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Government SitesóFederal

BusinessLaw.gov http://www.business.gov/
Home page, operated by the U.S. Small Business Administration, with links to legal and regulatory information, and plain English guides for starting a business, handling finances, managing employees, and other topics.

CIA, The World Factbook http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/
U.S. government profiles of countries and territories around the world.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) http://www.eeoc.gov/

EEOC site with basic introduction to employersí rights and responsibilities under the federal equal employment opportunity laws.

Federal agencies (through Library of Congress site) http://www.loc.gov/rr/news/fedgov.html
A Library of Congress resource page with links to most federal agencies.

Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/

Part of the U.S. General Service Administration, the FCICís Small Business Links offer information for persons planning or owning small businesses, including information on procurement, taxes, woman- and minority-owned businesses, human resources, and financial and legal issues.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) http://www.fdic.gov/

Home page with links to statistical data, pertinent regulations, and FAQs.

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco http://www.frbsf.org/

Home page. The current FRBSF discount rate, used to determine the usury ceiling in California, is posted at http://www.frbsf.org/banking/data/discount/index.html .

Federal Trade Commission http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/business

Home page for businesses, with links to business publications, advertising guidance, fair packaging and labeling, antitrust law guide, and other topics. Information concerning the Hart-Scott-Rodino pre-merger notification requirements is at http://www.ftc.gov/bc/hsr/introguides/introguides.htm .

FirstGov.gov http://www.firstgov.gov/Business/Business_Gateway.shtml

The official web portal of the U.S. government, with links to information on contracting with the U.S. government, export licenses, business financial assistance, and many other topics.

Internal Revenue Service http://www.irs.gov/

Home page; access to downloadable IRS forms and publications.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) http://www.osha.gov/

Home page.

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) http://www.dol.gov/esa/ofccp/index.htm

Home page with statutory, regulatory, and compliance information regarding nondiscrimination requirements for federal contractors.

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) http://www.occ.treas.gov/

Home page with links to reports and other resources for banking industry professionals as well as public information about the national banking system.

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative http://www.ustr.gov/index.html

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) http://www.sec.gov/

Home page with links to information for small businesses; online access to proposed and final rules, SEC releases, policy statements, and other commission notices and information; searchable database of all electronic company filings since 1994.

SEC Edgar http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml

SEC Edgar main page, with access to electronic filings and forms.

Small Business Administration http://www.sba.gov/

Home page with extensive links to federal and other resources for small businesses.

Social Security Administration http://www.ssa.gov/

Home page. SSA forms are available online at http://www.ssa.gov/online/forms.html .

U.S. Copyright Office http://www.loc.gov/copyright/

Home page with links to copyright registration and other information.

U.S. Department of Commerce http://www.commerce.gov/

U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/public/guidelines/guidelin.htm

Link to Antitrust Division Guidelines and Policy Statements.

U.S. Department of Labor http://www.dol.gov/

Home page with links to statutory and regulatory information, labor statistics, small business regulatory compliance assistance, and other information.

U.S. Department of Labor, Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) http://www.oalj.dol.gov/libdot.htm

Dictionary of job titles and standardized job descriptions; useful for job placement, occupational research, career guidance, labor-market information, curriculum development, and long-range job planning. Last updated in 1991, the DOT has now been replaced by O*NET Online, http://online.onetcenter.org/ .

U.S. Department of State http://www.state.gov/

Home page with links to international commercial laws and guides.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency http://www.epa.gov/

U.S. Government Printing Ofice http://www.gpo.gov/

Home page with links to products and services, including online searchable copies of the United States Code and the Code of Federal Regulations.

U.S. International Trade Commission http://www.usitc.gov/

Home page with rules, regulations, reports, and other information, including an extensive list of links to international trade resources.

U. S. Patent and Trademark Office http://www.uspto.gov/

Home page with downloadable forms and information on patent applications and trademark registrations.

B. International Sites

Private International Law Database: Trade/Business Transactions Law, U.S. Department of State http://www.state.gov/www/global/legal_affairs/transaction_law.html

Access to treaties in force for the United States, other international instruments, and information on current negotiations and projects concerning private international law. Updated through January 1, 2001. For treaty actions since President Bush took office, see http://www.state.gov/s/l/c3428.htm .

