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The U.S. Small Business Administration guides you through setting up and running a small business, while the Florida Small Business Development Center’s “Thinking of Starting a Business?” resource is user-friendly and well-organized.
The Department of State’s SunBiz site offers an additional guide to getting a business started in Florida and focuses on registration and the legal processes required by the state. Or, check out Gainesville’s Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) organization for mentor assistance, workshops, and templates.
When you’re ready to begin researching your small business needs, check out the public library's Small Business Resource Center for samples of real business plans and assorted small business topics. Likewise, as you define your target market, Demographics Now offers statistical information based on geographic locations.
Do you prefer a book? Then check out:
The small business start-up kit by Peri Pakroo
Legal guide for starting & running a small business by Fred S. Steingold
Making money from home : how to run a successful home-based business by Donna Partow
There are also many eBooks available on new business enterprises.
The entrepreneur equation by Carol Roth
Four ways you can start your own business by Bruce Barringer
Freesourcing: how to start a business with no money by Jonathan Yates
Eventually, I'd love to write a simple guide to starting an indie business. Want to get involved? Shoot me an email at email@example.com.