Start-Up Resources

 

Below are listed some links to other resources that you might find helpful as you start and manage your venture.

 

Incorporating & Sales Tax

IRS Website for obtaining Federal EIN numbers

North Carolina Department of Commerce: Information on starting your business

North Carolina Department of Revenue: Sales tax registration and forms

North Carolina Secretary of State: Business name search & registration  

US Patent and Trademark Office: Patent & trademark name search & registration

  

Services

Get On Social  Founded by two WFU entrepreneur graduates, this program makes social media marketing easy.  It allows you post to Twitter, Facebook and Linked In daily by replying to an automated email prompt.  Free to current WFU student entrepreneurs.

Google Grants  A service from Google that allows qualified non-profits to receive an in-kind grant for free ads on Google.com.  The grants are for $10,000 per month in credits with Google Grants.  You have to have 501(c)3 status to qualify and you have a Google Adwords account.

Media Cause  This online org is a way to crowdsource online marketing help (SEO and Adwords and so on) for social entrepreneurs with non-profit orgs.  Their model is to bring together the media experts with the non-profits by posting needs and having media expert volunteers respond to them.  Free service.

Wicked Start  A site that offers a "10 steps to start your business" template.  It is a free service to help you plan a successful launch. You can get a personalized startup checklist, community, and resources to set-up, fund, and market your idea.

FastTrac: The Kauffman Foundation site that helps provide a resources through local programs to help aspiring entrepreneurs at each stage of business. They have three levels:

  1. 1) FastTrac NewVenture: I have an Idea for a business but I need a plan and a framework for successfully launching my company
  2. 2) FastTrac GrowthVenture: I currently own a company and am looking for proven strategies and processes for healthy growth.
  3. 3) FastTrac TechVenture:  I am developing a technology or science-based business and need help navigating the factors that go in to starting a business like acquiring funding and intellectual property protection.

 

Membership Orgs & Other Resources

 Entrepreneurship.org  A Kauffman Center resource site with lots of information about entrepreneurship

FirstGov.gov: Businesses and Nonprofits  Find resources on starting and managing a business, selling to and buying from the government, exporting, importing, and much more.

Jaycees (The United States Junior Chamber)  The United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) gives young people between the ages of 18 and 40 the tools they need to build the bridges of success for themselves in the areas of business development, management skills, individual training, community service, and international connections.

 National Association for the Self-Employed  Provides day-to-day support, including direct access to experts, benefits, and consolidated buying power that traditionally had been available only to large corporations. Represents hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and micro-businesses in the US.

 National Association of Women Business Owners  Dues-based organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries with over 7000 members and 70 chapters across the country.

National Business Association  The NBA uses its group buying power to provide members with support programs, cost and time saving products, services and valuable small business resource materials

National Black Chamber of Commerce  The National Black Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity within the United States and via interaction with the Black Diaspora.

SCORE: Counselors to America's Small Business   A resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a valuable network of 13,000+ volunteers who offer small business entrepreneurs confidential business counseling services at no charge.  Provides online workshops available 24/7 and resources, templates and tools to assist entrepreneurs.

Small Business Advancement National Center  Online resource center provided by University of Central Arkansas.  Also will provide telephone counselling services.  Donations requested.

 Social Entrepreneurship by Business Week.  Social Entrepreneurship is part of Business Exchange.   This topic contains 1,763 news and 607 blog items. Read updated news, blogs, and resources about Social Entrepreneurship. Find user-submitted articles and reactions on Social Entrepreneurship from like-minded professionals.

US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Membership organization that assists the economic development of Hispanic firms, offering tech assistance, networking, business plan development assistance.  

US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce  Membership organization that assists the economic development of Asian-American firms, offering assistance, networking, business plan development and other resources.

 US Small Business Administration  US government resource center for small business.  Provides information about starting & managing your business, federal grants and loans available and offers counseling and training.

 

The Community Law and Business Clinic 

 The Community Law & Business Clinic is a clinical education program within the Wake Forest University School of Law which launched during the spring 2009 semester. The Community Law and Business Clinic provides legal guidance to our student entrepreneurs, undergraduate and graduate, and helps with basic legal documentation.  In certain situations calling for specialized knowledge, they may refer clients to other legal resources, as needed.  The clinic is located at 8 West Third Street, Suite 100A, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Phone: (336) 631-1953.  Appointments are recommended.