and resources for financial well being and debt assistance
College Start-Up - Articles helpful to college student entrepreneurs
College Start-Up Financing - Article helpful to college student entrepreneurs looking for start-up financing and funding
StartUpAmerica - StartUP America Partnership with many resources for entrepreneurs
Forum Publishing - Find buyers for your products - retail buyers, wholesalers, rack jobbers ...
Retail Buyer Directories - Chain Store Guide and Retail Sales Connect
Thomson-Reuters - On-demand intelligence services
Los Angeles Venture Association - Regular events on topics dealing with entrepreneurship and growth
IGF - Institute for Global Futures
Risk Management Guide - by AIG and ASBDC (Full text - 226 KB - .PDF)
ID Theft - Resources for the prevention of ID theft

Credit Card Insider - Great site with information about developing and utilizing consumer credit
How Credit Cards Work - Great site with details about credit and credit cards
Valuing a Business - How to determine the value of a business (industry multiples)
Management Library - Free management library with useful info and links
Guiding Principles for Entrepreneurial Success - MSU and the Edward Lowe Foundation Study 
How to Start a Business - Great book on the issues related to starting a business
SBDC Information Clearinghouse - Great research resources
On-Line Small Business Training Resources - on-line small business training resources
Getting a Leg Up on Your Competitors - Good article
10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started - Good article about starting and monetizing a BLOG
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office - Much useful information
CEO Express - Media and information portal
ZipMap - Zip code map for any area in the U.S.
AllAreaCodes - This site will help you to identify area codes, phone prefixes, and reverse phone lookup
Real Estate Portal - FREE sales, rental information for real estate market
Real Estate Multiple Listing Service - see home for sale anywhere
AnnualCreditReport.Com - FREE annual credit reports from all 3 reporting agencies
Startup Ideas - Oberlo article about 30 startup business ideas to make you money



California Business Resources

2021 Economic Forecast LA County - Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation report (PDF)
dba - LA County Clerk - File a fictitious business name (dba) for your business
Publishing your Ficticious Business Name - Options for publishing your FBN in local papers
Governor's Office - California Competes Tax Credit and other program information
California Secretary of State Business Portal - Start and file a business entity access information
Businesses for Sale - California Businesses for sale with links
CalGold - California Permits and License requirements - search by industry
Business Search - California business search - identify owners of businesses
California Business Portal - Information and resources
LA County Assessors Maps - see home assessment values and recent sales in area
Whitepages Neighbors - Can see who all of your neighbors are - enter an address
Blockshopper - Identify property owners (type in a name or address to see)
City Data - Enter in an address to see values, crime and school stats +more
FelonSpy - Enter in an address and you can see convicted felons in a neighborhood


Business Plans

Feasibility Analysis - Analyze new business opportunity two versions (.PDF) Link 1 Link 2
Business Model Development - 3-step process to develop a business model for a start-up or to revitalize a business
Business Plan Outline - Outline by Ralph Jagodka - a summary of templates (below) in PDF format
Business Plan Templates - Business Plan templates in PDF format - with complete instructions
Business Plan Resources - National SBDC Network Business Plan resources, including sample plans for various business types


Tools & Databases

Most Common Businesses in the US - This may help you to identify attractive industries for start-ups based on criteria
SWOT Analysis - Determine SWOT to help your company compete
Decision-Making Process - Prioritization tool to determine precedence
Sustainable Competitive Advantage - This interactive tool will guide you through development of incremental innovation
Web Segmentation Matrix - Process to infuse segmented personalization into web sites
Change Analysis Process - Process to identify areas in need of change
Positioning Tactics - Free on-line tool to help you decide how to position your company
Scenario Planning - Scenario planning method, including a PDF form
Pricing - Free pricing analysis template in Excel (save to disk)
Pricing Methods - TapRun provides insight on 20 pricing methods
Net Worth Calculator - FREE financial tools to help with investments and financial planning
Talent Pool - Process to identify ideal candidates, assess for "hidden talents", and competitive advantage
NAICS Code Database - Find NAICS and SIC equivalents
Personal Net Worth - Find out how much you are worth (Opens in new window)
Loan Amortization Schedule - Loan interest schedules 
Gantt Chart - Free Gantt Chart Template in Excel (source Point Haired Dilbert - save to disk)