SCORE: Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and their local members offer free and confidential advice to entreprenuers. Their website features how-to articles on starting and growing your own business, a link for online mentoring, e-newsletters, articles and podcasts aimed at small business owners.
Fairfield Chamber of Commerce
Offers access to the Chamber of Commerce's member list of companies and organizations, with business address, owner's name, phone, and email address. Fairfield town demographics, education, government, housing, labor force and quality of life statistics are also included.
State of Connecticut
http://www.ct.gov/ click on "Doing Business"
A comprehensive site that covers all aspects of conducting business in Connecticut, including licensing and permits, business regulations, taxation, and links to business resources such as CT Economic Resource Center (CERC).
Connecticut business directory. American Directory Publishing Co. (2008). Omaha, Neb: American Directory Pub.
Location: R 650.3 C, Ask at Information Desk
This directory is one of the most comprehensive listings of businesses in the state of Connecticut. Each company listing includes: company name, address, and phone, yellow page heading (grouped by specific industry), owner or manager name, number of employees and sales volume, and credit rating code.
How to succeed in business using LinkedIn: Making connections and capturing opportunities on the Web's #1 business networking site. Butow, E., & Taylor, K. (2009). New York: American Management Association.
Location: 650.1 B, Upper Stacks
Hailed as the "MySpace" for professionals, LinkedIn is a networking tool that allows you to create a profile detailing your professional experience and accomplishments, helping you to stand out from the crowd. An estimated 20 million business professionals log in to LinkedIn every day, looking for job opportunities and reconnecting with former clients and coworkers.
The franchise handbook: A complete guide to all aspects of buying, selling or investing in a franchise. (2006). Ocala, Fla: Atlantic Pub. Group.
Location: 658.87 F, Upper Stacks
The handbook discusses the selection of a franchise; pre- and post-purchase financial issues; marketing, operating, and expanding the franchise; legal issues, management, and more.
How to write a business plan.McKeever, M. P. (2007). Nolo Press self-help law books. [Berkeley, Calif.]: Nolo.
Location: 658.1522 M, Upper Stacks
Learn how to how to write the business plan and loan package necessary to finance your business and make it work. Topics include: evaluate the profitability of your business idea , estimate operating expenses, prepare cash flow, create profit and loss forecasts, and determine assets, liabilities, and net worth.
Legal guide for starting & running a small business. Steingold, F. (2008).Berkeley, CA: Nolo.
Location: R 346.73065 S 2008, Reference Collection
Newly updated for 2008, this edition provides the latest in law, business and taxes. It features all-new information on buying LLCs and franchises, plus expanded information on complying with ADA requirements and dealing with customers via the Internet.
Legal forms for starting & running a small business.Steingold, F. (2008). Berkeley, CA: Nolo.
Location: 346.73065 S, Upper Stacks
This guide offers over 60 legal forms and documents and all the step-by-step instructions you need to use them. Included are: contracts, non-compete agreements, LLC operating agreements, leasing commercial space, preparing corporate bylaws, recording minutes of meetings, and more.