Date: Tue, 29 Apr 1997 08:31:38 -0400
From: Bob Rankin 
Subject: TOURBUS - 29 Apr 1997 - Serious Business

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           Today's TOURBUS Topic: Serious Business

Welcome back to another week of TOURBUS!  My wife and a friend have
decided to open a flower shop, and we've found that there's an
incredible wealth of information on the Net to help people who are
starting or running a business.

You can find startup tips, info on financing, competitive analysis,
lists of suppliers and a lot more.  So I put together a list of what
I think are the most useful online resources for entrepreneurs,
inventors, investors, and business owners in today's issue.

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SBA Online -

  If you're starting a small business, looking for financing or other help,
  the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) contains a wealth of
  resources for businesses.

Starting a Small Business -

  A good place to start for information on starting a business.  Help
  on Business Ownership, Naming Your Business, Choosing a Location,
  Insurance, Tax Issues, Licenses, and Record Keeping.

Hoover's Company Capsules -

  Vacuum up a goldmine of business intelligence.  Find profiles
  for more than 10,000 companies with description,  contact information,
  Web links, the latest stock quotes, and more.

BigBook -

  Search a database of 16 million businesses for contact information, maps
  and even driving directions to the establishment of your choosing.

Thomas Register Home Page -

  Thomas Register on the Internet is the world's largest online industrial
  buying source.  Finding the product, service, or company you need is a
  snap, since the entire database of the acclaimed Thomas Register of
  American Manufacturers is available for your use online.  You can search
  through 155,000 companies in the database classified under more than
  55,000 product and service headings.  Plus, more than 2,300 online
  supplier catalogs give you 40,000 pages of detailed buying and specifying

Better Business Bureau Online -

  The Better Business Bureau provides instant access to business and consumer
  alerts as well as helpful resources. You can even file a complaint online.

BizWeb -

  BizWeb brings together company listings and product catalogs from
  around the Internet into one place. BizWeb wants to be the first stop
  on your search for goods, services, and company information.

Quote.Com -
-------------------------------- provides quality financial market data to Internet users,
  including current quotes on stocks, options, commodity futures, mutual
  funds, and indices, for U.S. and Canadian markets. also
  provides real-time business news, earnings forecasts & reports, market
  analysis & commentary, and annual reports.


  Investors, lookie here.  EDGAR stores files submitted by publicly traded
  corporations to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). New
  York University and the SEC provide this data as a service to investors.

Blacklist of Internet Advertisers -

  Just what it sounds like - Unrepentant spammers are condemned to spend
  eternity on this list.  Good reading, both from a historical standpoint,
  and for what NOT to do info.

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office -

  It's not who invents it - it's who gets to the Patent Office first that
  matters.  (Just ask the guy who really invented the telephone.)  This
  site offers searchable indexes on patents, legal material, patent
  resources, technical information and much more.

Now you're armed with information - go out and make it big!
See you next time.  --Bob

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