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Legal Guide for Starting and Running a Small Business (KF1659 Z9 S82 in the Law Library) will provide a good introduction to many of the legal and tax issues facing entrepreneurs.
The Internal Revenue Service has compiled a selection of resources for the small business owner.
You can browse or search the complete text of the United States Internal Revenue Code from the U.S. Tax Code On-Line web site.
Business.usa.gov provides useful information on all aspects of launching a business, including incorporation details for each state.
The Research Center at BizFilings.com answers questions about forming a corporation, limitied liability company (LLC), or nonprofit.
Information about incorporation in New York can be found on the web site of the State of New York. In addition, most states (and some counties) provide links to business information on their web sites.
Consult our Venture Capital Resource Guide for library resources and links to additional VC web sites.
Thomson One (only works in Internet Explorer) provides extensive venture capital data, in the menu on the Screening and Analysis tab.
Use the Library Catalog to search for items pertaining to venture capital. Here are a few suggestions:
The web site of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office allows free searching for patent and trademark information and includes a wide collection of How To Guides and Frequently Asked Questions.
The web site of the Small Business Administration provides a great deal of information on starting and managing a small business.
The Federal Citizen Information Center inlcudes links to resources for small business owners.
The web site of the State of New York provides information on a wide range of issues for new businesses in New York.
Use the Library Catalog to search for items pertaining to starting a small business. Here are a few suggestions:
The Management Library keeps student business plans from Cornell’s Entrepreneurship Courses (NBA 3000 and NBA 5640) for three years. They are shelved in filing cabinets on the second floor of the library. These business plans are indexed by industry description and can only be used in the library. Business plans for NBA 5070 are on course reserve; please ask for them at the circulation desk. They can be checked out for two hours. These business plans are for educational use only.
The Management Library also has a copy on reserve of Business Plans Handbook: A Compilation of Actual Business Plans Developed by Small Businesses Throughout North America.
One of the best ways to find information about start-ups is to keep up-to-date with business news and industry publications, such as Entrepreneur, Brandweek, Inc., Business 2.0, etc.
For more information on searching for business articles, consult our Article Research FAQs.
Industry analyst reports can be useful sources of information about start-ups. Analysts assess industries in order to determine which ones make the best investment prospects and research the internal and external forces shaping the industry. Full-text analyst reports are available from Thomson One. (only works in Internet Explorer)
Consult our Entrepreneurship Resource List for a selection of library resources in many fields of entrepreneurship.
Use the Library Catalog to search for items pertaining to entrepreneurship. Here are a few suggestions:
The Management Library offers workshops each semester, including classes for entrepreneurship.