Research Library

This library serves as a “one-stop” center for information concerning starting, running or managing a small business. In here you will find the following:

Small Business Checklists

Checklists for Retail Businesses, Small Restaurants, Inventory-Based Companies and Service-Based Companies as well as an Errors of Omission Checklist. These lists enable the small business owner to take a “snapshot” of the company and its perceived structure/performance and thus enable the owner to devise plans of action to correct any areas that he or she considers deficient.

  • A collection of interesting articles in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resources, Sales, Technology and Office Management. A good read for both existing and prospective small business owners.
  • Closing a Business: This link provides the steps you need to take to disestablish your business in the Commonwealth
  • FDIC Money Smart: This link provides a practical introduction to topics related to starting and managing a business.
  • National Retail Federation: A site packed with information about the latest best practices, trends and future developments in the retail arena.
  • No More Startup Myths: A blog authored by an author and entrepreneur from the United Kingdom who specializes in lifestyle micro businesses. Straightforward and no-nonsense observations and advice.
  • Procurement Technical Assistance Program Information: A link to the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program webpage, which contains a wealth of information for those small business owners who are contemplating selling goods or services to the Federal Government.

Small Business Resource Books

Seven of these information-packed booklets are authored by the writers at New Ground Publications and address a variety of business management areas from, among others, Writing a Business Plan; Understanding Commercial Lending; Small Business Report Card and Buying and Selling a Business. Two of the publications are from Corporate Turnaround and provide information on how to restructure existing small business debt and thus, hopefully prevent a small business owner from going into bankruptcy.

Technology Focused Websites

Listed here are links to a variety of federal government and other websites to help companies find resources and assets to help them in dealing with the issues surrounding commercialization of technology.

Recursos en Español

To contribute to the growth and development of the economy by providing management, technical and other assistance and information to the region’s small business community.

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