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Accounting Resources:  

The American Accounting Association

http://aaahq.org/index.cfm
The AAA works to promote excellence in accounting education

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

http://www.aicpa.org/index.htm
The AICPA is the premier national professional association for CPAs in the United States

Financial Accounting Standards Board

http://www.fasb.org
The FASB sets Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
Financial Executives International http://www.fei.org/
The FEI represents senior corporate financial executives
Governmental Accounting Standards Board http://www.gasb.org/
The GASB establishes financial accounting and reporting standards for state and local governmental entities.
The Illinois CPA Society http://www.icpas.org/icpas/index.asp
The ICPAS represents 26,000 CPAs in the State of Illinois.
The Institute of Internal Auditors http://www.theiia.org/
The IIA is an international organization dedicated to the promotion and development of internal auditing.
The Internal Revenue Service http://www.irs.gov/
The IRS collects most of the federal government's revenues
The Web CPA http://www.webcpa.com/
Web CPA is an online magazine and resource guide for professional accountants
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Attorney Resources:

ADLAW

www.adlaw.com
Legal information on advertising and marketing

ALI-ABA

www.ali-aba.org
American law institute- American bar association committee on continuing professional education

American Arbitration Association

http://www.adr.org/
The most comprehensive site for up-to-the-minute information about mediation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

American Bar Association

www.abanet.org
 

Aspen Publishers

www.aspenpub.com
Publishing company of legal resources

Chicago Bar Association

www.chicagobar.org
 

Delaware Secretary of State

http://www.sos.delaware.gov
 

Delaware Secretary of State Divisions of Corporations

http://www.state.de.us/corp/default.shtml
Check name availability under the Services- General Information Link

Law Journal Seminars

www.lawjournalseminars.com
A division of American Lawyer Media, the nation's largest legal journalism organization offers continuing legal education

Practicing Law Institute

www.pli.edu
 
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Banking/Insurance:

Federal Reserve

www.federalreserve.gov
 

Illinois Offices of Bank And Real Estate

www.obre.state.il.us
 

Insurance News Net

www.insurancenewsnet.com
 

Office of Comptroller of Currency

www.occ.treas.gov
Regulates banks, contains interpretive letters

State Insurance Department Web Sites

List of Links
Links to Insurance departments of all 50 states
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Brokers:

BizBuySell

www.bizbuysell.com
Facilitates sales of businesses.   More than 15K businesses are listed, and roughly 6K listings are added or updated monthly.   Includes new franchise offerings and start-up business opportunities, as well as a directory of more than 1,000 professional business brokers.

MergerNetwork.com

www.mergernetwork.com
Connects buyers and sellers of businesses.   Includes database that allows searches by type, size and location of business sought, and a service listing buyers and their preferences.
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Business Resources:

Blackburne

www.blackburne.com
Commercial Mortgage lender database

CCH Business Owner's Toolkit

www.toolkit.cch.com
Small business owner's resources (Beware of free forms)

Inc.com

www.inc.com
Offers information and resources for small business owners. Includes a service for owners to list businesses for sale, opportunities to connect with peers and find new suppliers, online discussion groups on many topics, research and more.

ITEC- Illinois Technology Enterprise Corporation

www.northwestern.edu/itec
Promotes the formation, growth, and retention of early stage technology companies in Illinois by defining strategies and providing services to realize the commercial potential of University and regional innovations.

Just Sell

www.justsell.com
Part of a network of six websites with sales resources designed for people whose jobs include selling.   Contains content related to sales and sales management and aims to support small business owners with free sales leads, online recruiting capabilities and articles to help improve skills.

Kauffman Foundation

www.kauffman.org/sitemap.cfm
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation works with partners to encourage entrepreneurship across America and improve the education of children and youth. The Foundation focuses its operations and grant-making on two areas: entrepreneurship and education.

Kaufman.Org

www.Kaufman.org
Obtain an email or web address in your name.   This site has over 17,000 name-based domains.

OSBI Consulting

http://www.osbi.uiuc.edu/
OSBI Consulting (OSBI) is a student consulting organization run by the College of Business and the Illinois MBA Program

Prentice Hall's Entrepreneurship and Small Business Resource Website

www.prenhall.com/scarbzim/index.html
Access a world of information that can help you build a plan for launching a company or that can make your existing small business more successful.

Small Business Administration

http://www.sba.gov/
 

Small Business Help Center

www.helpbizowners.com
Offers free articles and information on buying and selling a business, international business, marketing, management, finance, personnel and taxes.   Features links to government, trade association and business incubator sites geared to small business.

STAT-USA

www.stat-usa.gov
A service of the U.S. Department of Commerce that is a resource for international trade, business and economic information.   Offers reports and news releases from more than 40 Federal agencies online for a subscription fee.

