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Small Business Counseling
www.score.org
This is SCORE's (Service Corps of Retired Executives) Cyberchapter, offering free email counseling / mentoring to small businesses (including pre-startups and inventors).   With over 1,000 counselors now online (6/02), it's likely you can find one with exactly the experience you're looking for.   Their counselors are required to respond within 48 hours — if you're not pleased with your first selection, don't hesitate to go back and select another until you find one you're comfortable working with.
 
Startup Handbooks
www.toolkit.cch.com
www.sb.gov.bc.ca/smallbus/workshop/workshop.html
 
Directories
http://www.census.gov/pub/epcd/www/naics.html -- NAICS (was SIC codes)
www.thomasregister.com -- Manufacturers
www.harrisinfo.com -- Manufacturers (by state)
www.tsnn.com -- Trade shows
www.manaonline.org -- Sales reps
www.vfinance.com -- Venture capita
www.guidestar.org -- Non-profits
www.fdncenter.org -- Non-profits
 
Other
www.garage.com -- For finding angel investors
www.businessfinance.com -- For finding other financing
www.nolo.com -- Legal self-help
 
Intellectual Property
lcweb.loc.gov/copyright -- U.S. Copyright Office
www.uspto.gov -- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/35 -- U.S. Patent Law (USC Title 35)
www.piug.org/select.html -- Links to foreign patent sites
 
Invention Evaluation Services
www.inventorservices.com
www.wini2.com
academics.uww.edu/BUSINESS/innovate/innovate.htm
 
Inventor Groups / Sites
www.uiausa.org -- National umbrella organization
www.toy-tma.org -- Toy manufacturers association
www.inventored.org -- Ron Riley's site, home of the InvEd-L inventors' forum.
www.inventnet.com -- Victor Lavrov's site, home of the I-Net inventors' forum.
www.patentcafe.com -- Andy Gibbs' site
www.inventorfraud.com -- Michael Neustel's site
www.tenonline.org -- Ed Zimmer's site

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