If you own or operate a small business, there is a lot of helpful information available about how to structure your business, how to keep records, where to find the forms you need to submit, and more. Below I’ve put together some quick links that I hope you find helpful and answer your questions.
Quick links for small business owners:
- U.S. Small Business Administration -- Congress created the Small Business Administration (SBA) in 1953 to encourage independently owned and operated enterprises. To serve your needs more locally, the Virginia Small Business Administration operates an office in Richmond.
- SBA Start Up Guide -- Once you have decided what type of business you want to start, and who you want to work with, there are many other decisions to be made. What type of legal structure will you use? How will you insure your business and yourself? How will you keep your records? You can find suggestions to help you answer these questions, and additional questions in the SBA Start-Up Guide.
- Business USA -- There are over 60 Federal agencies with regulations or suggestions for businesses. The SBA has funded Business USA, to help you gain easy access to the federal agencies that will regulate your business. The website contains the latest information to help your business, a search engine as well as many of the forms you may need to submit to get your business operational, and keep it running legally.
- U.S. Department of Treasury -- The Department of the Treasury has established an Office of Small Business and Development, and an Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization to provide assistance to small businesses for procedures concerning the Treasury. This site can be especially useful for minority-owned businesses, woman-owned businesses, veteran owned businesses, and businesses in under-utilized business zones.
- Internal Revenue Service -- The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has billed the Small Business section of its web site “Your One-Stop Business Resource.” This site contains streaming video on a variety of small business issues, toll free numbers to reach the IRS, and information on where to file your tax returns.
- Occupational Safety & Health Administration -- For regulations affecting businesses, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets most of the federal standards regarding workplace safety.
- House Committee On Small Business -- The House of Representatives has a Committee on Small Business that looks out for your needs as an owner of a small business. The Committee also occasionally produces a Small Business Newsletter detailing its activities.