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Georgia & Atlanta Business: Small Business / Entrepreneurs

Research Guide for Georgia and Atlanta business resources

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Small Business & Entrepreneur Sources

Check the Library Catalog for e-books on various topics (marketing plan; business plan; financial statements). (note: if you are a visitor, you can read e-books at a visitor computer terminal in the Library.)

Business plans:

Handbooks:

  • Business Guide - Explains business types, franchises, financial aspects, etc. From the SBA.
  •  Small Business Sourcebook - online via Gale Virtual Reference Library
    •  341 profiles of types of businesses - lists associations, sources of supply, trade shows, franchise opportunities
    • older edition - offsite, at Library Services Center) - REFERENCE  HD2346.U5 S66
  •  How to Start a Business in Georgia - 4th ed, 2005

                  older edition is offsite, at Library Services Center) - REFERENCE  KFG205.Z9 R63 2003)

Best States for Business - annual list (in Sept.) from Forbes magazine

Georgia offices and resources:

     U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) -

         Atlanta District office:

         233 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 1900,
         Atlanta, GA 30303
         (404) 331-0100
         (800) 877-8339 TDD/TTY
         Office Hours 8:30am to 5:00pm

 

     SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) - a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small business start, grow and succeed nationwide.

    FREE business consulting and mentoring. Workshops and webinars too (a charge for some of these).

    SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Downtown Atlanta :

         SCORE Atlanta
         233 Peachtree Street, NE
         Harris Tower, Suite 1803  
 
         Atlanta, GA 30303
            Phone: (404) 331-0121
 

    (there are also locations in other cities)

    SBDC (Small Business Development Centers) -  click "refine by state" to see the Centers for Georgia (at GSU ; UGA (several offices in the metro Atlanta area); Kennesaw State)

     Atlanta SBDC is affiliated with Georgia State Univ.

         New location:

              75 Piedmont Ave, NE Suite 700

               Atlanta, GA 30303

               ph. #: 404-413-7830

            Consultants can assist with: business plans, identify sources of capital, analyze financial records, identify foreign markets for products or services, conduct specialized research geared to specific needs of the business-owner, create marketing strategies and advertising campaigns, explore suitable ways to conform to government regulations, increase opportunities to sell to federal, state, and local governments, and analyze statistical and demographic data.

    Corporations registered in Georgia: Search by business name, officer, or agent.  From the Georgia Secretary of State's office. Site requires setting up free account.

    Filing with Corporations Division, Georgia Secretary of State's office - info. and forms.

    TRADEMARKS & PATENTS: Georgia Tech is an official Patent & Trademark Resource Center. For more detail, please check our Patents & Trademarks Research Guides, at: http://libguides.gatech.edu/patent_guide - or - at: http://libguides.gatech.edu/patents

    Georgia Secretary of State's Trademark Database - also links to state service mark application and forms.