U.S. Business Advisor

www.business.gov
Provides small businesses with one-stop access to government information, services, and transactions.   Can search online for resources and regulations; posts daily news of interest to small businesses.
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Case Law:

Findlaw- Federal Cases

http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/
 

Lexis One (free)

www.lexisone.com
 
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Chicago Tech Scene:

Biotechnology Industry Organization

http://www.bio.org/
 

Local Business

www.localbusiness.com
Information on local businesses

Technology Executive Club

www.technologyexecutivesclub.com
Formerly known as Internet executives club.   A Thought Leadership and Business Development Community for High Technology and eBusiness Executives

The Illinois Coalition

www.ilcoalition.org
Includes VC contact information

The Illinois Technology Development Alliance

www.itda.biz
The ITDA provides consulting services to growth stage technology firms to fundamentally address business, technology, management and other strategic issues critical to their success.
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Finance/Angel Investor Organizations:

Business Angels International

www.equityinternational.com
Aims to link investors with small-to-medium-sized companies needing capital, and to improve communications between private investor networks.   Available for deal consultation and advice.

Chicago Assn. Of Neighborhood Development Organizations' Self-Employment Loan Fund

www.candochicago.org
Non-Profit alliance of economic community development organizations offers microloans up to $20K for entrepreneurs who traditionally have not had access to capital.   Known as SELF loan program.

Illinois Finance Authority

www.il-fa.com
The Illinois Finance Authority (IFA) is a self-financed, state authority principally engaged in issuing taxable and tax-exempt bonds, making loans, and investing capital for businesses, non-profit corporations, agriculture and local government units statewide.

Northern Illinois Angels

www.northernillinoisangels.com
 

Prairie Angels

www.prairieangels.org
 

Venture Capital Online

www.vcapital.com
Works across all sectors of the high-tech industry to help companies secure financing and obtain full advisory services, from early stage to initial public offering. For a fee small business owners may submit an executive summary with "high growth" opportunity for a confidential review of investment opportunity.
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General Chicago Resources:

Chamber of Commerce

www.chicagolandchamber.org
 

Chicago Department of Planning and Development

www.cityofchicago.org/plananddevelop

Listings of department services offered to small businesses, information about tax-increment financing and other financial assistance programs and general information about the city

Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center

www.wehaveanswers.org
A clearinghouse of services for small business

City of Chicago

www.ci.chi.il.us
 

Cook County Assessor

www.cookcountyassessor.com
 

Cook County Clerk

www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org
 

Cook County Information Center

www.co.cook.il.us
 

Cook County Recorder

www.ccrd.info
 

Cook County Treasurer

www.cookcountytreasurer.com
 

Crain's

www.crainschicagobusiness.com
 
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Illinois Resources:

IL Corporation Name Search

Secretary of State Corporation Name Search
 

Illinois Commerce Commission

www.icc.state.il.us
Addresses issues affecting IL businesses such as Ameritech customer service problems and electricity provider deregulation.   Also includes online form for complaints.

Illinois Courts

www.state.il.us/court
 

Illinois Department of Commerce and Community affairs

www.commerce.state.il.us
Offers Information on the department's services for small business such as start-up and expansion assistance, export development assistance and help with permits.   Also lists community development programs

Illinois Department of Employment Security

www.ides.state.il.us
 

Illinois Department of Insurance

www.state.il.us/ins/default.htm
 

Illinois Government Links

Yahoo Directory
 

Illinois Manufacturers' Assn.

www.ima-net.org
Aims to enhance B2B marketing opportunities for manufacturers and allied businesses by offering access to the products and services of 4300 IMA members. Also provides important news and business information for IL manufacturers.

Illinois Secretary of State (Cyberdrive)

www.sos.state.il.us
 

Illinois Secretary of State Business Services

Secretary of State Business Services
 

Illinois State Bar Association

www.isba.org
 

DuPage County Government

www.dupageco.org
 

Kane County Government

www.co.kane.il.us
 

Lake County Government

http://www.co.lake.il.us/
 

McHenry County Government

www.co.mchenry.il.us
 

Will County Government

www.willcountyillinois.com
 
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Intellectual Property:

ADH Patent Services

www.adhservices.com
Service that assists in the application process

All About Trademarks

www.ggmark.com
 

Bpubs: Intellectual Property

www.bpubs.com/Intellectual_Property/
Business Publications resources on intellectual property

BitLaw

www.bitlaw.com/index.html
BitLaw is a comprehensive Internet resource on technology law, containing over 1,800 pages on patent, copyright, trademark, and Internet legal issues.

