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Business Development Organizations
Franklin County Community Development Corporation
Hilltown County Community Development Corporation
Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation
Valley County Community Development Corporation
Common Capital

Chambers of Commerce
Amherst Area
Easthampton
Franklin County
Northampton
North Quabbin
Quaboag Hills

Business Associations
Athol
Greenfield
Montague
Orange
Shelburne Falls Area

Business Libraries
UMASS, Amherst 
Mount Wachusett Community College
Greenfield Community College

Business, General
Business @ Home
A directory of home-based business support organizations listed by state and country.

Business Owner’s Toolkit
Information and tools to help you start, run and grow a successful small business.

Center for Business Planning
Resources and information for planning a business.

ENTERWeb: Enterprise Development Website
Clearinghouse on enterprise development, entrepreneurship, business, finance, international trade and the economy.

Entrepreneur Magazine
Resources for small business ownership and business startups.

Entreworld.org
Links to articles on starting and operating a small business.

Inc. Magazine Online
Information for people starting and running their own business.

Iowa Business Network: Your Business Information Resource
Interactive training on business startup and team design, discussion forums and resource guides.

Joshua Feinberg’s Small Biz Tech Talk
What your highly paid small business computer consultant doesn’t want you to know. An “insider’s scoop on how to take charge of your company’s technology toolbox.

Online Women’s Business Center
Interactive business skills training helping women realize their goals and aspirations for personal and professional development.

My Own Business – Online Course
A course for the full-time entrepreneur and individuals who are already – or are considering – moonlighting with a new business.

netpreneur.org
The best regional entrepreneurship site in the country, from Washington DC. Resources for learning how to grow an online business.

Corporate Information
Many features, including a wide array of search options

SBA: Outside Resources

U.S. Small Business Administration
Information about starting your business, financing, expansion and disaster assistance. Courses and workshops.

Minority Business Development Agency
This federal agency was specifically created to encourage the growth of minority owned businesses in the U.S.

MIT Enterprise Forum
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Resources
Stanford University’s Joshua Venture – Social Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship Resources on the Web
MIT Entrepreneurship Center Resources
allbusiness.com

Job & Workplace
Youth 2 Work

Financial Literacy
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Motley Fool Teen Page
NEFE Teen Resource Bureau

Youth Entrepreneurship Organizations
All Terrain Brain
Clearinghouse on Entrepreneurship Education
The Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education
Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization
DECA
The ‘E’ in Me”
Future Business Leaders of America
Global Entrepreneurship Week
Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
Independent Means Inc.
The Institute for Entrepreneurship
Junior Achievement
Junior Biz
Kauffman Campuses
Micro Business for Teens
Mind Your Own Business
National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation
Students in Free Enterprise
Teen Business Forum
Youth About Business
YoungEntrepreneur.com
Youth Venture 

Books
Bochner, Arthur, The New Totally Awesome Business Book for Kids
Cellini, Adelia and Lamb, Sandra, What Color Is Your Piggy Bank? Entrepreneurial Ideas for Self-Starting Kids
Erlbach, Arlene, The Kids’ Business Book (Kids’ Ventures)
Mariotti, Steve, The Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Running a Business
Rancic, Bill, Beyond the Lemonade Stand
Spinks, Kimberly Burleson and Collins, Robyn, Prepare to Be a Teen Millionaire

Magazines

Journals

Newspapers

Radio

Television
BizKid$ (PBS)

Video

Lenders
ACCION

Technical Assistance
SCORE
Start-Up USA (self-employment for people with disabilities)

Legal
U.S. Copyright Office
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
http://www.myfreecopyright.com

TRADE ASSOCIATIONS
Accounting
National Association of Tax Professionals
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
The Association of Chartered Accountants in the U.S.

