Federal Government Resources
Business.gov - Central location / gateway for all federal government agencies that work with businesses and the resources they provide. See also Community.Business -- an online community for small business owners to discuss and share information about starting and running a successful business.
Business.USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal to support business start-ups, growth, financing and exporting. It is designed to provide access to online resources and services of Federal, state, and local Government as well as those of non-profit and educational organizations supporting businesses.
U.S. Small Business Administration - Info on SBA loan guarantees. Extensive library of small business information guides. Information on starting, financing, and managing your small business. 1-800-U-ASK-SBA
Internal Revenue Service - Site has all IRS forms including SS-4 Form, which is the application for a Federal EIN number, and payroll tax processing forms (W4, etc). Also has online training manuals and videos for small business owners.1-800-829-1040
Business Law - Central site for legal issues concerning small business owners.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office / Copyrights - Information on patents and trademarks. Online search and application.
1-800-786-9199 (patents and trademarks)
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development - Rural economic development programs for businesses in small communities.
U.S. Department of Labor - Fair Labor Standards, OSHA, benefits, and other HR related issues.1-866-4-USA-DOL
U.S. Census - Demographic data both on population and on business.
U.S. Department of Commerce - Economic development and trade statistics and programs.
Export.gov - government web portal for U.S. companies wishing to export their products and services.
U.S. Customs - this website provides information on the process of and requirements for importing products into the United States.
Quick Links-Federal Government
Selling to the government
The various government entities in the US are very large consumers of a variety of products and services. And while navigating through the systems can be a bit more complex, serving these markets can be very profitable for small businesses. Here are some resources to assist you in your research.
The Heartland Procurement and Technical Center assists companies in selling to the government.
FirstGov.gov is the U.S. Government's website of agencies and information. This page provides the particulars of selling a product or service to the government.
The US General Services Administration is a government website designed to manage the business aspects of the government. They have regulatory, vendor, and contract information.
Womenbiz.com provides information about government contracts and bids and is specifically directed at women-owned businesses.
Do you have a question about licensing and permitting?
See Licensing and Permitting provided by NetWork Kansas.
First Stop Clearinghouse at NetWork Kansas serves as a link between business owners and resources available through state government and provides a central point of contact to streamline the business startup process. A NetWork Kansas referral coordinator will connect you with resources within the state that are involved in all aspects of starting a business. Call toll free in Kansas 1-877-521-8600 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org