Websites for Small Business

Here you can find a short section with links with help and information for your small business.

Local and Ohio Websites

Business Start Up Guide
Get Toledo Chamber's "Start Up/Building Your Business Plan" guide. It will give you answers to many start-up questions, how to create a business plan and serve as a valuable resource.

County Business Patterns:
Find out about other businesses in your geographic area.

Northwest Ohio SCORE
Small business advice and resources from local business experts

Ohio 1st Stop Business Connection:
Information from the Ohio Department of Development's Small Business Development Center

Ohio Secretary of State Business Filings
Link directly to the website of the Ohio Secretary of State.  Use this site for business filings, including name availability and business forms and fees.

Perrysburg Chamber of Commerce
Local association of business owners and community leaders

Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Access the resources and connections of the Northwest Ohio business community.

WEN -- Women's Entrepreneurial Network
Supports and encourages  women business owners, women business professionals and women-friendly businesses grow their business through networking, education and connections."

U.S. Government and Popular Business Websites

Access eCommerce
E-Commerce, from basic information to tips on planning your business website.

Official business link to the U.S. government
Information, articles, and links from the popular business publication. Includes special tabs for
franchises, home-based businesses, and starting your own business.

Grants page from
Grant information and links for non-profits & educational institutions.  Information and links on loans and financing for small businesses.

Inventor Resources (of the) U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s official website.  The Inventors and FAQ sections are helpful for beginners.

Inventor’s Handbook from MIT
A “handbook was created by the Lemelson-MIT Program to address the independent inventor's and aspiring entrepreneur's most frequently asked questions regarding United States patents.”
Features of interest include sample business plans and website design tips.

Small Business Administration
Site of the U.S. Small Business Administration and portal to information & resources to help small businesses.

Start-Up Nation
Website devoted to start-ups. Useful information and an active community page with opportunities for online networking and discussion.
U.S. government site dedicated to protecting intellectual property. Website has useful information on copyright, patent, and trademark protection for entrepreneurs.