Advertising
Advertising Specialty Institute
Promotional Products Association International

Agriculture
American Farm Bureau
Ecological Farming Association
Home Wine & Beer Trade Association
Napa Valley Home Winemakers Association
Northeast Organic Farming Association
Ohio Wine Producers Association
Oklahoma Association of Wine Producers
Wine Institute

Animals
American Boarding Kennels Association
American Dog Trainers Network
American Miniature Llama Association
American Pet Association
American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
Association of Pet Dog Trainers
International Association of Pet Cemeteries
International Professional Groomers
International Society of Canine Cosmetologists
Missouri Pet Breeders Association
National Animal Control Association
National Association of Professional Petsitters
National Dog Groomers Association of America
Pet Behaviorist
Petsitters International
Professional Dog Walkers Association
Professional Mobile Groomers International
Seminole Dog Fanciers Association
The Cat Fanciers’ Association
The Humane Society of the United States
The Independent Pet & Animal Transportation Association
World Wide Pet Supply Association

Architecture
American Architectural Foundation
Association for Women in Architecture
Association of Licensed Architects

Arts/Crafts
American Art Pottery Association
American Art Therapy Association
American Association of Museums
American Dance Therapy Association
American Federation of Musicians
American Institute of Graphic Arts
American Music Therapy Association
Association for the Calligraphic Arts
Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
Association of Crafts and Creative Industries
Association of Restorers
Association of Talent Agents
Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Associations
Contemporary Ceramic Studios Association
Council of Writers Organizations
Forensic Artist Information
Graphic Artists Guild
Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification
International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
Jewelry Design Professional Network
Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America
Music Teachers National Association
National Art Education Association
National Association of Independent Artists
National Association for Music Education
National Candle Association
National Cartoonists Society
National Dance Teachers Association
National Writers Association
National Writers Union
Printing Industries of America
Professional Photographers of America
Professional Picture Framers Association
Society for Environmental Graphic Design
The Furniture Society
The Greeting Card Association
The International Association for Identification
The Society of Illustrators

Automotive
American International Automobile Dealers Association
American Trucking Associations
Autobody Craftsman Association
Automotive Service Association
International Carwash Association
International Carwash Association
National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
National Limousine Association
National Parking Association
National Autobody Council
Towing and Recovery Association of America

Business Services
American Association of Advertising Agencies
American Staffing Association
Associated Landscape Contractors of America
Association of Credit and Collection Professionals
Association of Executive Search Consultants
Association of Image Consultants International
Association of Relocation Agents
Building Owner & Managers Association
Council for Marketing & Opinion Research
Editorial Freelancers Association
Embroidery Trade Association
Institute of Fundraising
International Association of Speakers Bureaus
International Franchise Association
International Association of Administrative Professionals
International Association of Professional Security Consultants
International Business Brokers Association
International Executive Housekeepers Association, Inc.
International Coach Federation
Mailing & Fulfillment Service Association
Management Consulting Association Worldwide
Messenger Courier Association of the Americas
National Association of Mortgage Brokers
National Association of Record Industry Professionals
National Auctioneers Association
National Automatic Merchandising Association
National Council of Investigation & Security Services
National Human Resources Association
National Secretarial Association
National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies
Nat’l Assoc of Professional Organizers
Nat’l Assoc. of Professional Cleaners
North American Simulation & Gaming Association
Public Relations Society of America
Self Storage Association
Society for Human Resource Management
Society for Technical Communication
Society of Cost Estimating and Analysis
The National Organizers Alliance
The Quality Association Anti-Graffiti
The Trade Association of the Data Storage Industry
Trade Show Exhibitors Association
Worldwide Association of Business Coaches

Children
Center for the Child Care Workforce
Doulas of North America
Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association

Construction
American Welding Society
Association of Construction Inspectors
Construction Management Association of America
Deck Industry Association
National Association of Home Builders
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Painting & Decorating Contractors of America
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America

Engineering/Mechanical
International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians

Entertainment
Actors Equity Association
Association of Talent Agents
American Disc Jockey Association
Circus Friends Association
Dance Educators of America
Domestic Placement Network
Game Manufacturers Association
International Association for the Leisure & Entertainment Industry
International Festival and Event Association
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Mobile Entertainers
National Dance Council of America
National Fireworks Association
The Society of American Magicians
The United Stuntmen’s Association
United Stuntwomen’s Association
World Clown Association

Environment
Environment Technology Council
National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association

Fashion
Apparel Manufacturers Association
Association of Image Consultants International
Custom Tailors & Designers Association of America
National Cosmetology Association

