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Virginia entrepreneurs are fortunate to have an abundance of outstanding online and published resources free of charge. Here are some favorites:

1. Entrepreneur Express. These free, half-day seminars are held around the state. They offer tips and resources to help existing businesses expand their sales and new businesses get off the ground. Find dates and locations at http://www.vastartup.org
. 2. SCORE: Counselors to America’s Small Business. SCORE offers free counseling from former Fortune 500 executives and successful entrepreneurs for starting and growing businesses. SCORE’s Web site, http://www.score.org has a, wealth of information on starting a business, including templates for writing your own business plan. There are many chapters throughout Virginia where businesses can receive counseling.
3. Guide to Establishing a Business. Everything you need to know about Virginia’s regulatory framework from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. http://www.yesvirginia.org/pdf/guides/EstablishingBusiness.pdf
4. Starting a Business and Keeping Records, IRS Publication 583. Determining how to account for income and expenses is critical. This pamphlet can help. http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p583.pdf or call (800) TAX FORM.
5. Labor Market Information.  Demographic and statistical data to support your business plan is provided by the Virginia Employment Commission. www.vaemploy.com
6. Small Business Administration. The Small Business Administration is another go-to Web site with a host of resources for entrepreneurs. Get started at http://www.sba.gov/smallbusinessplanner/


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