Copyright Office

www.lcweb.loc.gov/copyright
 

Copyright Resource Online

www.library.yale.edu/~okerson/copyproj.html
 

ICANN

www.icann.org
Internet corporation for assigned names and numbers- in charge of domain names

Intellectual Property Mall

www.ipmall.fplc.edu
Part of the Franklin Pierce law Network with links to information on every aspect of IP law

IPMag.com

www.ipmag.com
Index of Intellectual Property law sites

Liblicense: Licensing Digital Information

www.library.yale.edu/~llicense/index.shtml
 

Licensing Executive Society International. Inc.

www.lesi.org
An association of 27 national and regional societies, each composed of men and women who have an interest in the transfer of technology, or licensing of intellectual property rights - from technical know how and patented inventions to software, copyright and trade marks

Licensing Executive Society- USA and Canada

www.usa-canada.les.org
 

Patent and Trademark office

www.uspto.gov
Allows online searches of the organization's patent and trademark databases

Stanford Copyright & Fair Use

http://fairuse.stanford.edu
 

The UT System Crash Course in Copyright

http://www.utsystem.edu/OGC/IntellectualProperty/
 

When works Pass into the Public Domain

www.unc.edu/~unclng/public-d.htm
Information on when copyrights are no longer protected

World Intellectual Property Organization

www.wipo.org
 

Yet2.com

www.yet2.com
Technology Transfer Intellectual Property Patent Exchange & Transfer IP Licensing Marketplace
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International Resources:

U.S. Department of Commerce Market Access and Compliance

www.mac.doc.gov
Contains the text of more than 200 trade agreements plus detailed market access information for nearly 200 countries.   Allows U.S. exporters- especially small and mid-sized companies- to file market access and trade agreement complaints online.

International Trade Club of Chicago

www.itcc.org

Aims to Support Chicago area businesses that want to initiate and develop global trade.   Includes calendar of events and member directory for one of the oldest international organizations.

U.S. Council for International Business

www.uscib.org
Site aims to help businesses involved in international trade, import/export and other foreign transactions.   Provides practical information on policy and regulatory issues affecting trade and investment abroad, including customs, trade facilitation, labor issues, taxation and e-commerce.

International Small Business Consortium

www.isbc.com
A free resource for small international businesses.   Specializes in networking and discussion groups to link potential customers and suppliers.

Organization for Economic Development

www.oecd.org
Organization that encourages international cooperation and helps governments face the challenges of the international economy
 
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Investor Information:

CEO Express

www.ceoexpress.com/
Links to many sources of daily news and information

Corporate Information

www.corporateinformation.com
Research and information on corporations

Forrester

www.forrester.com
Provides research and analysis as well as assistance in adopting technology to help companies grow

Free Edgar

www.freeedgar.com
 

Hoover's Online (some info free)

www.hoovers.com
Business information center

NASDAQ

www.NASDAQ.com
 

NYSE

www.nyse.com
 

Wall Street Research Net

www.wsrn.com
 
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Legal Research:

Findlaw

www.findlaw.com
 

Law Guru

www.lawguru.com
Access to answers to legal questions, forms, and other useful resources

Links to each states' UCC

www.law.cornell.edu/uniform/ucc.html
 

Pacer

http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov
Administrative office of the US courts
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Music & Music Licensing:

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

www.ascap.com
 

BMI

www.bmi.com
BMI is an American performing rights organization that represents more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music

Harry Fox

www.harryfox.com
 

RIAA

www.RIAA.com
 

SESAC

www.sesac.com
The most innovative and fastest growing performing rights organization in the U.S.
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Privacy:

FTC Privacy Initiatives

www.ftc.gov/privacy/index.html
FTC site on privacy

Privacy Headquarters

http://www.complianceheadquarters.com/
Part of compliance headquarters- general information on privacy
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Real Estate:

Chicago Association of Realtors

www.car-realtor.com
One-Stop shop for real estate education needs. Offerings include Pre-licensing sales, Broker licensing, continuing education, professional designation classes, online education, technology and much more

Chicago Department of Buildings

www.ci.chi.il.us/Buildings/
 

Chicago Department of Housing

www.ci.chi.il.us/Housing
 

Chicago Department of Human Services

www.ci.chi.il.us/HumanServices
 

Chicago Department of Zoning

www.ci.chi.il.us/Zoning/
 

City of Chicago Department of Zoning Maps

http://maps.cityofchicago.org/website/zoning
 

Chicago Department of Planning and Development

www.ci.chi.il.us/PlanAndDevelop
 

Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance

http://www.illinois-attorney.com/ordinance.htm
 

Chicago Title- Chicago Metro

http://cmetro.ctic.com
 

Cook County Assessor

www.cookcountyassessor.com
 

Illinois Offices of Bank And Real Estate

www.obre.state.il.us
 

Investing in Land

http://investinginland.com/
How to build wealth buying, selling, subdividing, rezoning, and developing land you can buy at bargain prices

Keyhole

www.keyhole.com
The only company to deliver a 3D digital model of the entire earth via the Internet. Keyhole's groundbreaking EarthStream(TM) technology combines advanced 3D graphics and network streaming innovations to produce a high performance system that runs on standard PC's and commodity servers.

Multiple listing service of Northern Illinois

www.mlsni.com
Listing service owned and operated by 13 Chicago area boards and associations of realtors.

Realty Times

www.realtytimes.com
A newspaper like approach to real estate containing news and advice.

Reed Construction Data

http://www.rsmeans.com/
Registration is free.   This site provides you with access to a QuickCost Calculator, Construction Dictionary, and other features
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Securities:

RR Donnely

www.realcorporatelawyer.com
R . R. Donnelley site- educational resource for corporate and securities lawyers

SEC

www.sec.gov
 

SEC Law

www.seclaw.com
Online guide to securities law

SEC Law-IPO center

www.seclaw.com/centers/ipocent.shtml
 

Securities Lawyer Handbook

www.law.uc.edu/CCL/sldtoc.html
Securities lawyer deskbook- includes information on the 33 & 34 Act, Inv. Co. Act, Reg S-X, S-B, S-K, M, ATS, S-P, FD

U.S. Securities and Exchange commission

www.sec.gov/edgarhp.htm
The SEC's Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval system (EDGAR) is the fastest way to get federal filings for thousands of public companies
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Statutes:

Delaware Statutes

LexisNexis™
 

Illinois Compiled Statutes

www.legis.state.il.us
 

Statutes, Constitutions and Legislative Information - By State

http://www.law.cornell.edu/statutes.html

US Code

http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode
 
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Tax:

CCH

http://tax.cchgroup.com/
 

Delaware Franchise Tax Estimator

http://www.state.de.us/corp/frtaxcalc.shtml
 

Green Trader Tax

www.greencompany.com
The most complete free tax and law resource for traders on the Internet.

IRS

www.irs.gov
Offers IRS tax forms, tax preparation information and educational documents that can be downloaded.

Non-Profits

www.fundraisetaxlaw.org
State Sales & Use Tax Information for Non-Profit product fundraising

Quicken

www.quicken.com
 

Tax Code

Title 26 Article
 
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Technology and Technology Commercialization:

Battelle

www.battelle.org
Developer of new technologies, commercializes products, and provides solutions for industry and government
David Loundy's E-Law Page www.loundy.com
This is the home page of David J. Loundy, an attorney and author. It is the official Internet home of his published works, as well as other information about the author, and a few other useful Internet links tossed in for good measure.

Tech Dictionary

www.techdictionary.com
Thousands of tech terms including computer, Internet and telecommunications terms, acronyms, emoticons or smilies, chat abbreviations, filename extensions, HTML tags, and domain suffixes

Tech Law Journal

www.techlawjournal.com
News, records, and analysis of legislation, litigation, and regulation affecting the computer and Internet industry

Technology Review

www.technologyreview.com
Web site on emerging technologies

Technology View

www.technologyview.com
Portal for information on technology, business, law, insurance, finance, etc.

The Cyberlaw Encyclopedia

www.gahtan.com/cyberlaw/
An I.T., I.P. and Electronic Commerce Legal Portal
 

Technology Commercialization Resources

http://www.vpted.uillinois.edu/Tech_Comm/
Identify, evaluate, protect, market, and license the University's intellectual property.

TRECC

http://www.trecc.org/commercial/resources.php
TRECC provides a network of information and technological resources with gigabit access to international research networks via multiple dedicated fiber-optic connections.

Webopedia

www.webopedia.com
Definitions of many computer-related terms, from hardware to the internet

Whatis.com

http://whatis.techtarget.com
Definitions on thousands of the most current IT and Computer related words

Wireless Dictionary

http://wireless.agilent.com/dictionary/
Definitions of acronyms and terms used in the wireless industry.

ZDNet: Tech Update

ZD Net
Current technology news updated daily
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US Government:

Copyright Office

www.lcweb.loc.gov/copyright
 

FTC

www.ftc.gov
 

IRS

www.irs.gov
 

OCC

www.occ.treas.gov
 

Patent and Trademark office

www.uspto.gov
Allows online searches of the organization's patent and trademark databases

SEC

www.sec.gov
 

U.S. Securities and Exchange commission

www.sec.gov/edgarhp.htm
The SEC's Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval system (EDGAR) is the fastest way to get federal filings for thousands of public companies