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US Government Websites
By no means should you consider this an exhaustive list of US Government contacts and resources available to the entrepreneur, but the following is a great place to start.

Small Business Administration logoThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

Search for Business Licenses and Permits - Every business needs one or more federal, state or local licenses or permits to operate. Licenses can range from a basic operating license to very specific permits. - The Government's official web portal for all federal, state, and local government web resources and services.

Grants.Gov is your source to FIND and APPLY for federal grants. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community.

American Recovery and Reinvesment Act logoAmerican Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 - The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century.

US Commerce Dept logoU.S. Census Bureau- American Fact Finder web page. "Your source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data".


US Department of Energy logoU.S. Department of Energy - The U.S. Department of Energy's Building Energy Codes Program is an information resource on national model energy codes.


IRS logoInternal Revenue Service - The official home page of the US Internal Revenue Service.

Alcohol & Tobacco Tax and Trade logoABC Boards of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico - The following directory provides the contact information for each state and a link to their Web site.  Please contact those states directly wherein you desire to do business. logoFoodSafety.Gov - Provides links to selected government food safety-related information.

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Development Glossary - Well over 2,000 unique real estate development terms, many with full illustrations or photographs.

us_mapThe National Resource Map - Location Island's National Development Map connects you with your local government (including many published zoning and building codes), Traffic Volumes, Chambers of Commerce, etc. Get the information that you need to build, in three clicks...

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Duke - Ramblings of a Commercial Real Estate Broker. Duke Long is an experienced and talented commercial broker that has built a reputation for telling it like it is. His site contains pearls of wisdom, timely incites and, as he proudly proclaims: No adds, no sales pitches, no listings push…… but maybe a little attitude! 

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).

Negotiation Tip of the Week - These are outstanding audio podcasts (in MP3 format ) that focus on the art of negotiations. Created by Dr. Josh Weiss, Associate Director of the Global Negotiation Project at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard University.

Flag Etiquette - How to properly display our nation's flag outside of your place of business.


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Better Business Bureau logoThe Better Business Bureau - The BBB’s mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. BBB accomplishes this mission by; Creating a community of trustworthy businesses, Setting standards for marketplace trust, Encouraging and supporting best practices, Celebrating marketplace role models, and Denouncing substandard marketplace behavior.

NIBS logoThe National Institute of Building Sciences Is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that successfully brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests, and regulatory agencies to focus on the identification and resolution of problems and potential problems that hamper the construction of safe, affordable structures for housing, commerce and industry throughout the United States.

ICC logoThe International Code Council (ICC) - The International Code Council (ICC) is a membership association dedicated to building safety and fire prevention. ICC develops the codes and standards used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools.

The Construction Waste Management Database- Contains information on companies that haul, collect and process recyclable debris from construction projects. Created in 2002 by GSA's Environmental Strategies and Safety Division to promote responsible waste disposal, the Database is a free online service for those seeking companies that recycle construction debris in their area.

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Lighting manufacturers, through their trade association, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) developed to provide a one-stop source of information about recycling lamps (the term used in the lighting industry to refer to all types of light bulbs).

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Writer's Guidelines - Location Island welcomes ideas and articles from a variety of professions and suppliers. Share what you know, you'll be surprised what you'll learn!

What is Payment by Byline? - Want to raise your resume or corporate credibility to a new level? It's as simple as telling people what you know.

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