► Cape Cod & Islands - Info Sources + Chambers of Commerce + Trade Associations

► Massachusetts & U.S. Government Business Resources

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► Agriculture - Farming & Aquaculture
​     ♦ USDA-SCORE Partnership - Collaberating for Success
     ♦ Help your new AgriBusiness Succeed (SCORE Tips as published in the Cape Cod Times)

Benchmark your Business - BizStats & SBA Tooks to compare your business with others in your industry

Business Plans
     ♦ Business & Financial Planning Templates from SCORE
     ♦ Bplans - Select from 500 Sample Busines Plans, including:
        • 46 for Restuarant, Cafe & Bakery  • 116 for Retail & On-Line Store
        • 26 for Medical & Health Care  • 216 for Services of all types
     ♦ Business Model Canvas - learn more at Strategyzer.com - Video + Template

Buying an Existing Business - Steps needed to help you make the right decisions
     ♦ Or check out:  Buying a Business - On-line course from SBA Learning Center

Checklist - Starting a Business in Massachusetts 
     ♦ Also check out ChooseWhat.com - Start-up guide for Entrepreneurs + Valuable Product Reviews to help Business select On-line Services, e.g. Email Marketing, On-line Fax, Virtual PBX, Business Cards, QuickBooks, Printing Services, 800 Numbers & many more

Demographics & Statistics for Cape Cod & the Islands

Financing Resources & Grants - for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and Southeastern Massachusetts

Financial & Taxes
     ♦  Tax Guides, Business Guides, Financial Guides and FAQ's including Health Insurance, Sick Time Law, "Repair" Regulations, Minimum Wage Regulations, etc  (Source: Steven M Ellard, CPA, Brewster, MA)
     ♦ Tax & Accounting - Info + Directory to find a Certified Public Accounting firm.  Also see:  Finding the right Accountant
     ♦ IRS Video Portal - Short Videos on Tax topics dedicated to helping Small Business
     ♦ Virtual Small Business Tax Workshops - 9 Lessons - for Small Businesses & Self Employed - “What you need to know”

Franchising
     ♦ International Franchising Association
     ♦ Consumer Guide to Buying a Franchise
     ♦ FranNet assists individuals with the entire franchise process

Government Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses - SBA 8(a) Business Development Program to help small disadvantaged businesses

► Handbook for Small Business - Comprehensive guide to starting and running a small business on Cape Cod & the Islands.  You'll learn everything from naming and structuring your business to pricing, marketing, operations and financing.

Homestead Protection for your Home - Homestead Act offers $500,000 protection to Massachusetts homeowners. On Cape Cod go to: Barnstable County Registry of Deeds

Human Resource - No matter what size company you are, chances are that at some point you will face a challenging HR compliance issue or employee situation that exposes your business to significant financial liability.

Insurance Coverage Overview -  (Source: Rogers & Gray Insurance)
Describes 7 types of Business Insurance - What it covers? & Who needs it?

Legal - This information is not a substitute for a lawyer
    ♦ Legal Essentials for Entrepreneurs - (Source: Atty. Eugene R. Curry, Barnstable, MA)
       • Choosing a Business Entity - Advantages & Disadvantages of each
       • Top 10 Legal Do's & Don'ts
    ♦ Employment & Labor Laws - (Source: Foley & Foley, Falmouth, MA)
       • Resources & Tools - for employment & workplace issues
       • Independent Contractor Law - 3 part test to determine compliance
    ♦  Lawyer Referral Service - Mass Bar Association
       • Business & Intellectual Property Law Information
    ♦ Starting a Business - Source: BizFilings
​       • Business Tools & Business Structures - Corp, LLC, Partnership, Sole Proprietor, etc

Manufacturing
     ♦ 7 Tips for a Smooth Start to Manufacturing
     ♦ How to Find a Manufacturer For Your Product
     ♦ Maker's Row - Online source listing 11,000+ American manufacturers for small, medium-sized, and product-based businesses, focused on Apparel, Accessories, Jewelry, Furniture and Small Batch production

Non-Profits Planning Guide - Business Planning Tools for Non-Profit Organizations

Social Media Resources - Selected Resources to Guide you through the Basics

Website Builder Resources
    ♦ Website Builders Comparison Chart for 2018 - Compare WIX, SquareSpace, Weebly, GoDaddy & others
    ♦ Best Website Builders for Business & E-commerce