NFTE publishes several books that can guide you through the process of developing a business plan. Contact us for more information and to purchase materials.
These organizations offer a wide variety of workshops and conferences, financial assistance, directories and other resources that can help you as a small business owner:
US Small Business Administration  - provides programs and services to help small business owners, including information about financial assistance, trainings and counseling, regulatory information and contract opportunities.
National Association of Small Business Contractors  - a trade association that supports the interests of America's small business suppliers who provide goods and services to government, prime contractor, and corporate buyers.
StartupLoans.org  - a resource that provides factual information about the lending industry, and resources for businesses such as incorporation portals, state by state resources, and free publications for e-books with common trends and business research.
US Chamber of Commerce  - the world's largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes. 96% of US Chamber members are small businesses.
Women Impacting Public Policy  - an advocacy organization for female and minority small business owners.
IBM 100  - to celebrate IBM's 100th anniversity they are sharing a Student Entrepreneurs guide on their website that you can download. This toolkit provides you with many great resources on how to turn an idea into a business.
There are tons of resources out there for entrepreneurs these days. Here are just a few that we like. You can also read our blog  and listen to our podcast series  for business tips and stories of success from other aspiring and established entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneur  magazine offers tips on all things related to your business, including marketing & sales, human resources, technology, home-based businesses and more.
Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center  - The IRS has compiled a robust list of resources related to issues such as registering your business, employment taxes, health coverage legislation and other essential topics.
List of Legal Resources For Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs  - this site compiles an extensive list of articles, blogs and online tools about various legal matters pertaining to launching a business.
The New Entrepreneur  is Bloomberg BusinessWeek's blog geared toward the small business community.
EntreOasis  is a website dedicated to being a central source of information, resources, and social networking for entrepreneurship.