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Business Internet Guide (formerly the Small Business Webliography): A Comprehensive Web Site Guide to Small Business Resources
Prepared by Ro Kamsar with assistance from members of Ocean County SCORE Chapter 150 and current and past members of the Information Services staff of the Ocean County Library, Toms River Branch. September 2004. Edited for the Web site by Panch Bharathan and Meagan Toohey December 2005 and Angela Zebrowski August 2006.

The Ocean County library has assisted hundreds of county residents by providing information on starting and managing a small business. 

We own books, videos, magazines and many brochures that may be borrowed or photocopied. Find helpful titles on start-up, law, financing, advertising and marketing. Especially popular are the Entrepreneur Start-up Guides that focus on specific businesses such as How to Start A Limousine Service, How to Run a Family Hair Salon, etc.

ocl business link exchange

The Ocean County Library's Business Link Exchange provides local businesses in Ocean County, New Jersey the opportunity to showcase their Web sites. This Link Exchange is for Ocean County business owners who are Ocean County Library cardholders.

The Business Link Exchange requires a Java-enabled web browser. Your browser may ask you for permission to run in order to access it.

Take advantage of an excellent business reference collection featuring current directories, indexes and government documents in print or electronic format such as:

  Thomas Register of Manufacturers
  Dun and Bradstreet Regional Business Directory
  Troy’s Almanac of Business and Financial Ratios
  Community Profile Analysis: Consumer and Business Demographic Reports / Ocean County
  Encyclopedia of Associations
  Small Business Sourcebook
New edition of Small Business Handbook will appear here soon.

Check our kiosks for a list of current events and area announcements of interest to the small business community.

Surf the World Wide Web or create your own business forms and documents using the library’s PCs. Attend one of the free small business seminars given by SCORE,  Counselors to America’s Small Business, Ocean County Chapter 150 and the Monmouth/Ocean Small Business Development Center.

Small business resources on the World Wide Web

Start-up and Management

  County Clerk’s Office
Small business assistance from your county clerk including information on trade name registration, a directory of local chambers of commerce and a direct link to the NJ Bureau of Commercial Recording.

  New Jersey Business Gateway Service: One Stop Shopping/Business Gateway for New Jersey Businesses
Access the new NJ-Reg form to register your new business with the state’s Bureau of Commercial Recording. NJ-Reg covers all taxes and related liabilities to which a new business may be subject. It also covers filing of new business entities such as domestic or foreign corporations and limited liability companies.

 New Jersey Small Business Development Center
The New Jersey SBDC provides information, free counseling and affordable training on
a variety of topics such as international trade, e-commerce and manufacturing. Contact the Monmouth/Ocean SBDC at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ to arrange an appointment with an SBDC counselor.

NY Times Small Business Section
Offers articles of special interest to small business owners.

  SCORE Counselors to America’s Small Business  Ocean County Local Chapter 150
is a non-profit volunteer organization, staffed by experienced business people who are dedicated to advising the potential or established small business owner. Be sure to visit our local chapter’s Web page for information on SCORE’s free confidential counseling service, office locations and for a schedule of upcoming seminars held at convenient locations throughout the county.

National SCORE site offering expert counseling via e-mail, links to a variety of helpful Web sites and a directory of SCORE chapters throughout the United States.

  New Jersey In Touch
Official NJ site featuring handy links to sources on women and minority business, demographics and labor market information. Access NJ’s programs on business and economic development including Prosperity New Jersey, Procurement Purchase Bureau and the New Jersey Business Gateway Service.

  Small Business Administration
Small Business Administration Online provides excellent information on loans, disaster assistance and procurement. It also has links to websites that provide legal information related to small business.

  Entrepreneur Magazine’s Small Business Square
Online business authority that offers links of special interest to the small business owner in addition to a searchable archive of articles.

  CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit
Commerce Clearinghouse, the tax experts, offers advice on management, marketing and taxes, of course. This site also provides a free subscription to their online newsletter.

  Yahoo! Small Business
Small business news, bulletin boards and chat rooms. Yahoo! Small Business features articles on popular topics such as how to build an online business and how to expand your business globally.

Chambers Of Commerce

"Visit your state and local chamber web sites for details on membership benefits and chamber events. Access a complete roster of member businesses."

New hyperlinks are listed below:

 New Jersey State
 Toms River – Ocean County
 Greater Lacey
 Point Pleasant Beach
 Southern Ocean County - serving all points South of Forked River
    including Barnegat, Long Beach Island, Stafford and Tuckerton
 Bay Head Business Association

Business plans

Locate, download and edit sample business and marketing plans from a variety of real businesses.

Financial Ratios

Free rate information on financial products, including mortgages, credit cards, CD’s, checking, etc.

Confused by financial ratios? Select from a list of quick calculators to determine how your business measures up with others in the industry. A must for anyone developing a business plan or seeking a small business loan.


  New York Times: E-Commerce Report
Check the E-Commerce Report in the CyberTimes section each Monday for all the latest in buying and selling online. Registration is required but free of charge.

  Wilson Internet Services
Visit the "Web Marketing Information Center" to find answers to many of your questions regarding e-commerce and Web site design.

  Sell It on the Web: Your #1 E-Commerce Resource
Start with E-Commerce 101 for a step-by-step guide to creating your own online store.

  Zdnet's E-business
Online classes and expert assistance make Zdnet a practical tool for any business owner involved in e-commerce.

