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BusinessUSA portal to resources for those who want their next career to be their new business.

Are you ready to start a business?, an interactive assessment tool designed to help you better understand your readiness for starting a small business. 

Learn how to write a business plan. See templates and free samples

Financing: The SBA offers loans through third-party lenders. Find government funding sources for which you might be eligible. All loans are not alike. Learn about government grants. SBA's Finance FAQ.

Free online training offered by SBA and calendar of events (select "Georgia" under "Event Filtering")

The Small Business Development Center at Georgia State provides free business and economic development consulting for Fulton County (75 Piedmont Ave., NE. Suite 700; 404-413-7830).

The U.S. Minority Business Development Agency offers help for new minority-owned businesses. The Atlanta office of the MBDA is operated by Georgia Tech's Enterprise Innovation Institute (75 5th Street, NW, Suite 300, 404-894-2096).

Atlanta hosts SCORE Atlanta, a non-profit resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (233 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 1803; 404-331-0121).

Veterans should begin at the VA's Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization website. This office helps veteran-owned and other small business concerns that are procurement-ready gain access to economic opportunities.

Young entrepreneurs can check SBA's Youth Entrepreneurship page.

Visit SBA's Office of Women's Business Ownership website.

Some kinds of businesses can work well as a cooperative, benefitting members and communities. Find out more in Co-ops 101 and Research on the Economic Impact of Cooperatives.


The U.S. Internal Revenue Service's Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center for useful tax-related information and how to get a Federal Tax Identification Number.

Georgia: Business Taxes.
Unincorporated Fulton County: Business License.
City of Atlanta: Business Tax Division - 404-330-6270.


For demographics and household income, start with American Factfinder. For information about business locations, size, type, and payroll, use the Economic Census and the Statistics of U.S. Businesses. For information about employee wages, use the Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Fulton County Geographic Information System has a number of interactive online maps that can be useful to prospective business owners. The Property Map Viewer identifies specific parcels in the county, linking to information from the Board of Assessors. The Zoning and Land Use Viewer links to information for unincorporated Fulton County.

For labor and workforce information specific to the state of Georgia use Georgia LaborMarket Explorer. It also includes historical data. 

Holders of a library card from Fulton County Public Library also have digital access to the Gale Directory Library, including Market Share Reporter and Ward's Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies.

StatsAmerica is a portal to government pages developed and maintained by Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and supported by the US Economic Development Administration.

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Data Bank collects government and original research relating to minority populations that could be useful in business research.

Missouri Census Data Center. With latitude and longitude coordinates or a ZIP code, get census information for a radius around a point.

Statistics about U.S. small businesses from U.S. SBA Office of Advocacy. Statistics specifically about minority-owned businesses from the MBDA.

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