Small business websites
Australian Industry InnovationXchange Network http://innovationxchange.com.au
A collaborative website that seeks to address the important issues of innovation. It is an initiative of the Australian Industry Group.
Business Entry Point http://www.business.gov.au
A Commonwealth government initiative that makes it easy to search and deal with all levels of government including 50 Commonwealth government agencies, 100 state agencies and125 industry associations.
All Business Network http://www.all-biz.com
An in-depth source of information for people who are already in business and for those just starting out. Navigation is easy and many links are included. Good bibliography of print publications.
Australian Venture Capital Association Limited
Baker Library, Harvard Business School http://www.library.hbs.edu
The Baker Library Web site contains a wealth of information about publications on a wide range of business topics. The Bibliographies and Guides section contains an extensive, annotated bibliography of books, serial publications, and Websites on small business and high growth companies. Other annotated bibliographies help users find company, industry, and financial services information sources.
Bread TV http://wwwbreadtv.com.au
Bread TV is an Australian lifestyle TV show showcasing small business using real life case studies about the trials and tribulations of running a small business. The website provides deeper content around the stories and features practical, hands-on business advice.
Business Owners Toolkit. Riverwood, IL: CCH, Inc. http://www.toolkit.cch.com
Features advice from the SOHO Guidebook, as well as a collection of business forms and selected current news of interest to small business owners. They also have a fee based premium service that allows you to search proprietary databases.
Palo Alto Software publishes the market leading business plan software, and also has an excellent free information site at Bplans.com — you can find out about the software behind it all here.
Business Resource Center http://www.morebusiness.com
A very thorough site that offers tips for getting started, advice, a free newsletter, weekly business tips, marketing tips, management center, financing guide, legal clinic, profitability tips, information about upcoming trade shows, tax talk, and other business links.
Business Week Enterprise. New York: Business Week. http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz
Features news, article archives, and resources for finance, technology, market research, staff and benefits, travel, and more. Some features are unique to Business Week, with others the partner with other information providers such as the Business Owners Toolkit, DRI/McGraw Hill, and Standard & Poor.
Career LeaderTM http://www.careerdiscovery.com/hbsp
Career LeaderTM is a fully integrated approach to business career self-assessment developed by Dr. James Waldroop and Timothy Butler, Directors of MBA Career Development Programs at Harvard Business School.
Based on the principle that 80% of the useful information on the Internet comes from a small percentage of the Web sites, CEOExpress was designed to provide links to the best business sites for targeted business applications and research. Not just for entrepreneurs, this site contains the bookmarks for the best business information sites. Updated daily.
Edward Lowe Foundation/Small Biz Net http://www.lowe.org
Sponsored by the Edward Lowe Foundation, this Web site offers features such as current small business news, seminars, current events, digital library, Edge Online, and the small biznet exchange. Includes links to government & private sites.
Entre World. Kansas City, MO: Ewing Marion Kauffman
Foundation Center For Entrepreneurial Leadership Inc. http://www.entreworld.org
This Web site gives advice on starting and running your business; includes service directories and useful links forsmall businesses.
Finance Hub offers many options for seekers of venture capital and investors. Includes information on venture capital companies, law advice, banking information, and articles on how to obtain venture capital. Entrepreneurs can list their
companies for free in the Finance Hub database.
Foundation for Enterprise Development http://www.fed.org
The Foundation for Enterprise Development is a non-profit organization that provides equity compensation and employee ownership strategies to thousands of entrepreneurs and key executives worldwide. The site has an array of useful links and tools of interest to anyone interested in starting their own business.
Provides assistance and advice to entrepreneurs to help them obtain seed level financing. Identifies and pre-screens highquality investment opportunities matched to investors’ identified interests.
MIT Enterprise Forum http://www.mit-forum-cambridge.org
Over the past twenty years, the MIT Entreprise Forum of Cambridge has assisted approximately 1,000 companies in a variety of ways — helping them to make their business plans more attractive to financial resources, build management
teams, focus on specific markets, develop strategic alliances, and providing education programs.
Quicken: Small Business. Intuit, Inc. http://www.quicken.com/small_business
Includes news and trends, advice, chat rooms, and questions and answers. Lets you customize the site with industry news.
The Small Business Advisor http://www.isquare.com
Site includes articles of interest to small business. Topics include: operations, marketing, selling, legal issues, and customers. Site also has books for sale, daily marketing tips, tax hints, a glossary, and a list of small business associations.
The Web site contains more than 30,000 pages of smallbusiness content with 33 industry experts who will answer user questions and conduct hosted chats on a wide variety of topics. The site also includes 11 databases to help users to
locate anything from banks to business opportunities, and services such as a barter network, business financing, lawyers, personnel, and Web developers.
Small Business Administration. Washington, DC: U.S. Small Business Administration. http://www.sbaonline.sba.gov
The Small Business Administration’s home page provides information on starting, financing, and expanding a business, and includes an extensive list of great business hot-links and a library of business shareware.
Small Business Centre http://smallbusiness.ninemsn.com.au
From the Channel Nine stable of webpages that run complementary to current television shows, the Small Business Centre offers practical advice, tools and services for small business operators.
The Resource for Youth http://www.thesource.gov.au/general/about_us.asp
The source is a gateway to youth information, programmes, services, resources and entertainment for young people between the ages of 12 and 25
Search for statistics and market reports
- AMP.NATSEM Reports on Small Business
- ANZ Industry Briefs – analyze topical issues which are impacting on Australian industry. Includes reports on retail trade and small business.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) publications
- ABS Themes page – includes links to statistics on Business indicators, industries and people
- Characteristics of Small Business Australia (8127.0)
- Small business in Australia (1321.0)
- ABS produce reports on some industries dominated by small business eg. Cafes and Restuarant Industry, Australia (8655.0)You can use the Advanced Search to check if there is a report on a business of interest to you.
- Business Victoria has pages on Starting a business & Industries
- Market research and statistics (Business Entry Point)
- Sensis – See link to Resources for research reports.
Swinburne University of Technology. 2009. Small Business. Retrieved July 18th, 2009 from http://www.swinburne.edu.au/lib/subjectguide/smallbus.htm
University of Canberra. 2008. Entrepreneurship. Australia.