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Favorite online resources

Educational and informative, we've identified these online resources to help you and your business.

Setting up your business

U.S. Government Small Business Administration
America’s small business resource: workshops, financial information, networking, and more.
SCORE

Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) volunteers provide advice and free counseling.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Excellent source for small business information. Check out their Small Business Institute. Become a member of your local chapter.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Everything you always wanted to know about trademarks and patents. A very informative site.
Institute of Certified Financial Planners (ICFP)

Professional membership association of more than 16,000 licensed CFP's nationwide.  No Web site, but worth a call at (303) 759-4900.
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Find a CPA in your area.
Microsoft's bCentral
Business basics, articles and how-to advice geared especially for the small business owner.

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Making life manageable

Assist U
Go virtual with a virtual assistant to provide administrative and personal support.
National Organization of Professional Organizers

NAPO provides a referral network of topnotch home, office and space organizers who will make sense of your mess.
Merry Maids
Contact Merry Maids, a national cleaning service, to find a housekeeper in your area.
Service Master
One stop shopping for all your home service needs: nation-wide connection to plumbers, appliance repairmen, carpet cleaners, and more.
The Feng Shui Guild
Contact this organization for a referral to a feng shui practitioner in your community and to obtain information on how you can use the principles of feng shui to create a nurturing environment.

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Learning more about the coaching profession

International Coach Federation
A non-profit, professional organization of personal and business coaches with chapters in almost every state and 20+ countries.
Institute for Life Coach Training
Aspire to inspire with this organization dedicated to helping therapists and other helping-professionals attain their Life Coaching certification
Coach University

Coach University provides training for coaches worldwide in a virtual environment. You can find a coach or become a coach from the comfort of your own home.
Coachville
Serving 36,000 members in 120 countries, Coachville offers free tools, services and training guides to coaches and aspiring coaches.

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Developing a web site

Gettyimages
Offers royalty-free images from an inspiring collection 90,000+ photos from award-winning photographers (formerly PhotoDisc).
AIGA
The American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA) offers “A Client's Guide to Design” and a searchable directory of member designers.
NetMechanic
Check your Web page for errors and compatability with popular browsers.  Great tools for the beginner and the expert!
Webmonkey
Great resources and reference library covering basic HTML and JavaScript. 
Lynda.com

Help for those who need to understand how to use tools and design to enhance online communication. Great for tips, links and inspiration.
Overture
Great tool for determining the popularity of search terms and keywords.
DirectNIC
Search for and register domain names.  Also provides suggestions for naming your Web site.
FreeSticky
Add free news, sports, weather, and other content to your Web site!

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Marketing your small business

Kendall SummerHawk
For people who love what they do but hate to sell, coach Kendall SummerHawk provides wisdom, ideas, tips, insight, teleclasses, and products to help you attract more and better-paying clients.
GMarketing.com

From Jay Levinson, author of the Guerilla Marketing book series. Great articles, a newsletter, and guerilla marketing books and software for sale.
ArtofSelfPromotion.com
This Web site from Ilise Benun, author Self Promotion Online, is chock-full of no-nonsense resources and marketing information.
NameStormers.com
This site provides software packages to assist you in generating name ideas for your business as well shares valuable naming techniques through online articles.
1800MyLogo.com

Marketing starts by branding your company—and a logo can help you do that.
IPrint.com
Get your logo, name, and message printed on—well —just about anything.
Franklin Covey Mission Builder
Great exercise and online tool to help you write your personal mission statement.
PaperDirect.com

For those who want to produce their postcards, brochures, etc. in-house, PaperDirect offers hundreds of great paper choices.
NowDocs.com
Think of it as an online print shop. Supply your original marketing materials and they'll copy, bind, and ship directly to your customers.
Zoomerang
Free, easy-to-use Web-based survey tool that allows you to create a professional looking survey, distribute it by email and view results using your Web browser.
Ehrlich & Richard Marketing
Specializes in teaching you how to separate yourself from your competition for very predictable and profitable results! 

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