Starting a Business

U.S. Small Business Administration
How to start, finance, and expand your own small business.

Texas Business Portal
Information about starting a business in Texas including getting licenses and permits, finding funding, and more.        

Minority Business Development Agency
Resources from the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
Certification, Opportunities, and Resources for women-owned business entities.

Tips on starting a small business, including sample business plans.

Business Owner’s Toolkit
How to start and run a small business
Find and apply for federal government grants. 

McAllen Foreign Trade Zone
An isolated, policed, and enclosed area that is near a port of entry and is considered outside customs territory of the United States.

Running a Business

Gale Legal Forms
Large database of legal forms to download or print, and legal reference source.
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Governor's Small Business Handbook
The Small Business Handbook provides in-depth information on starting a business in Texas including information on business formation, employee requirements, taxes and business financing.
A centralized platform with resources for business growth.

U.S. Small Business Administration
Resource guides and assistance for small businesses.

National Federation of Independent Business
Training and support for small business owners.

Business Owner’s Toolkit: Tools & Forms
Offers templates for balance sheets, income statements, and other financial documents.

NOLO Press Free Legal Encyclopedia
Concise legal articles on topics such as disability, immigration, property, and bankruptcy law.      

Templates for creating a business plan and other useful documents. 

OSHA Training Institute
Training and education in occupational safety and health for federal and state compliance officers, state consultants, other federal agency personnel, and the private sector.

Internal Revenue Service
Source for federal and business tax information.
Customer relations management tools.


Finance & Investing
Comprehensive investment research website providing market news and commentary, as well as tools such as interactive charts, quotes, industry analysis and intraday stock screeners.         

CNN Money
Includes current stock prices, business news, and personal finance tips.         

Security Exchange Commission filing database. Foreign and domestic companies are required to file Search registration statements, periodic reports, and other documents for foreign and domestic companies filed electronically through EDGAR. 

FINRA offers a variety of free tools and calculators to analyze risk, returns, expenses, and other personal finance topics.
This site includes current stock prices, company specific news, free investment tools.