FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Small Business Administration (SBA)
(414) 297-3941
www.sba.gov 
Small business planner - step-by-step, business plan templates, loan programs, marketing, publications, workbooks, management tools, statistics, laws and regulations and more

Small Business Administration (SBA) - Grants
www.sba.gov
SBA has limited authority to provide grants to educational and non-profits entities.  

Business USA
business.usa.gov
U.S. Government website listing assistance programs for small business from numerous agencies - these programs cover start-up and/or management of small businesses, including are government contacts, financing, intellectual property and more 

U. S. Dept of Commerce
(414) 297-3473 
www.commerce.gov
Includes Bureaus of Economics and Statistics, Census, Economic Analysis, Economic Development, International Trade, Minority Business Development, Technical Information, Telecommunications and Information, Patents and Trademarks, and sources for export assistance

U. S. Social Security Administration
www.ssa.gov/pgm/business
Resources for businesses, employers, government agencies and the self-employed (including verification of social security numbers of employees)

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
www.uspto.gov
Information re: patents and trademarks

U.S. Copyright Office
www.copyright.gov
Information re: copyrighting, laws and policies, publications, registration and more

U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Trade
(800) 232-5378
www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade
Import and export

IRS DATA ON SPECIFIC SMALL BUSINESS TOPICS

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
(800) 829-4933
Internal Revenue Service and Tax Information - Small Business

www.irs.gov/businesses/small 
A list of IRS sites for small business owners and self-employed that provide information on "Starting, Operating or Closing a Business" 

www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=110417,00.html
Information for starting, operating and closing a business venture

www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=98810,00.html
Checklist for starting a business

www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=98359,00.html
The business structures available to form a business and the legal and tax considerations for selecting each business structure type

www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=102767,00.html 
Apply for Employer Identification Number (EIN) on-line

www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=98862,00.html
Information of business employees (full time, part time, family, spouse, seasonal, etc), independent contractors, paying yourself and more

www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=98966,00.html
Explanation of the federal taxes each business must pay (income, self-employment, employment and excise)

www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=99021,00.html
A list of links to state government websites with useful information for businesses

Also see General Help