Electronic Embassy Website http://www.embassy.org/

Information on all foreign embassies in Washington, D.C.

Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) http://hcch.e-vision.nl/index_en.php?act=text.display&tid=1

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Secretariat http://www.nafta-sec-alena.org/DefaultSite/index_e.aspx

Home page with link to text of NAFTA.

United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) http://www.uncitral.org/

Home page with links to UNICITRAL texts, including conventions, model laws, guides to enactment, legislative guides, legislative recommendations, and model contract rules. In particular, this website includes the text of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG).

CISG Database at Pace University School of Law, Pace Law Library, Institute of International Commercial Law http://cisgw3.law.pace.edu/

Site dedicated to U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), with annotated text of CISG, CISG in different languages, cases organized by countries, and related CISG material.

International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) http://www.unidroit.org/english/home.htm

Canadian System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) http://www.sedar.com/

Home page of the Canadian equivalent to the SECís EDGAR. Provides access to corporate filings of Canadian companies with Canadaís securities regulatory authorities.

C. Government SitesóCalifornia

California Department of Corporations, Securities Regulation Division http://www.corp.ca.gov/srd/security.htm

Access to forms, departmental publications, Commissionerís releases, opinions and notices, franchising information, and other topics.

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing http://www.dfeh.ca.gov/

California Employment Development Department (EDD) http://www.edd.ca.gov

Home page; information concerning job placement and referrals, unemployment insurance, disability insurance, employment and training, labor-market information, payroll taxes, and other topics.

California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) http://www.ftb.ca.gov/

Home page with links to downloadable state tax forms and publications.

California Legislative Counsel http://www.legislativecounsel.ca.gov/

Full text of bills, resolutions, and constitutional amendments, as well as their status, history, votes, analyses, and veto messages.

California Legislative Information http://calbar.ca.gov/state/calbar/calbar_generic.jsp?cid=10137&id=10452

Webpage maintained by the State Bar of California with many helpful links regarding Californiaís legislative process, pending bills, legislative calendar, committees, and other topics.

California Business Legislation Resource http://www.calbar.ca.gov/state/calbar/calbar_sections_generic.jsp?sCategoryPath=/Home/Attorney%20Resources/Sections/Business%20LawClick on "Legislation" in left-hand menu. Provides links to recent business law legislative developments, from the State Bar of California, Business Law Section.

California state agencies http://ca.gov/OnlineServices/.  State of California site with links to California agencies, departments, and commissions.

California State Association of Counties http://www.csac.counties.org/

Home page with links to all California counties except Tuolumne County (for Tuolumne County, see its Chamber of Commerce site at http://www.tcchamber.com/ )

California State Board of Equalization http://www.boe.ca.gov/Home page with access to information about sales and use taxes, sellersí permits, forms, and publications.

California Secretary of State: California Business Portal: http://www.ss.ca.gov/business/business.htm

Forms: http://www.ss.ca.gov/business/bpd_forms.htmDirectory of forms and samples for different business filings, including UCC forms; some in fill-in format.

Business Filings:

Corporations http://www.ss.ca.gov/business/corp/corporate.htm

Corporations main page with links to filing tips to meet statutory minimum requirements, name availability, FAQs, and more.

Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) http://www.ss.ca.gov/business/llc/llc.htm

LLC main page with links to forms and fees, name availability, FAQs, and more.

Limited Partnerships http://www.ss.ca.gov/business/lp/lp.htm

Limited partnerships main page with links to forms and fees, name availability, FAQs, and more.

General Partnerships http://www.ss.ca.gov/business/gp/gp.htm

General partnerships main page with links to forms and fees, name availability, FAQs, and more.

Limited Liability Partnerships http://www.ss.ca.gov/business/llp/llp.htm

Limited liability partnership main page with links to forms and fees, name availability, FAQs, and more.

Trademarks and Service Marks http://www.ss.ca.gov/business/ts/ts.htm

Trademarks and service marks main page with links to forms and fees, name availability, FAQs, private service companies, and more.

