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American Franchisee Association—A national trade association of franchisees. http://www.franchisee.org.

American Institute of Architects London/UK—Professional organization for UK architects. http://www.aiauk.org.

American Institute of Architects—Professional organization for architects in the US. http://www.aia.org.

American Subcontractors Association—Source of current information for and about subcontractors and suppliers. http://asaonline.com/Web/index.aspx.

Americans with Disabilities Act—Information about the ADA requirements. http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm.

Architects Council of Europe—Professional organization for European architects. http://www.ace-cae.org.

Associated Builders and Contractors—Construction industry news, education and training, advocacy for contractors. http://www.abc.org.

Associated General Contractors of America—Construction industry news, education and training, advocacy for contractors. http://www.agc.org.

Blue Book of Building and Construction—Extensive listings of construction resources from general contractors to subcontractors to suppliers and manufacturers. http://thebluebook.com.

Building Science Corporation—Resource for construction technical information. http://www.buildingscience.com.

Bureau of Economic Analysis—Arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce that publishes useful statistics about business by industry and geographic region. http://www.bea.gov.

Business Filings Incorporated—Private firm that provides incorporation, registered agent, and related services to small businesses. http://www.bizfilings.com.

Business Owner's Toolkit—Forms, articles, and ideas useful to small businesses. http://www.toolkit.cch.com.

Business.gov—A guide to U.S. Government rules, regulations, business law, and other resources useful to business. http://www.business.gov.

Canadian Construction Association—Major Canadian construction industry organization/advocate. http://www.cca-acc.com.

Canadian Federation of Independent Business—Canadian small business advocacy organization. http://www.cfib.ca.

CEOExpress—Website that links to valuable current resources for business owners and executives. http://www.ceoexpress.com.

Ceridian Corporation—Human resources information. http://www.ceridian.com.

Complete Planet—Search engine for databases for various subjects including construction. http://aip.completeplanet.com.

The Construction Confederation—Major UK construction industry organization/advocate. http://www.thecc.org.uk.

Construction Jobs-UK--An easy way to find the latest UK construction vacancies.

Corporate Executive Board—Business resources and solutions. http://www.executiveboard.com.

Corporate Leadership Council—Provides human resources information. http://www.corporateleadershipcouncil.com.

DocuBuilder—Contract document software published by the AGC. Search for DocuBuilder at http://www.agc.org.

Dun & Bradstreet—Source for credit and other information on businesses. http://www.dnb.com/.

European Construction Federation—Major European construction industry organization/advocate. http://www.fiec.org.

European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship—Small business advocacy organization claiming to operate in more than thirty European countries. http://www.ecsb.org.

Financial Calculators--Financial calculators for many purposes. http://dinkytown.net.

FirstGov.gov—A government Web site that claims "whatever you want or need from the U.S. government" is here; a gateway to other government information. http://www.firstgov.gov.

GPO Access—Center for U.S. Government documents, publications, and other resources. http://www.gpoaccess.gov.

Incorporation---Create S Corp, LLC, and other business entities requiring document preparation services. http://www.LegalAce.com.

Internal Revenue Service—Starting point from which IRS forms, rules, and regulations applicable to contractors and other businesses can be found. http://www.irs.gov.

International Council of Shopping Centers—A global trade association of the shopping center industry with 57,000 members including shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, lenders, retailers and other professionals. http://www.icsc.org.

International Franchise Association—Resource for franchises, franchisors, vendors. http://www.franchise.org.

Jobpower—Accounting system for construction, Applied Computer Systems, Inc. http://www.jobpow.com.

Lebhar-Friedman, Inc.—An independent publisher and provider of information about the retail community and its supplier network. http://www.lf.com.

Lemontreepaperie.com---Quality source for business cards and stationery. http://www.lemontreepaperie.com.

National Federation of Independent Business—Small business advocacy organization in the US. http://www.nfib.com.

National Restaurant Association—Restaurant industry news, statistics, forecasts. http://www.nationalrestaurantassociation.com.

Nation's Restaurant News—Restaurant industry news and articles periodical. http://www.nrn.com.

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)—System developed jointly by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to provide comparability in statistics about business activity across North America. Replaces Standard Industrial Classification system (SIC). http://www.naics.com/.

OSHA—Occupational Safety and Health Administration. An arm of the U.S. Department of Labor that establishes and enforces safety standards in the workplace. http://www.osha.gov.

QSR online—Foodservice industry news. http://www.qsrmagazine.com.

Retail Construction Magazine—A focus on the design, construction, renovation and operation of retail businesses including restaurants, groceries, and big-box discount stores. http://retailconstructionmag.com.

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada—Professional organization for architects in Canada. http://www.raic.org.

Royal Institute of British Architects—Professional organization for architects in UK. http://www.riba.org.

SBA Office of Advocacy—Goes to bat for small business in Washington; provides research, education, training information, and extensive statistics useful to small businesses. http://www.sba.gov/advo.

SCORE—Service Corps of Retired Executives. Provides free coaching and business advice for small businesses. http://www.score.org.

Small Business Service (UK)—Small business advocacy agency of UK’s Department of Trade and Industry. http://www.sbs.gov.uk/sbsgov.

Standard Industrial Classification system (SIC)—System for classifying business statistics. Replaced by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). http://www.sec.gov/info/edgar/siccodes.htm.

State Law Matrix—Compilation of various states' laws that affect the construction process. Especially valuable to multi-state contractors. Available with DocuBuilder. Search for State Law Matrix at http://www.agc.org.

Stores—Database for retail stores, useful for obtaining lists of top retailers and related statistics. http://www.stores.org.

Uniform Commercial Code—Index of the codes that attempt to unify commercial law and practices among various jurisdictions including across U.S. state lines. http://www.law.cornell.edu/ucc.

U.S. Census Bureau—A source of official data and statistics that the business owner may find helpful. http://www.census.gov.

U.S. Department of Labor—Statistics and other official information about employment. http://www.dol.gov.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—Official Website of the agency whose rules and regulations regarding the environment greatly affect construction and other industries. http://www.epa.gov.

U.S. Small Business Administration—The SBA is the governmental arm of small business in Washington and provides information on starting, financing, and managing a small business, and may assist with financing. http://www.sba.gov.

Zapdata.com—Online source for business sales leads, mailing lists, and market analysis. Useful for targeting and contacting prospective customers. http://dbml2.zapdata.com.

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