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Web sites to help businesses succeed:

Census Bureau provides plenty of economic and demographic reports.

Federal government provides a one-stop site linking all federal sites helpful to businesses.

SCORE is a nationwide volunteer organization providing free business counseling and low-cost classes for business owners and people exploring entrepreneurship.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is a valuable resource for inventors and creators of new products, software and for companies seeking to protect trade names.

U.S. Small Business Administration is the federal agency that leverages its name to provide loans, information and other assistance to small-business owners.

National Association for the Self-Employed is a membership organization providing legislative updates, articles, insurance and more to micro-business owners.

National Federation for Independent Business is the largest nationwide advocacy group for small-business issues.

Center for Women's Business Research compiles data on women-owned businesses.

International Franchise Association is a member trade organization for franchisers, franchisees and suppliers to franchises. Search its database of franchises.

American Association of Franchisees & Dealers is a trade group for fair franchising giving tips, programs and resources especially for franchisees.