The internet has become a tremendous resource for entrepreneurs. Following are some new and valuable Web sites:
- The American Express Small Business Exchange (http://www.americanexpress.com/smallbusiness) features a number of helpful pages. Business Planning and Resources assists you with business management, expansion, globalization, nontraditional sources of capital, and tax matters. There is also a time-management quiz that provides personalized advice.
Each month, an in-depth report is presented on a particular topic (an index of past subjects is available). And you can get your questions answered online by a business expert. You can even advertise free in the site's online classified or business-to-business directory.
- If you plan to do business in or with Japan, the Global Window Project?http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/research/japan) should be your first stop. Using research compiled by the University of California, Los Angeles' Anderson Graduate School of Management, and Meikai and Asahi universities in Japan, the site introduces you to Japan's people, language, business etiquette, consumers, economics and more. There are also tips on conducting business in Japan and keeping abreast of legal issues.
- The Big Apple won't seem so big when you visit the city's business Web site (http://www.newyorkbiz.com). You'll find profiles that detail New York City's hottest industries and various incentives available to firms in the area.
There's also a section that explores starting and expanding a business and the city resources that can help. You'll find tips on selling to city agencies as well as a business-to-business directory where you can list your company. Finally, a separate incentives section gives details on 50 special programs ranging from energy to financing.