Financial
American Payroll Association
Association of Credit and Collection Professionals
Independent Insurance Agents of America
International Claim Association
National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders
National Association of Stockbrokers
The American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers
The Financial Planning Association

Food
American Bakers Association
American Personal Chef Association
International Cake Exploration Societé
National Association of Catering Executives
United Food & Commercial Workers International Union

Health Care
American Association of Home Care
American Association of Oriental Medicine
American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors & Therapists
American Dental Hygienists’ Association
American Medical Billing Association
American Psychological Association
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
International Association of Medical Equipment Remarketers
International Chiropractors Association
National Association of Alternative Medicines
National Association of Home Care
The Association of Medical Illustrators

Home Services
Air Conditioning Contractors of America
American Moving & Storage Association
American Nursery & Landscape Association
American Society for Interior Designers
American Society of Landscape Architects
American Society of Plumbing Engineers
Associated Landscape Contractors of America
Association of Construction Inspectors
Certified Interior Decorators International
Institutional Locksmith Association
Interior Design Society
Interior Designers of Canada
International Executive Housekeepers Association
International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians
International Window Cleaning Association
Master Painters & Decorators Association
National Association of Professional Organizers
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
National Chimney Sweep Guild
National Council of Interior Design Qualifications
National Parking Association
National Pest Management Association
National Roofing Contractors Association
National Spa & Pool Institute
Plumbing & Drainage Institute
Professional Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners Association
Snow & Ice Management Association
Washington Refuse & Recycling Association

Hospitality
American Bartenders’ Association
American Hotel & Lodging Association
American Sightseeing International
Brewers’ Association of America
Council of Hotel & Restaurant Trainers
National Restaurant Association
The Association of Club Executives

Legal
American Arbitration Association
National Association of Legal Investigators
National Court Reporters Association
National Notary Association
National Paralegal Association
National Verbatim Reporters Association
United States Court Reporters Association

Media, Communications
Digital Printing & Imaging Association
Association of American Publishers
Association of Telecom Management Professionals
Editorial Freelancers Association
International Production Crew Resource for Film, Video & Mutimedia Professionals
International Freelance Photographers Organization
National Association of Photoshop Professionals
National Press Photographers Association
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
Wedding & Event Videographers Association International

Medical
Insurance Institute of America

Nonprofit
Center for Non-Profit Corporations

Personal Services
American Association of Wedding Planners
American Bartenders’ Association
American Counseling Association
American Credit Union Mortgage Association
American Massage Therapy Association
American Physical Therapy Association
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
American Tarot Association
Coin Laundry Association
Color Association of the United States
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
Custom Tailors & Designers Association of America
Empire State Association of Adult Homes & Assisted Lving Facilities
Intellectual Property Owners Association
Internet Dating Executive Alliance
Meeting Professionals International
National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences
National Association for Home Care
National Association of Professional Organizers
National Cosmetology Association
National Employment Counseling Association
National Funeral Directors Association
National Resume Writers Association
National Strength and Conditioning Association
National Therapeutic Recreation Society
National Tutoring Association
Professional Association of Resume Writers
Professional Body Guard Association
Professional Resume Writing and Research Association
Self Storage Association
Textile Care Allied Trades Association
The American Dietetic Association

Real Estate
American Association of Certified Appraisers
American Nursery & Landscape Association
Building Owner & Managers Association
National Association of Realtors

Recreation
American Sports Association
American Council on Exercise
National Bicycle Dealers Association
Washington Trails Association

Retail
American Beverage Licensees
American Wholesale Marketers Association
National Association of Resale & Thrift Shops
National Association of Visual Merchandisers
National Parking Association
National Pawnbrokers Association
National Propane Gas Association
Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union
Society of American Florists
The National Art & Antique Dealers’ Association of America

Sales
American Teleservices Association

Technology
Association of Independent Information Professionals
Association of Internet Professionals
Association of Shareware Professionals
IEEE Computer Society
International Webmasters Association 
National Association of Photoshop Professionals
National Association of Software & Service Companies
National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies

Travel
National Tour Association
The American Society of Travel Agents

Wholesale Trade
American Purchasing Society

Writing
American Copy Editors Society
Editorial Freelancers Association
Society for Technical Communication