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Fashion Merchandising Research Guide

Support for Small Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) defines a "small business" as one with fewer than 500 employess and less than $7 million in sales. That seems pretty big to me!  There is a federal office in Fresno, and information specific to the region.

The State of California also has interest in small business development, as does the City of Fresno.

Small business training, counceling, tools, and other helpful resources are available in:

And, don't forget your permits!

Business Plans - Books/eBooks/Databases

Business Plans Handbook (vol.12)

Business Plans Handbook (vol.13 to most current) through Gale eBooks

The Successful Business Plan: Secrets & Strategies

How to Set Your Own Small Business: Study Guide

Your First Business Plan 

Other books about business plans

Mergent Intellect (database)  - Business plan templates are available in the "Learning Center" section