Franchises and Franchising

 Franchise Zone

Franchise 500®
Fastest-Growing Franchises
Top New Franchises
Top 101 Homebased Franchises

Home-based Business

 About.com - Small Business Information
A great starting point for any entrepreneur, About.com covers all topics related to small business such as home based businesses, legal matters and financing.

 Entrepreneur’s HomeOfficeMag.com
Great tips on networking, equipping and organizing for your home office.

 MOMS Network.com
A well maintained message board provides a forum for work at home parents to discuss the challenges of raising a family and running a successful home business.

Consult the "Home Based Business Guides" for advice on getting started and avoiding common pitfalls, balancing family and business and optimum workspace design for your home office.

Importing and Exporting

  U.S. Business Advisor
Comprehensive information on doing business with the federal government, international trade and business finance.

  United States Customs Service
Read about the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA). Access commercial importing procedures and requirements.

  United States Department of Commerce
Link to agencies within the USDOC for comprehensive information on all aspects of importing and exporting including regulations, licensing, tariffs and embargoes:

  Bureau of Industry and Security
U.S. export policies and regulations.

  International Trade Administration
Practical information to help businesses select their markets and products.


  Elaws--U.S. Department of Labor
Employment law assistance for small business. Coverage includes such topics as employee benefit plans and OSHA regulations.

  FindLaw.Small Business
Designed for non-legal professionals, FindLaw contains a list of useful forms, plans and sample company policies, all available for downloading. Also contains a step by step process on starting a business and a browsable directory of lawyers by state.

  NOLO’s Legal Encyclopedia
Search the small business category for answers to questions on limited liability, partnerships, taxes and much more.

Patents and Trademarks

  United States Patent and Trademark Office
Everything you need to know about patent and trademark registration including forms and fees. A searchable database of current and expired patents and trademarks.


  IRS Digital Daily
Find federal tax forms and publications. Be sure to explore the new Small Business and Self Employed One-Stop Resource which provides a checklist for selecting a new business and business structure.

  New Jersey Division of Taxation
Access publications and forms for small business. Special publications are available for key businesses such as photographers, auctioneers, landscapers, auto repair shops, and more.

Tourism/Ocean County

  Discover Ocean County - Ocean County Office of Public Affairs
Descriptions of county supported activities, organizations and current events. A helpful site for those involved in the tourist or real estate industries. It is useful for planning the location of your business, your products and your advertisements.

Trade Shows & Associations

A guide of web sites of prominent organizations and associations in business and economics made available by the Internet Public Library. Joining professional associations and attending their meetings and conferences is an excellent form of newworking.

Search the Festival finder to access over 32,000 festivals around the world for promoting your products or services.

  Trade Shows
Directories of trade fairs and business events bringing you an exhaustive coverage of exhibitions, trade shows, expositions, conferences, and seminars both national and international.

Venture Capital

 Kennedy Information Online
Identify venture capital firms willing to finance your business through Kennedy Information Online brought to you by the Wall Street Journal’s

  Capital Vector
2006 directory of venture capital, which helps you, locate funding for your business.

  VISA-For Business
Find everything from venture capital to equipment financing.

Women and Minorities

 Black Enterprise
A great Web site for African American entrepreneurs, covering all areas of small business.

Boasting links to over 5,000 Black web sites, this New Jersey based site is designed to serve the information needs of African American entrepreneurs. List your business for free or join the active BWP forum to share opinions with other business owners

This popular e-zine connects entrepreneurs to the Hispanic market by offering tips on startup, e-commerce and financing

 Minority Business Development Agency
The MBDA, is a federal agency created to support the growth and expansion of minority owned businesses. The MBDA provides business development services to minority entrepreneurs, through several types of programs.

 New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners
Connect with State and Ocean County chapters for information on seminars and meeting dates in your area.

Frequently Asked Small Business Questions

1. How do I go about registering a trade name in Ocean County?

2. What types of grants are available to small business owners?

3. My bank has requested I attach a business plan to my small business loan application. What is a business plan?

  1. How do I go about registering a trade name in Ocean County?

All new businesses in the county must file their trade name with the Ocean County Clerk. For more information on filing trade names contact the Ocean County Clerk’s Office at (732) 506-5198 visit their Web site at www.oceancountyclerk.com/bustn.htm


  2. What types of grants are available to small business owners?

Despite what consumers are led to believe, there are few grants available to small business owners. Most financial assistance is provided by loans from a lending institution or from individuals such as family members or friends. For more detail please visit the New Jersey Small Business Development Center online at www.njsbdc.com


  3. My bank has requested I attach a business plan to my small business loan application. What is a business plan?

The business plan describes the basic aspects of the business, its location, its operation and customers served. Income statements, cash flow and balance sheets are also necessary parts of the plan and are carefully scrutinized by bankers when considering a loan request.

             According to SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business:

"The fact that a bank or lending institution requires a well executed business plan is a secondary consideration. The primary purpose of the business plan is to guide the owner or manager in successfully operating the business, whether it is a sole proprietorship or a complex corporation. Just the task of making the plan forces the individual to consider all aspects of the business and to confront the many problems the plan will highlight." 

For more information on business plans visit the Small Business Information Center of the Ocean County Library. An excellent resource is Mike McKeever’s “How to Write a Business Plan” (OCL Call # R658.15224 McKe). The book is also available electronically through EBSCOhost eBooks, an ebook database available through the library website.




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Researched and compiled by M. Gasser
Updated by Angela Zebrowski 3/2006

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