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Business Assistance Links

allBusiness: Provides how-to articles, business forms, contracts and agreements, expert advice, news, directory listings, product comparisons, and more.  Subsidiary of Dun & Bradstreet.

BusinessUSA: A centralized, one-stop platform to make it easier for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire, implementing a "no wrong door" approach.

Employment and Benefits Law: Provides links to many resources on topics including employment law, labor management relations, labor standards, employee rights and responsibilities, and more. Created by a Dallas CPA.

Export.gov: Information on the U.S. Government's export promotion and finance portal to deliver expert information and services from 11 government agencies.

FamBiz.com: A one-stop site for information about family business issues and challenges. Covers issues such as estate planning, hiring issues, and sibling rivalries.

Office of Women's Business Ownership
: Provides an excellent source of information for financial assistance and grant programs available to women in business.

Riley Guide: Steps in Starting Your Own Business: Offers resources for all things employment related information focusing on small businesses. Includes links on funding, legal concerns, getting started, and getting help.

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives): Business counselors provide free advice to small business people via email as well as in person at their local chapters. This site has plenty of resources for American small businesses.

SIC Manual (Search): Allows users to search the 1987 version of the SIC manual and learn about regulations, enforcement, data & statistics, training, and more from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration.

SmartBiz: Covers a wide range of topics including marketing online, email marketing, e-Commerce, website creation, web-based software and more.

Texas Tech Small Business Development Center: An outreach program of Texas Tech University providing counseling, assistance, and training for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

U.S. Small Business Administration: National side offering valuable insights into starting, financing, and expanding a business as well as disaster assistance, compliance assistance, contracting opportunities, legislation, and regulations affecting businesses, as well as surviving in a slow economy.

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Business News Links

Bloomberg Business: Delivers business and market news, data, analysis, and video to the world and also featuring stories from "Businessweek" and Bloomberg News.

Business Journals: Local business news from around the U.S., leading business stories of the day and industry specific news from more than 40 industries.

Entrepreneur: One of the most widely used websites by entrepreneurs and leaders in business worldwide. As the leading small business website, this site serves its visitors' needs by creating the most satisfying experience with relevant content, logical information management, and ease of access.

Money Online: Online version of the Time Warner publication.

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Consumer Services Links

Better Business Bureau: Find any BBB in the U.S. or Canada to locate information on businesses.

Consumer Complaints & Protection: Powered by USA.gov, this site allows you to file a complaint, get a free copy of the Consumer Action Handbook, learn how to be a smart shopper, understand credit, and more.

Consumer Information Center: Access free government publications on all sorts of consumer topics. Also provides information on scams and fraud, as well as providing links to government-related consumer sites.

Consumer Review: A commercial oriented site offering user-generated buying advice for outdoor sporting goods and consumer electronics.

Consumer Search: Web-based company helping consumers find answers about what products are top-rated or best bets in their class. They try to provide consumers fast answers on products with ranked reviews and comparisons, uninfluenced by advertising or other commercial considerations.

Consumer World: Offers a collection of consumer-related links maintained by long-time consumer advocate Edgar Dworsky.

Edmund's Automobile Buyer's Guide: The online arm of the long-time authoritative care information and valuation source.

FoolProof: The Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union's FoolProof Consumer Education Portal containing tutorials for teens, college students, and adults on money management and financial education.

Fuel Economy: Access and compare MPG ratings, crash test results, and more for cars dating back to 1985.

GetHuman: If you're tired of pushing buttons trying to get a real human, this site tells you which buttons to push to get around those telephone menus for hundreds of companies.

Kelley Blue Book: Online site of the company offering over 80 years of authoritative car values on both new and used cars, trucks, vans, and motorcycles.

National Consumer Law Center: A consumer advocacy group providing consumer advice, finding aids for legal consumer advocates, and other useful consumer links.

NADA Guides: The site of the National Automobile Dealers Association that values new and used autos, classic cars, power sports motorcycles, and more.

National Fraud Information Center: Operated by the National Consumers League, America's oldest nonprofit consumer organization, working to protect consumers from being victimized by fraud. User can learn about scams, determine how to spot a scam, file a complaint, and more.

Nursing Home Compare: Powered by Medicare, visitors can find detailed information about the performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the U.S.

