Starting a Small Business Guide - LSC-North Harris
Keywords and Search Strategy
Brainstorm about the keywords that best represent the main idea of your topic. Think of synonyms and related terms.
keywords to find general articles or books on starting a business: staring a business | business start-up | entrepreneurship
keywords to find books on specialized business topics: business plans | business and marketing | business and financing
Think about the type of business you would like to open. If you need ideas, browse library books and websites on starting a business (take a look at Entrepreneur's startup kits).
keywords to find books or articles on starting a business in a particular field or industry: business and day care | child day care | elderly day care business and cosmetology | business and hair salon | business and hair styling
Find e-books, streaming videos, and articles from magazines, newspapers, and journals.
Use your 14-digit library barcode number for off-campus access (the number is on the back of your student ID). Don't have an ID? Get one from the library. Distance students can fill out the online request form.
U.S. Small Business Administration SBA.gov - Best place to start! Find information on starting and managing a business, finding a mentor, writing a business plan, financing, business law & regulations, marketing, licenses & permits, and much more.
Check with your local government agency, perhaps the city or county to find out about local permits that you will need. You can also check with local business development centers. Check with your industry or trade associations to find out about other permits or certifications that you will need to be able to do the type of business or services.
Occupational Licenses & Permits -Texas.gov - find information about required licenses or permits for various occupations or professions in the state of Texas.
Find associations, councils, societies, and organizations in your trade or industry. Such organizations can help you stay informed about trends in your industry, legislation, continuing education, required and/or recommended certifications, employment, business leads for your small business marketing and networking.
Encyclopedia of Associations - Reference HS17 .G334 2002 3 Vols.
Use a web browser to search for such organizations, or browse the following resources: