Tools for Business
Entrepreneurism has declined 40% since 1978
Independent retailers' market share has dropped 44%
since the 1970s
"Independent retailers return more than three times as much money [to the community] per dollar of sales than chain competitors."
Strong ecosystems allow entrepreneurs to quickly find knowledge and resources they need to succeed.
The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building Playbook
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Tools for Business is a customized information hub with:
10,000+ localized links
Answers to 500+ questions
Online chat support.
900+ translated safety resources in 33 languages
Here are some questions answered within the Tools:
What type of business signage improve my profits?
Mine rescue instruction
Ergonomics for the mining industry
What are the 5 most common scams against small business?
I need safety resources for logging
Tell me about SBA disaster loans and the required documents
What is the Google Search Console?
What is Six Sigma certification?
What does guaranteeing a loan mean?
Are there any SBA loans for international trade?
How do I create a strategic plan?
I need an emergency action plan for my restaurant
Can someone help me implement lean manufacturing?
I need a new employee orientation checklist
Is there business support for artists in my area?
If I sell firearms, what licenses do I need?
What special loan programs are available in my area?
What do I do if there is an active shooter?
Are there time management resources to improve my organization?
What assistance can I get if I am relocating my business?
How can I get free OSHA compliance help?
What forms to I have to file quarterly to the state?
I want to train my employees on using forklifts safely
If I sell food, do I have to label it?
How do you add a "Share" button?
What is the OSHA Injury and Illness log?
How can I use technology to boost my business?
Are there food labeling exemptions for small business?
Tell me about Buy California
I need to train my late-night workers in safety
Is there any support if imports are wiping out my business?
I am looking for tips when buying a franchise
What are Articles of Incorporation?
What are Bylaws?
Do I need an alarm permit?
Where can I get 1-on-1 export assistance?
I want to improve teen worker safety in my restaurant
I am looking for business simulation games for training
When does the IRS consider me to be an employer?
Are there any energy rebates in my area?
Can I be reimbursed for training employees?
I'm looking for hazard checklists in the hospitality industry
What is the Amazon Gift Card Scam?
How do I reserve a company name?
Pollution Prevention for Biotech Labs
How can my business plan for a disaster?
What is a DUNS number and why do I need one?
What forms do I need to register as an employer?
Fire Safety for Hotels/Mdels
How can I use ergonomics to reduce worker injuries?
Do I need a food permit?
Is there legal help for exporters?
Where are tax withholding charts?
How do I comply with the Menu Labeling Act?
What are the dangers of forming a partnership?
What are cottage food regulations?
I need a cyber security policy and planning guide
What employer taxes am I responsible for?
Is your commercial truck or van regulated by the DOT?
How is tip income reported?
What is Amazon Brand Registry?
Marketing manual for fishermen
Do any organizations help businesses "go green"?
How can I sell to my state?
I need a tool to create a job description
I want training on how to sell to the government
What are the pros and cons of being an entrepreneur?
I want to know about California Seismic Safey Loan Program
Commercial Fishing - how to manage finances
Where can I get loans to fund my exports?
What is Use Tax?
Are you a second stage business?
I need to train my managers on handline distressed employees
I need to train my employees on security awareness
What is the Harmonized Tariff system?
Are there any Beginning Farmer programs in my state?
What business databases does my local library have?
Is there any entrepreneurship training for veterans?
What are the skills and talents required for entrepreneurship?
Help me compare a USDA and an SBA loan
What are the top 10 green practices for restaurants?
What is an NAICs code?
Can you summarize all the requirements I have as an S Corporation?
Is there entrpreneurial training in my area?
Are there SHA safety publications for my industry?
Where can I find pollution prevention assistance?
Is there a disaster readiness assessment?
What quarterly forms do I need to file for sales tax?
What is a utility patent?
What is new hire reporting?
I need resources to handle the Prescription Drug epidemic
Is there a HIPAA Security Risk Assessment Tool
How can the Better Business Bureau help my company?
How can I get my brochures in the California Welcome Centers?
How can I reduce distractions and stress?
What quarterly forms do I need to file for income tax I've withheld?
What is the Employer's Model Return to Work program?
What are federal debt collection rules?
IRS withholding charts
When are all these forms due?
What is an S Corporation election?
How can I calculate my air pollution emissions?
How does the IRS classify employees versus independent contractors?
What is a PTAC - and how can it help my business?
How do I get a sellers permit?
What is DE542 in California?
How do you set up a blog?
How should I investigate a sexual harassment complaint?
Hours-of-Service Regulations fr the trucking industry
What California cities have higher minimum wage rates?
What are the best practices for restaurant success?
Can I be reimbursed for back-to-work modifications?
What forms to I have to file with the Secretary of State?
How can I license technology developed by local universities?
How do you do a copyright?
Commercial fishing - financial statements and business calculations
I need a customer survey tool
National Agricultural Center sponsored by the EPA
15-minute presentation template to angel investors
Where can I find sample business plans
How do you get certified as a green business?
What are MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets?
Can you summarize all the requirements I have as an employer?