SafeCar: A site where consumers can access information regarding vehicle recalls, filing complaints, searching for complaints and investigations, identify and reporting problems, and more as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Texas Department of Insurance ~ Consumer Protection: State department offering information important to consumers including a Bill of Rights, complaint information, filing complaints, credit scoring, consumer services and publications, information about companies, and more.

Texas Lemon Law: Access information available online if experiences problems getting your new vehicle to operate the way it should. With information on eligibility for using the law, the complaint process, and vehicle ownership tips, this site will help you determine what steps you can take.

Texas Tenants Information: Compiled by various sources, access links relating to information regarding tenants and their rights from a number of organizations online.

U.S. Consumer Gateway: A U.S. government site offering access to a broad range of federal information resources available online. It is also designed to be able to locate information by category.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Offers information on products, safety education, recalls, the reporting of unsafe projects, regulations and standards, and more.

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Databases & Directories Links

Better Business Bureau: Find any BBB in the U.S. or Canada to locate information on businesses.

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Unequaled for economic statistics including labor market, hours and earnings, Consumer Price Index, and Producer Price Index.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: Federal government assistance programs for individuals, organizations, and businesses.

Consumer Price Index: Hosted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Standards containing lists of historical CPI's as well as information on how to use the CPI and how the CPI is calculated.

CPA Directory: A database of Certified Public Accountants and PA firms in the U.S., which is searchable by name, location, and industry focus.

Texas Economic Development Business Research: Providing timely information on doing business in Texas including economic and demographic data, analyses and information on industries, and communities statewide.

Thomas Industrial Buying Guide: Locate manufacturers, distributors and service providers anywhere in the U.S. or Canada with over 67,000 product categories to choose from.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: The place to visit to find information on patents and trademarks.

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Economics Links

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Unequaled for economic statistics including labor market, hours and earnings, Consumer Price Index, and Producer Price Index.

Consumer Price Index: Hosted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Standards containing lists of historical CPI's as well as information on how to use the CPI and how the CPI is calculated.

Texas Economic Development Business Research: Providing timely information on doing business in Texas including economic and demographic data, analyses and information on industries, and communities statewide.

Universal Currency Converter: Provides up-to-the-minute currency exchange rates for over 180 currencies, while also providing rates and analyses.

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Investing Links

BigCharts: This historical quotes tool allows you to look up a security's exact closing price by typing in the symbol and a historical date to view a quote and mini-chart for that security. Also provides up-to-the-minute stock quotes and Dow and NASDAQ trading levels.

Investing for the Long Run: Free pdf document with strategies and solutions to help you shape up your personal finances.

Investor Education: Investor resources for all ages and types of investors including background checks on investment professionals and ability to file complaints against. Also find the latest investor news and bulletins, financial calculators, games, and free books and brochures that may be downloaded.

InvestorWords: Comprehensive glossary of investment terminology with over 8,000 terms and links between related terms.

Kitco: Providing excellent resources for getting closing prizes on gold, silver, and other precious metals.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Investor Education and Assistance: Provides much valuable information including tips on online investing, a questions and answer film, investor alerts, and more.

Yahoo! Finance Mutual Funds Center: Searching with the fund's symbol, get current net asset value, year-to-date and 5-year average returns, yields, Morningstar overall and risk ratings, detailed descriptions of the fund's investment strategy profile of the fund's managers, and more.

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Real Estate Links

City Comparisons: If you're thinking of moving, compare your present city to other cities across North America for cost-of-living, real estate, and other defining factors.

Moving: A wealth of information to help you choose your next home, including city comparisons, real estate, education information, moving and storage guides, mortgage calculators, and more.

Realtor.com: The official site of the National Association of Realtors that sets the benchmark for all things real estate related where you can also configure mortgages, home refinancing, compare fixed vs. adjustable rates, renting vs. buying, home valuation projections, and more.

Trulia: Provides lots of interior and exterior photos of properties for sale, while also providing information on neighborhood demographics, school information, and criminal activity, as well as a very user-friendly mortgage search function.

Zillow: In addition to giving value estimates of homes, this site offers features including value changes of each home in a given time frame, aerial views of homes, and prices of comparable homes in the area.

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