The U.S. government wants to help you succeed-and it provides some dandy Web sites that can help put you on the fast track.
U.S. Small Business Administration (http://www.sbaonline.sba.gov) Find tips on financing, SBA services and more. This site is a must-bookmark for any entrepreneur.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (http://www.uspto.gov) Want to file for a patent or trademark? Find general information as well as rules and regulations; download the necessary forms; plus get guidance on the how-tos of filing.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (http://www.eeoc.gov/small/index.html) Federal laws protect employees from age, sex and race discrimination; sexual harassment; and much more. You need to know the facts, and this EEOC page-tailored for small businesses-provides the scoop.
Fed World (http://www.fedworld.gov) This site is an intelligent gateway that helps users gain better access to the tons of stats and information compiled each year by the U.S. government.
EDGAR Online (http://www.edgar-online.com) Retrieve all government filings (10ks, 10qs and more) made by public companies and general SEC information at no cost.
IRS (http://www.irs.ustreas.gov) Get obscure tax forms and even tips on taxes and small business at this (perhaps surprisingly) smart and fast-paced site.
StatlUSA Internet (http://www.stat-usa.gov) This site offers a treasure trove of federal government statistics and reports. The good stuff isn't free, but charges are minimal.
The Federal Marketplace (http://www.fedmarket.com) Want to do business with the federal government? This site tells you how.