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Useful Business Resources

One of the foremost uses of the World Wide Web is access to information. In addition to the information that visitors receive about your products or services when they arrive at your own web site, there is also a wealth of resources located on the Internet which can provide immediate benefit to business managers and to organization or agency administrators.

Listed below are web sites full of useful content that you may find very helpful in the day-to-day operation of your business.

For easy return access, bookmark this page:


>> ELECTRONIC COMMERCE INFO

eCommerce Info Center
Comprehensive listings of ecom tutorials, newsletters, forums, services, products, etc. When you first arrive at the site, immediately click "Expand All" on the frame to the upper left.

Search Positioning
This is one of the most extensive listing of articles you'll find about ALL the various aspects of marketing using electronic commerce. Read an article a day for months!

The Electronic Commerce Guide
Outstanding single source of information about e-commerce software, latest news,etc.

Sell It On The Web!
An excellent complete source of articles, software, and tips for integrating electronic commerce into your web site.

Web Commerce Today
Just as with the Sell It! site, Dr. Ralph Wilson provides an amazing amount of useful and common sense ecommerce information.

EC World
Online publication that addresses the need for a comprehensive coverage and productive discussion of the numerous issues and implications of the emerging discipline of Electronic Commerce.

Self Promotion
The effective use of search engines and directories.

Power Promotion
Single source of tutorials relating to using online content, e-commerce, banners, email, mailing lists, etc.



>> NATIONAL RESOURCES

Appalachian Regional Commission
The Appalachian Regional Commission's mission is to be an advocate for and partner with the people of Appalachia to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life.

Small Business Administration
SBA's program offices in every state offer financing, training and advocacy for small firms. In addition, the SBA works with thousands of lending, educational and training institutions nationwide.

The Government Information Exchange
Gateway to multiple sources of state, local, and federal government information.

Information about Local Government
Dedicated to providing on-line information for city, county, and state governments.

U.S. Business Advisor
Exists to provide business with one-stop access to federal government information, services, and transactions. The goal is to make the relationship between business and government more productive.

National Technical Information Service
NTIS is the central information source for more than 20,000 business-related publications produced by U.S. Government agencies and non-profit organizations since 1990.

North American Chamber of Commerces:
Directory of member web pages.

US Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber's primary mission is to fight for the interests of business and free enterprise.

Junior Chamber of Commerces
Provides opportunities for volunteerism, community service and leadership development to men and women 21-39 years of age



>> WEST VIRGINIA BUSINESS AND ORGANIZATIONAL RESOURCES

E-Commerce Connection of Northern West Virginia
Learning to use the World Wide Web for practical business purposes. We help develop prosperous Internet business for Northern West Virginia companies by offering free training in E-commerce fundamentals and Integrated Marketing Communications for the web.

Regional Contracting Assistance Center [RCAC]
Provides assistance to West Virginia companies seeking to do business with Federal, State, or local government agencies. Throughout the United States, similar centers called Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) have been set up.

Small Business Development Center
The SBDC promotes economic development through a program of practical, interrelated services, providing assistance to existing small businesses and the emerging entrepreneur.

West Virginia Center for Business and Industry Clearinghouse
Offers a comprehensive information source that promotes the training of West Virginia's work force by in-state companies and organizations.

West Virginia Development Office
State office dedicated to economic development in West Virginia

West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation
The West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation serves as a catalyst for economic diversification by partnering with government, academia, and business - both large and small.



>> GENERAL BUSINESS RESOURCES

Hoover's Online
Learn more about almost any company you care to name, with profiles, histories, corporate officers, news headlines, and links to more than 12,000 companies, whether publicly traded or privately owned.

The Dismal Scientist
Enter a zip code and get a detailed economic profile to most local areas.

The Thomas Register
Lists the manufacturers of millions of industrial products and services.

Dun and Bradstreet
Access D&B credit reports, company financial information, business lists for direct mail marketing, collection services, industry trends, supplier evaluation, supplier risk information, SIC codes and small business information.

Informational Clearinghouses
Listing of hundreds of clearinghouses that will provide free research.

The Non-Profit Gateway
Links to important Federal information clearinghouses, resources, and services, such as, the Federal Register, CFDA (grants), Library of Congress, FedWorld, and GSA. Also, grants, non-financial, laws, regulations, volunteer, partnering, and budgets.

National Federation of Independent Business
One of the largest small-business advocacy groups. Features regular updates on small-business legislation and email addresses for federal lawmakers so you can give your input.

Business Resource Center
Business plans, marketing, financing, news, and sample contracts for small business.

Business Resources on the Web
List of links to small business sites includes how to start and finance your business, entrepreneurship, online journals and franchising.

CBS Market Watch
Widely considered to be one of the best online sources of free information about the markets, companies, and the people who are making it all happen.



>> ONLINE BUSINESS PUBLICATIONS

The Small Business Journal

Entrepreneurial Edge Online

E Business Magazine

Entrepreneur Magazine

Forbes Digital Tool

Inc. Online


>> PHONE AND ADDRESS DIRECTORY

ATT's "Anywho":
Great tool for finding contact info for people or businesses; by name, address, or phone number.



>> BUSINESS TRAVEL

ATT's Business Traveler:
Provides laptop, conference, dialing, and language aids, plus city, country and access codes.

Mapblast
It definitely helps to know where you're going... Mapblast helps get you there!

The Weather Channel
Type in your destination and get a 5 day forecast.

Digital City
Thorough listing of resource links if you're traveling to a major US city.

Foder's Travel Online
Extensive travel info: restaurants, motels, airfares, parks, etc.

Hotel Reservations Network

Discount Hotel Reservations

Preview Travel
Book you car, plane, or hotel.

Leisureplan
Book your flight, car, motel.

Travelocity
Searches and displays the lowest air fares.

Expedia
Some people say this is the best resource for finding flight information.

Farefinder
Searches and displays the lowest air fares.

Amtrak
For those who refuse to fly...



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FOR MORE INFORMATION: We have a series of very helpful WWW essays at our FYI page which will be of benefit to any business or organization ready to initiate an online presence.

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Ann Contois or Steve Reynolds
1501 Trace Creek Road    Hamlin, West Virginia  25523
Phone: 304.824.5651     Fax: 304.824.7447
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