Why should I do a business plan?
I need a food safety template in agriculture
How can I build my business credit?
What EPA regulations does my health care business need to follow?
What training resources are there for IRS requirements?
How can I calculate payroll taxes?
What is an Operating Agreement?
Is there business recycling in my area?
Tell me about loans if I bid on a federal transportation project
What is a B Corporation?
10 things employers do to get sued
How do I issue stock?
Are there any loan programs for my business?
I'm looking for sexual harassment resources
How do I set up my computers to minimize repetitive stress?
Is there any sexual harassment training for my supervisors?
How can I sell to my county?
Can you negotiate a credit card interest rate?
Where can I get business mentoring?
How do I register my business to sell to the state?
Are there energy best practices for industry?
What is a topic cluster in internet marketing?
I want to train my food workers in emergency readiness
I am looking for templates for restaurant management
What is the AIDA Marketing Strategy?
I am hiring a veteran. Are there any tax credits?
How can I make sense of my financial statements?
What disaster assistance is available for agriculture?
What is a Voluntary Environmental Management System Iso 14001
I want to do 360 surveys. Are the sample surveys?
How can a One Stop Career Center help my business?
What 1-on-1 business assistance is available in my area?
Can you explain the 20% Qualified Business Income Deduction?
I want a mentor from SCORE
What taxes do I have to withhold from my employees?
Is there a tool to analyze my business carbon footprint?
What are the different SSL certificates and why do I need them?
I need 1-on-1 help finding bid opportunities with government
Can I promote my business with the local visitors bureau?
How can I find federal sub-contracting opportunities?
Are there buy-local programs in your area
What is the Food Safety Modernization Act and how do I comply?
I want to know how to sell when my product in not unique
I want to implement a Drug-Free Workplace
What quarterly forms do I need to file for unemployment insurance?
I want to become a food entrepreneur and need resources
What is a HUB zone and where is the nearest one to me?
I need a fixed asset tracking worksheet
How can I Adopt an Attitude of You for my business?
What do I have to do to comply with ADA?
Choosing a retirement plan for your small business
Are there any training programs for loggers?
I need my state's withholding charts
Resources for Foodworker Illness Awareness
What forms do I have to file quarterly to the federal government?
HAZMat Transportation regulations
How can I learn how to sell?
OSHA safety information for the trucking industry
I want to sell to FEMA
How can the Chamber of Commerce help my business?
What employers should NOT do to respond to the Zika virus
I need compliance help as a small food manufacturer
Where can I get withholding allowance forms
Are their guides on starting a restaurant?
I need Hate Violence Protection information for my California employees
Do I have to pay estimated income tax?
I need injury prevention resources for the wood products industry
I want to support veteran businesses with StreetShares
Can you summarize all the requirements I have as a sole proprietor?
Do I need a sign permit?
What is the Section 179 tax deduction?
I want to know about how to use KickStarter to fund my business
I need help estimating my cash flow
How is federal unemployment tax handled?
What is the Rapid Response Service?
Managing Storm Water Runoff
Are there resources on Work-Life Balance for business owners?
Tell me about the free bonding for hiring at-risk employees
What assistance is there for Native American businesses?
Is there a free halp to help me keep track of things?
Fat, Oil, and Grease requirements for restaurants
How can I use Reference USA from the library to find contacts?
What are retail best practices?
Who do I notify if there is graffiti?
What are California debt collection rules?
I am looking for soft skills training in spanish
How can I send marketing material through the US Mail?
SWOT analysis: Streng Weakness Opportunities and Threats
How can I use technology to improve my cash flow?
Do I have to have a business license?
What is SAM?
What is the Baldrige National Quality Program?
What annual forms do I have to file for the federal government?
I want to know about crowdfunding
What is the difference between cash and accural accounting?
What posters do I need for my employees?
Does my business have to check the Do Not Call Registry before making outbound calls?
What desk exercises can keep my employees alert?alert
Is there an emergency alert notification system in my community?
After a cyber attack, I need to know what to do
What is ISO 9000 Certification?
What annual forms do I have to file for the state?
Sales tax rates are confusing - how does it work?
Are there any loans for businesses in rural areas?
How to set up an inventory management system
Is there new hire reporting for independent contractors?
What is the best business entity for me?
I want to sell disaster supplies t the American Red Cross
What is the cost of Substance Abuse in my business?
How can I find an SBA lender?
Are there business plan tools for the fishing industry?
What are Articles of Organization?
Is there a tool to evaluate my business water footprint?
What are 1099D forms and do I need them?
What industrial or commercial sites are available in my area?
What is DBE certification?
Where local foreign trade zones?
What should I pay my employees?
Can you summarize all the requirements I have as an LLC?
How can my products be certified as Organic?
How can I use my balance sheet and income statement to evaluate my business?
What are key performance indicators for retail businesses?
I need workplace violence prevention training materials
How can you monitor your business and industry on the web?
What do I have to do for an annual shareholders meeting?
What is social security self-employment tax?
Are there sample Written Workplace Safety Programs?
