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Links to resources on how to start your own business:

(Special thanks to Polly Boruff-Jones and her Business Resources subject guide for many of the items below.)


Quiz: Are you ready to start your own business?
Tips to Help You Start Your Own Business, Ebony, October 2005
4 steps to starting your own business, Money Magazine on
Raising Start-Up Capital,
Indiana Business Magazine: Offers some of the leading business writers in Indiana who seek out the local perspective.
Indiana Economic Digest: Daily news on business and economic events throughout Indiana
Thinking of starting a business? Know the risk -- from a blog in Money Magazine, with links to previous items on the topic.

Government Resources:

Start Your Business (from the US Small Business Administration website)


Knowledge@Wharton From the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, this web resource allows viewers free access to articles based on research conducted at Wharton, as well as from a variety of other sources. There are also interviews with industry leaders, book reviews, and links to other related websites. This website offers comprehensive, high-quality management resources and useful sources for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Whatever the business or management task, you can find information, products, services, and online tools here. Check out their Resource Centers area, which includes areas on Start-Up and One-Person Businesses.
My Own Business, Inc. is a nonprofit Web site covering all the basic business disciplines of starting and operating a business. is a site that lists a lot of links covering many things dealing with starting a business along with step-by-step guides and resourses.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is a site that links to the different chambers of commerce that can offer business advice in their area. offers small and home-based business resources. In particular, click on the "Reference" link, and browse through the other websites they suggest. While this is primarily a place for businesses to advertise how you can work at home for them, there are some helpful resources here.

For Women:

Ladies Who Launch - Women Entrepreneurs & Successful Women: Entrepreneurship and creativity online community for women.'s Women in Business
Pink Magazine's Knowledge Bank -- Pink is a for-profit magazine that focuses on helping women succeed in business while maintaining a balanced life. Their Knowledge Bank section offers a section of "Tools to start and grow your business" aimed at women entrepreneurs.

Book Suggestions:

(If your library does not have the book you want, others will; order it via interlibrary loan!)
  • The Martha rules : 10 essentials for achieving success as you start, build, or manage a business / Stewart, Martha / 658.1 STE
  • Small business, big life : five steps to creating a great life with your own small business / Barajas, Louis / 658.022 BAR
  • Business Plans Handbook: A Compilation of Actual Business Plans Developed by Small Businesses Throughout North America, Pearce, Lynn M., editor
  • Going Solo: The Best Resources for Entrepreneurs and Freelancers / Stanley I. Mason, Jr., editor
  • Mancuso's Small Business Resource Guide / Mancuso, Joseph
  • The Small Business Marketing Handbook / Maitland, Iain

Links to Other Business-Related Resources


Business Ethics, the online magazine about corporate responsibility. It contains articles, publications, case studies corporate codes of ethics, and professional organization and associations as well as resources and centers information. There are also links provided for additional information on bioethics, plagiarism, and research ethics.
Business Filings Database - This site provides information on corporate and business filings on their websites, which are all available to the public. Document search and retrieval is very easy to initiate. Links are arranged by state and include different types of filings, searching capabilities, registration requirements, and charges (if applicable).
Free Management Library - This resource is designed to "help provide highly accessible and practical resources to managers," with the overall goal of providing basic, how-to management information. Information is organized into 68 general categories of information, and then further broken down into various subject subdivisions. Links are provided to documents, articles, library sites, and online discussion groups relevant to the topic.

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