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Accounting Resources:  

The American Accounting Association
The AAA works to promote excellence in accounting education

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
The AICPA is the premier national professional association for CPAs in the United States

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

Legal information on advertising and marketing

American law institute- American bar association committee on continuing professional education

American Arbitration Association
The most comprehensive site for up-to-the-minute information about mediation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

American Bar Association

Aspen Publishers
Publishing company of legal resources

Chicago Bar Association

Delaware Secretary of State

Delaware Secretary of State Divisions of Corporations
Check name availability under the Services- General Information Link

Law Journal Seminars
A division of American Lawyer Media, the nation's largest legal journalism organization offers continuing legal education

Practicing Law Institute
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Federal Reserve

Illinois Offices of Bank And Real Estate

Insurance News Net

Office of Comptroller of Currency
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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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.
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:

Commercial Mortgage lender database

CCH Business Owner's Toolkit
Small business owner's resources (Beware of free forms)
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
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
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
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.

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

OSBI Consulting
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
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

Small Business Help Center
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.

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
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

Lexis One (free)
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Chicago Tech Scene:

Biotechnology Industry Organization

Local Business
Information on local businesses

Technology Executive Club
Formerly known as Internet executives club.   A Thought Leadership and Business Development Community for High Technology and eBusiness Executives

The Illinois Coalition
Includes VC contact information

The Illinois Technology Development Alliance
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
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
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
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

Prairie Angels

Venture Capital Online
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

Chicago Department of Planning and Development

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
A clearinghouse of services for small business

City of Chicago

Cook County Assessor

Cook County Clerk

Cook County Information Center

Cook County Recorder

Cook County Treasurer

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Illinois Resources:

IL Corporation Name Search

Secretary of State Corporation Name Search

Illinois Commerce Commission
Addresses issues affecting IL businesses such as Ameritech customer service problems and electricity provider deregulation.   Also includes online form for complaints.

Illinois Courts

Illinois Department of Commerce and Community affairs
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

Illinois Department of Insurance

Illinois Government Links

Yahoo Directory

Illinois Manufacturers' Assn.
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)

Illinois Secretary of State Business Services

Secretary of State Business Services

Illinois State Bar Association

DuPage County Government

Kane County Government

Lake County Government

McHenry County Government

Will County Government
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Intellectual Property:

ADH Patent Services
Service that assists in the application process

All About Trademarks

Bpubs: Intellectual Property
Business Publications resources on intellectual property

BitLaw is a comprehensive Internet resource on technology law, containing over 1,800 pages on patent, copyright, trademark, and Internet legal issues.

Copyright Office

Copyright Resource Online

Internet corporation for assigned names and numbers- in charge of domain names

Intellectual Property Mall
Part of the Franklin Pierce law Network with links to information on every aspect of IP law
Index of Intellectual Property law sites

Liblicense: Licensing Digital Information

Licensing Executive Society International. Inc.
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

Patent and Trademark office
Allows online searches of the organization's patent and trademark databases

Stanford Copyright & Fair Use

The UT System Crash Course in Copyright

When works Pass into the Public Domain
Information on when copyrights are no longer protected

World Intellectual Property Organization
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
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

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

Organization for Economic Development
Organization that encourages international cooperation and helps governments face the challenges of the international economy
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Investor Information:

CEO Express
Links to many sources of daily news and information

Corporate Information
Research and information on corporations

Provides research and analysis as well as assistance in adopting technology to help companies grow

Free Edgar

Hoover's Online (some info free)
Business information center



Wall Street Research Net
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Legal Research:


Law Guru
Access to answers to legal questions, forms, and other useful resources

Links to each states' UCC

Administrative office of the US courts
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Music & Music Licensing:

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

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


The most innovative and fastest growing performing rights organization in the U.S.
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FTC Privacy Initiatives
FTC site on privacy

Privacy Headquarters
Part of compliance headquarters- general information on privacy
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Real Estate:

Chicago Association of Realtors
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

Chicago Department of Housing

Chicago Department of Human Services

Chicago Department of Zoning

City of Chicago Department of Zoning Maps

Chicago Department of Planning and Development

Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance

Chicago Title- Chicago Metro

Cook County Assessor

Illinois Offices of Bank And Real Estate

Investing in Land
How to build wealth buying, selling, subdividing, rezoning, and developing land you can buy at bargain prices

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

Realty Times
A newspaper like approach to real estate containing news and advice.

Reed Construction Data
Registration is free.   This site provides you with access to a QuickCost Calculator, Construction Dictionary, and other features
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RR Donnely
R . R. Donnelley site- educational resource for corporate and securities lawyers


Online guide to securities law

SEC Law-IPO center

Securities Lawyer Handbook
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
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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Delaware Statutes


Illinois Compiled Statutes

Statutes, Constitutions and Legislative Information - By State

US Code
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Delaware Franchise Tax Estimator

Green Trader Tax
The most complete free tax and law resource for traders on the Internet.

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

State Sales & Use Tax Information for Non-Profit product fundraising


Tax Code

Title 26 Article
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Technology and Technology Commercialization:

Developer of new technologies, commercializes products, and provides solutions for industry and government
David Loundy's E-Law Page
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
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
News, records, and analysis of legislation, litigation, and regulation affecting the computer and Internet industry

Technology Review
Web site on emerging technologies

Technology View
Portal for information on technology, business, law, insurance, finance, etc.

The Cyberlaw Encyclopedia
An I.T., I.P. and Electronic Commerce Legal Portal

Technology Commercialization Resources
Identify, evaluate, protect, market, and license the University's intellectual property.

TRECC provides a network of information and technological resources with gigabit access to international research networks via multiple dedicated fiber-optic connections.

Definitions of many computer-related terms, from hardware to the internet
Definitions on thousands of the most current IT and Computer related words

Wireless 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




Patent and Trademark office
Allows online searches of the organization's patent and trademark databases


U.S. Securities and Exchange commission
The SEC's Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval system (EDGAR) is the fastest way to get federal filings for thousands of public companies