Resources - Federal Government
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- Small Business Administration (www.sba.gov)
The SBA's mission is to maintain and strengthen the nation`s economy by aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting the interests of small businesses and by helping families and businesses recover from national disasters.
- Business USA (www.business.usa.gov)
Business USA is a centralized, one-stop platform to make it easier for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire.
- Census Bureau (www.census.gov)
The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation`s people and economy. We honor privacy, protect confidentiality, share our expertise globally, and conduct our work openly. We are guided on this mission by our strong and capable workforce, our readiness to innovate, and our abiding commitment to our customers.
- County Business Patterns (censtats.census.gov/cbpsic/cbpsic.shtml)
provides data on the total number of establishments, mid-March employment, first quarter and annual payroll, and number of establishments by nine employment-size classes by detailed industry for all counties in the United States and the District of Columbia.
- Customs and Border Protection (www.cbp.gov)
Protecting Our Borders Against Terrorism - As the single unified border agency of the United States, the CBP mission is vitally important to the protection of America and the American people.
- Economic Census (www.census.gov/econ/census07/)
The Economic Census provides a detailed portrait of the Nation`s economy once every five years, from the national to the local level. The Economic Census covers nearly all of the U.S. economy in its basic collection of establishment statistics. There also are several related programs, including statistics on minority- and women-owned businesses. Censuses of agriculture and governments are conducted at the same time.
- Employment Laws - from the U.S. Dept. of Labor (http://www.dol.gov/elaws) - The elaws Advisors are interactive e-tools that provide easy-to-understand information about a number of federal employment laws. Each Advisor simulates the interaction you might have with an employment law expert. It asks questions and provides answers based on responses given. If you are a business interested in finding information about major DOL employment laws that may apply to your business, visit the FirstStep Employment Law Advisor and its companion publication, the Employment Law Guide.
- Export.gov (www.export.gov)
Export.gov provides online trade resources and one-on-one assistance for your international business – whether you’re just starting or expanding your global sales. Browse our online information or call 1-800-USA-TRADE to find a trade specialist in your area and get answers to your export questions.
- FactFinder (factfinder.census.gov/)
In American FactFinder you can obtain data in the form of maps, tables, and reports from a variety of Census Bureau sources. From the Main Page find links to data in American FactFinder and other Census Bureau sites.
- FedBizOpps.gov (https://www.fbo.gov)
The single government point-of-entry for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. Government buyers are able to publicize their business opportunities by posting information directly to FedBizOpps via the Internet.
- Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov)
The FTC works to ensure that the nation’s markets are vigorous, efficient and free of restrictions that harm consumers. Experience demonstrates that competition among firms yields products at the lowest prices, spurs innovation and strengthens the economy. Markets also work best when consumers can make informed choices based on accurate information.
- HUBZONE Information (https://eweb1.sba.gov/hubzone/internet/)
This site will help you understand this government established program.
- Industry Classifications (www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/)
This web site lets you look at North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes.
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Tax Information For Businesses
- Labor Laws (www.dol.gov/elaws/)
The elaws Advisors are interactive e-tools that provide easy-to-understand information about a number of federal employment laws. Each Advisor simulates the interaction you might have with an employment law expert. It asks questions and provides answers based on responses given.
- Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov)
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor. The BLS also serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labor.
- OSHA On-site Consultation (www.osha.gov/consultation)
OSHA's On-Site Consultation Program offers free and confidential advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. On-site Consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations. Consultants from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs.
- Patent and Trademark Office (www.uspto.gov)
For over 200 years, the basic role of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has remained the same: to promote the progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited times to inventors the exclusive right to their respective discoveries (Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the Nation’s technological progress and achievement.
- Write your Representative (www.house.gov/writerep)
Find your Representative then proceed
- Write your Senator (www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm)
Find your Senator then proceed