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Many federal agencies provide information specifically related to various aspect of small business. Here are some of the most useful information sites.

The small business advocate within the federal government is the Small Business Administration (SBA) which provides a number of services for small business. Here are a few of the them:

Small Business Act
The congressional act that established support for Small Business through the SBA.

SBA Local Offices
An interactive map to help you find an office near you.

Small Business Development Centers
SBDCs offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by providing a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations.

Veterans
Services from the Small Business Administration particularly for U.S. Military Veterans.

What is a Small Business?
The federal regulations that establish how a business is determined to be small. The SBA has the responsibility for setting these regulations.

Both the United States Senate and House of Representatives have committees that look out for small business by introducing small business friendly legislation. You can follow what in happening in congress by visiting the U.S. Congress Small Business Committees.

Many other branches of the federal government offer services useful for small businesses. Here are some agencies that are good to know about:

Business.gov
The official business link to the U.S. Government.

Employment Law Guide
Laws, regulations and technical assistant services for all small businesses from the Department of Labor.

Federal Business Opportunities
The single government point-of-entry (GPE) for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. Government buyers are able to publicize their business opportunities by posting information directly to FedBizOpps via the Internet. Through one portal - FedBizOpps (FBO) - commercial vendors seeking Federal markets for their products and services can search, monitor and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire Federal contracting community.

GovBenefits.gov
A one-stop source for information on more than 1,000 Federal and State administered benefit and loan programs.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
The Federal Tax Information Center for Businesses is a central location for finding out information about business taxes from Internal Revenue Service, including forms and instructions online, available for download.

Securities and Exchange Commission
Regulations and help in dealing with publicly traded securities.

U.S. Copyright Office
The Library of Congress copyright information.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Your source for patent and trademark information.

Useful Federal Publications:

334 Tax Guide for Small Business (For Individuals Who Use Schedule C or C-EZ)

463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses

583 Starting a Business and Keeping Records

587 Business Use of Your Home (Including Use by Daycare Providers)

908 Bankruptcy Tax Guide

 

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