Is there a sample Contract for Services for Independent Contractors?
I'm looking for sample forms for debt colleciton
I want to start a winery and am looking for information
I want to reduce losses in my restaurant
Can I deduct my home office?
What forms do I need to start a corporation?
How do you do a trademark?
What are the top warnings for scams?
Do I need a home occupation permit?
I need the best practices to stay out of debt
Can you summarize all the requirements I have as a partnership?
Is there a state Market Maker for agricultural markets?
Information about federal work visa programs
I want to buy carbon offsets. How do I do that?
What is the difference between an independent contractor and an employee?
I need a sample employee handbook
What do I need to know before doing an employment background check?
What are the elements of Business Insurance?
What resources are there to manage my farm?
I am looking for tips on how to selling disaster claims
What are FLSA regulations?
How can I use ergonomics in my hospitality business?
What EPA regulations does my construction company need to follow?
How can I sell my food product?
How do I label my product with a UPC barcode?
What is the Work Opportunity Tax Credit?
Fire Evacuation Planning
Is there state disability insurance for employees and/or business owners?
What is a resellers certificate?
How do I get a business reply envelope?
What to do to get a good business credit score?
Are there resources for women entrepreneurs in my state?
What is the World Trade Council?
I want a workplace program to address domestic violence
What Human Trafficking posters are required in California?
Are there any disadvantaged business certification programs in my city or state?
I want basic entrepreneurial training
What do I have to do before getting a business loan?
I want to develop a violence prevention program
I want to sell Benefits so I can avoid price discounts
What is a pass-thru entity?
Where can I get free training on exporting?
What is the Gold Key Matching Service?
Does California have any financing for manufacturers?
Am I required to provide breaks to my employees?
How can I sell to the federal government?
How can I protect my property from disaster?
How can I prevent fraud in my business
How can I participate in Adopt the Road programs?
Where can I get free market surveys on global demand for my products?
Should I be an S or a C corporation?
How do I respond to the Opioid crisis and still comply with ADA?
Is there lean performance training?
What is the H2Otel Water Challenge
How do I get a liquor license?
What is country of origin marking?
How can US Census Business Builder help my business?
I need training resources for soft (people) skills
What are the smoking regulations for businesses?
How do I include employees with disabilities in my evacuation plans?
Are there any Angel Investment groups in my area?
How can my business use HashTags?
I need 1-on-1 help with my agricultural business
Is there a checklist for restaurant crime vulnerability?
I'm a small retailer and need a marketing checklist
How do I comply with FDA requirements?
Does Department of Transportation give priority to veteran owned businesses?
Can someone help me with environmental compliance?
What loans are available for industrial or commercial buildings?
How can I implement a drug-free workplace?
What are 1099M forms?
What are basic business tax deductions?
Where can I get export credit insurance?
How to choose a credit card
Where can I post jobs or find local workers?
What forms do I need to start an LLC?
What are Schedule B classification codes?
Are there any façade improvement programs in my area?
How do I file W-2s?
I want to avoid being used for giving a reference
What are the first steps in getting back to business after a disaster?
Are small business classes offered at local community colleges?
Why is employee feedback important?
What is California's Parental Bonding Leave?
I am looking to prevent Medical Identity Theft
I'm looking for a loan repayment calculator
How can I sell to my city?
Find out where your customers, competitors and suppliers are using SizeUp
What forms do I use to pay myself?
Is there bad check restitution help in my area?
How do I get certified as a woman-owned business?
I want to know the top markets for exporting
Online MSHA training
What I e-Verify?
I need to train my employees on emergency evacuation
What is business interruption insurance?
Am I required to have workers compensation?
I need to train for soft skills in the health industry
Is there unemployment insurance for my employees or me after a disaster?
What interview questions are illegal to ask?
What to consider before using your home equity or savings to fund your business?
Please explain the basics of marketing in business?
What resources are there for agritourism?
How is money handled when exporting or importing?
How do I handle Marijuana in the Workplace?
What is the SBA Mentor Protégé program?
How can the National Compliance Assistance Centers help my business?
What is Work Sharing and how do I implement it?
I need to figure out ownership. Is there a simulation tool?
What is the difference between a strategic plan, a business plan and an operational plan?
How to use Sketch.io for social media
Is there food certification training in my area?
What is the minimum wage?
Does my business need flood insurance?
If I sell tobacco, what licensees do I need?
Where can I find labor and economic information for my area?
I want to provide my truck drivers with Ergonomics information
What is Ban the Box?
What forms do I need to register my business name?
Are there safety resources specifically for agriculture?
What is certified payroll?
What is a Schedule K-1?
I want to prevent a cyber attack on my business
How do I get certified as a small or minority owned business?
What customized training is offered by my local community college?
What are best practices in construction?
Tools for Business is customized for communities with local, state, federal and best-of-the web resources to start and grow businesses.
Entrepreneurs can access information quickly, without confusion.
We have Tools for ALL Four Elements of a Strong Entrepreneurial Eco-system
Let's Start Today!
866.429.1527 (West Coast)