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Business Development Resources

General Business Information

Wisconsin Business Start-up Guide
Tourism Business Development Toolbox
My New Business
Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network (WEN) provides integrated statewide support to entrepreneurs
WEN Resource Center – A range of easy-to-use web-based tools that will help you start or grow a business
Inventors and Entrepreneurs Clubs
On-Line Business Tax Registration
Employer ID Numbers (EIN) – How to Apply

Business Financing

SBA – Business Plan Basics
United States Department of Agriculture – Rural and Community Development
Rural Development, Business and Cooperative Programs
Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Home Page
Grants Information Collection – About Us
Wisconsin Department of Commerce: Revolving Loan Fund Technical Assistance Program -
Business and Community Development
Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation, Inc.
North Central Advantage Technology Zone

Business Plan Examples

SBA – Business Plan Basics
Sample Business Plans and Business Plan Examples – Bplans.com
Business Plan Center with a Library of Real Business Plans
Business Plan Archive
businessPlanWorkbook
Business Plan Examples
Write a Business Plan that Works
Business Assistance Program Application
businessPlanWorkbook.pdf (application/pdf Object)

University of Wisconsin-Extension

UWEX Center for Community Economic Development – Let’s Talk Business
Center for Community Economic Development
Wisconsin Department of Commerce: Revolving Loan Fund Technical Assistance Program -
North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
Center for Community Economic Development

Entrepreneurship

Build Your Business Wizard
U.S. Patents
Wisconsin Small Business Development Center
Tourism Business Development Toolbox
GS1 US -BarCode Info
SBA – Small Business Startup Guide
Home-Based Business Association of Wisconsin, Inc.:
Wisconsin Department of Commerce: Entrepreneurs Toolkit -
Wisconsin Build Your Business – Networks
Department of Administration – General Overview
Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network (WEN) provides integrated statewide support to entrepreneurs in all industries and developmental stages: Starting a business, Finance and accounting, Marketing, Product development, Business plans, Intellectual property, Competitive research
The Risk Management Association
Forward Wisconsin: economic development, financial information, relocation consulting services, find a site or building, expanding businesses, workforce assistance, WI business resources, state cost comparisons, resources for economic developers
Entrepreneurial Resources – Resources for Entrepreneurs – Gaebler Ventures – Chicago, Illinois
Free Document Downloads: Legal and HR agreements, Form Letters, Spreadsheets, Tax Forms etc
Right on the Money!
Small Business Resources
Business Tutorials
U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
Internet Public Library: Entrepreneurship
The National Dialogue on Entrepreneurship
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
Business & Small Business Entrepreneur
Entrepreneurship and Small Business
Entrepreneurship and Small Business, eJournal USA: Economic Perspectives, January 2006
SCORE
CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit
Business Owner’s Toolkit
Edward Lowe Foundation

Marketing and Business Development

Marketing Ideas

A Marketing Glossary
How to Write A Marketing Plan Tutorial From KnowThis.com
100+ Marketing Ideas
7 Low-Cost, High-Impact Small Business Marketing Tools – Aggressive Small Business Marketing, Advertising & Entrepreneurship
My New Business
Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) System Search
small town marketing
Small Business Marketing Ideas and Strategies
Small Business Marketing Ideas, Marketing Plans and Best Practices
Travel Marketing
Marketing – Marketing Strategy – Marketing Plan – Marketing Careers and Jobs
Articles on Public Speaking, Marketing, Motivation and More!
American Marketing Association – www.marketingpower.com
Brandweek Branding | Brand Marketing, News| Internet Branding, Strategy from Brandweek
Guerrilla Marketing Online – The Official Site
Growing Your Business SCORE

Pricing Strategies

SBA Pricing Strategies
MARKET DRIVEN PRICING STRATEGIES

Promotional Specalties Products

PROMOTIONAL PRODUCT SUPPLIERS Resources
Free business forms
CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit | Sample Bank Loan Application and Review Forms
Marketing.org – Home of the Business Marketing Association

Customer Service

Seven Steps to Service Recovery
What is Service Recovery — And Why Do You Need It?
Service Recovery: Create Loyal Customers for Life
The CEO Refresher – Service Recovery
Service Recovery Practices
Complaint Handling and Service Recovery Benchmarking Association
7 Steps of Service Recovery
Johns Hopkins Service Excellence – Standards & Scripts
7 Steps to Service Recovery
Deming Service REcovery
The big fix: service recovery can turn angry customers into lifelong patrons Here’s how to do it Pool & Spa News – Find Articles
Customer Service

Public Relations

Mat Release Companies
How to pitch a story
How to Write a Pitch Letter That Will Generate Tons of Free Publicity
NPR : How to Suggest a Story Idea
Some Sample Feature Story Pitch Letters
Story Pitching
How to Pitch Your Story
Story Pitching Ideas
Press Releases — How to Write a Press Release, Sample Press Release Template
Guide to Writing Successful Press Releases
Sample Press Release
The Need To Niche, Paul James

Web Site / Search Engine Optimozation

Search Engine Watch: Tips About Internet Search Engines & Search Engine Submission
Submit Websites to Search Engines like Google | Free Site Submission | Search Engine List | Website Ranking
Search Engine Optimization – Low Cost, High Impact Marketing
Low Budget, High Impact, Running a One-Person Business Article – Inc. Article
How Google Finds Your Needle in the Web’s Haystack
Web Marketing Today Weekly E-Mail Newsletter (Free Edition)
SEO Articles – SiteReference
Open Source Web Development Tutorials – Dev Shed
Submitting a Site to the Open Directory
Open Source Web Design – Download and upload free web designs.
Open Web Design – Home
HTML CODES CHEAT SHEET
Web Tools – FREE website, guestbook, counter, forum, calendar, or over 20 other FREE interactive web tools!
Extensible Markup Language (XML) 1.0 (Fourth Edition)
Google Webmaster Tools
Whois lookup and Domain name search
Web Ranking Alexa Web Search

Mobi Mobil Phone Web Development

dotMobi
W3C Mobile Web Initiative

Radio Advertising

Radio Advertising Effectiveness Lab
How to work with an Ad Agency. Should you? Small Business/Home Office Tips SOHO

Industrial Classification and Research Resources

2002 NAICS Codes
Badgerlink : Wisconsin’s connection to the world of information
Forward Wisconsin: economic development, financial information, relocation consulting services, find a site or building, expanding businesses, workforce assistance, WI business resources, state cost comparisons, resources for economic developers
U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
InfoSpace
Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) System Search
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Census Data and Research

Badgerlink : Wisconsin’s connection to the world of information
UpNorth Info. Information on the great northwoods of Northern Wisconsin and the Western U.P. of Michigan
State and County QuickFacts
Labor Market Analyst/Economist
Census Bureau Home Page
2002 Economic Census
American FactFinder
2002 Economic Census