Miscellaneous Filings http://www.ss.ca.gov/business/other/bp_other.htm

Links to filing requirements for unincorporated common interest development associations, unincorporated associations, unincorporated nonprofit associations, foreign lending institutions, and foreign partnerships.

California Business Search http://kepler.ss.ca.gov/list.html

Fill-in boxes to check records online for corporations, limited partnerships, and limited liability companies.

Starting a Business http://www.ss.ca.gov/business/resources.htm

A step-by-step guide for starting a business in California; available in English or Spanish.

e-file Statement of Information https://businessfilings.ss.ca.gov/Fill-in boxes to file a Statement of Information for a corporation online.

Notary Public http://www.ss.ca.gov/business/notary/notary.htmNotary public main page, with links to topics such as obtaining a notary public commission, handbook, authentications, apostille or certification, forms, and fees.

Uniform Commercial Code http://www.ss.ca.gov/business/ucc/ucc.htmUCC main page with links to financing statement forms, amendment forms, requests for information, revised Article 9 (as of July 1, 2001), and FAQs.

International Business Relations Program http://www.ss.ca.gov/business/ibrp/ibrp.htmMain page in English or Spanish with international resources and business tips; intended to assist foreign corporations with various filing procedures.

Business Program Division, New Law Summary http://www.ss.ca.gov/business/bpd_newleg.htmSummaries and links to new state laws affecting businesses.

D. Private Agency Sites

AcademicInfo is an online education resource center with extensive subject guides and distance learning information. Our mission is to provide free, independent and accurate information and resources for prospective and current students (and other researchers).

ABA Section of Business Law http://www.abanet.org/buslaw/home.html Home page with links to publications and other resources for business lawyers.

Active Capital http://activecapital.org/

Site dedicated to helping individual accredited investors, SBICs, and institutional venture capitalists find small, growing companies through a secure Internet database, and providing ongoing training and research for entrepreneurs and small investors.

AllBusiness http://www.allbusiness.com

Small business portal, with links to forms, directories, and resources on many topics.

American Arbitration Association http://www.adr.org/

Home page with links to rules and procedures.

Annual Reports.com http://www.annualreports.com/

Free service offering links to annual reports of public companies.

BenefitsLink http://www.benefitslink.com

Compliance information and tools for employee benefit plan sponsors, service-providers, and participants.

Better Business Bureau http://www.bbb.org/

The Biz-Tech Network by Brint Institute, LLC http://www.brint.com/

Portal with a meta-index of business, management, and information technology topics; it also provides search capabilities and full text articles on related issues.

Business.com http://www.business.com/

Business search engine and directory intended to help users find companies, products, services, and other business-related information; some features are fee-based.

Business Law Section of the State Bar of California http://www.calbar.ca.gov/state/calbar/calbar_sections_generic.jsp?sCategoryPath=/Home/Attorney%20Resources/Sections/Business%20LawHome page with links to standing committees, programs, and publications.

Business Week Online http://www.businessweek.com/Articles, links, and opportunity to subscribe to free newsletter.

CNN Money http://money.cnn.com/General business news offered by CNN and Money magazine.

Corporate Finance Sourcebook http://www.financesourcebook.com/Link for ordering popular guidebook published by National Register Publishing. The guidebook features over 1500 top investment sources and 1700 service firms for business entrepreneurs.

Corporate Information http://www.corporateinformation.com/Subscription-based website offering research reports on public, private, domestic, and foreign corporations.

DeVry University Business Administration Portal http://www.academicinfo.net/busmeta.htmlPortal with annotated links to a variety of business-related topics.

Dun & Bradstreet http://www.dnb.com/Home page of Dun & Bradstreet. Subscribers can request reports and run online queries in proprietary databases.

Edgar Online, Inc. http://www.edgar-online.com/Edgar Online, Inc. is a private company, not affiliated with the SEC, specializing in the extraction, packaging, and distribution of public company information contained in SEC filings.

Enterpreneur.com http://www.entrepreneur.com/magFree access to Entrepreneur magazine articles back to 1997.

Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) http://www.fasb.org/Access to FASB Statements of Financial Accounting Standards and other resources.

