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Provide Small Businesses with the Information They Need to Succeed

The federal government has numerous information sources to help provide small businesses with the information they need to succeed. These include:

  • This site is designed to help small businesses understand applicable federal and state rules and regulations. The Small Business Administration and the Department of Commerce are working to make the site even more useful to small businesses.
  • The Department of Labor provides compliance assistance to small businesses through "elaws," an interactive exchange that allows small business owners to ask questions about labor laws.
  • The SBA Office of Advocacy web site provides advice on regulatory issues that pertain to small businesses.
  • The U.S. Commercial Service. This section of the Commerce Department provides technical advice to small businesses to help them export their products to foreign countries. Services offered by the U.S. Commercial Service include: market entry and export counseling, market research, contract-matching services, trade events and trade missions, market access and advocacy assistance, and trade compliance information. These services can be accessed by calling 1-800-USA-TRADE or via the web at
  • Business Compliance Self-Service One-Stop. This internet site, which will be ready in 2003, will help small businesses go through the permitting, licensing, and regulatory steps required wherever they are located. This site will complement by providing compliance assistance.