Other Government Resources
The U.S. government's own portal, this site is a great starting point when hunting for any type of federal information.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Find out whether you're the first with that better mousetrap.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
This site lets you search EDGAR, the database of filings made by publicly held corporations, free of charge.
U.S. Census Bureau
Consider this site a treasure chest of demographic and statistical information on the nation.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Take a look at the labor market - or the economy as a whole - at this U.S. Labor Department's site.
DoD Small Business Research and Technology
The US Department of Defense (DoD) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs award over $1 billion each year in funding in early-stage R&D projects to small technology companies -- projects that serve a DoD need and have commercial applications.
This site is a valuable gateway to any and all statistics produced by federal agencies. Statistics are searchable by topic and state. Press Releases and online databases can also be accessed.
A program of the National Technical Information Service of the Department of Commerce, this site is an online locator service for U.S. government documents, subscriptions, videos, and Web sites.
Internal Revenue Service
The Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center provides access to all the information you will need to be in compliance with tax laws for small businesses, including downloadable forms and publications; IRS local offices contact information; online educational tools; and an A-Z index of tax topics for businesses.
Social Security Online
This portal for businesses with employees lets you register your business and file W2 employment forms online.
Q&A: Small Business and the SEC
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission answers common questions in a guide for small businesses on how to raise capital and comply with SEC rules.
USDA Rural Business and Cooperative Programs
A U.S. Department of Agriculture site with information on funding programs for developing small businesses in rural areas.
Provides information on U.S. Department of State travel warnings, consular information, passports, visa information, and foreign publications.
U.S. Dept of Labor Office of Small Business Programs
Assists small and disadvantaged businesses in procurement opportunities. Also provides a Small Business Resource Center with information on rules and regulations.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
EEOC now has information specifically addressed to small businesses. The aim of the new Web page feature is to provide small businesses with information on how to avoid workplace discrimination disputes.
U.S. House Small Business Committee
A great site with information on upcoming legislation and hearings, press releases, a newsletter, special projects and even online events. A good way to keep informed of what is brewing in Washington for small businesses.
U.S. Postal Service
Here is everything you need to know about the post office. You can download business forms, find zip codes, track a package, print mailing labels, and buy postage and supplies.
U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
The U.S. Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee's home page lets you keep track of pending legislation and provides a medium to let the Committee know what is on your mind. The site includes publications, roster information, legislation, and hearing schedules.