Findlaw Business Center http://biz.findlaw.com/Portal with links to articles and guides on starting a business, taxes and accounting, small business legal concerns, and more. Part of West Group.

Garage Technology Ventures http://www.garage.com/Venture capital fund for emerging technology companies.

Google Small Business Directory http://directory.google.com/Top/Business/Small_Business/A directory of small business resources.

Hieros Gamos Small Business Center http://www.hg.org/sbcenter.htmlPortal with links to topics such as starting a business, choosing a legal structure, and financing.

Hooverís Online http://www.hoovers.com/

Subscription-based site with industry snapshots, company profiles, earnings, and other information.

JAMS http://www.jamsadr.com/index.aspHome page with information about JAMS mediation and arbitration services and a search engine to assist in locating qualified mediators and arbitrators. The website also offers a downloadable guide to dispute resolution clauses in commercial contracts.

MarketResearch.com http://www.marketresearch.com/Free database of market research reports representing all market and industry sectors.

MegaLaw.com Small Business Portal http://www.megalaw.com/top/smbusiness.phpPortal with links to federal agencies and other websites related to small businesses.

NASDAQ and American Stock Exchanges (mirrored site)  http://www.nasdaq.com/ and http://www.amex.com/Comprehensive current information on market performance and investments.

National Association of Attorneys General http://www.naag.org/Association of the attorneys general of all 50 states, with contact information and links to enforcement initiatives.

National Association of Secretaries of State, Business Registration and Filing Services http://www.nass.org/busreg/busreg.htmlAccess to most state business and corporations divisions from a single webpage.

National Association of Seed and Venture Funds http://www.nasvf.org/Network of private, public, and nonprofit organizations investing and facilitating investment in entrepreneurs.

National Business Association http://www.nationalbusiness.org/Nonprofit associationís site for the self-employed and small business community.

National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) http://www.nvca.org/Home page with links to members and other resources.

New York Stock Exchange http://www.nyse.com/Comprehensive, current information on market performance and investments.

News Cuts http://www.newscuts.com/Small.Business.shtmlFree and fee-based small business news service.

Open Directory Project - Small Business http://www.dmoz.org/Business/Small_Business/Free site with links to topics such as business plans, finance, home offices, and start-ups; edited by volunteers.

Private websites offering search services for SEC records

bullet http://www.10kwizard.com/
bullet http://www.edgar-online.com/
bullet http://www.freeedgar.com/
bullet http://www.livedgar.com/

Public Registerís Annual Report Service http://www.annualreportservice.com/Free access to annual reports of over 2200 companies. Site also has links to the SECís Edgar database for filings.

Reuters http://today.reuters.com/news/newsChannel.aspx?type=businessNewsDatabase providing research reports on companies and industries.

SEC News Digest Reports http://www.jefren.com/sec/index.htmlJefren Publishing Co., Inc. site with SECís daily News Digest Reports organized by subject category. Reports are downloadable and searchable.

The Small Business Portal http://www.thesmallbusinessportal.com/Links to topics such as starting a business, franchise advice, financing, and home-based businesses.

Standard & Poorís http://www.standardandpoors.com/Home page with search engine for public company credit ratings and other features.

Tripod by Terra Lycos http://www.tripod.lycos.com/smallbiz/index.html

Portal with tips on starting an online business, yellow pages, and some free and some fee-based services.

U.S. GAAP Website http://cpaclass.com/gaap/Comprehensive source of information on generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S.

Wall Street Journal Online Edition http://online.wsj.comGeneral business and financial news.

Washburn University School of Law Small Business Portal http://www.washlaw.edu/subject/small.business.htmlPortal with links to a forms library and business and economic data.

Yahoo! Finance http://biz.yahoo.com/i/Free company profiles and stock charts for over 9000 public companies.

Yahoo! Small Business http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/Portal with links to topics such as creating a website, promoting a business, and selling online.

10k Wizard http://www.10kwizard.com/Private, subscription-based service offering advanced online search and retrieval of SEC filings, including the ability to perform keyword searches.

JobHero: Accountant Resume Samples - http://www.jobhero.com/resume-samples/accountant .  This page has sample resume content from actual accounting professionals, which can help explain the typical responsibilities in various accounting roles.