SBDC Helpful Links

Helpful Links

Federal and State

Business News and Articles

Finance and Loans
Chambers of Commerce


Federal & State Government
Your one-stop business resource - employer ID (EIN), employment taxes for small businesses, IRS forms and publications.
Getting legal help, federal/state laws and regulations for businesses.
Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Empowerment Contracting Program. Federal contracting preferences to  HUBZone-certified small businesses.
Department of Economic Security, Office of Procurement and Administrative Counsel.
Guide for doing business with DES; Business Services contact persons; Purchasing Office solicitations; Arizona Procurement Information.
United States Department of Commerce - US Census Bureau.
US Small Business Administration (SBA)
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Forms and information booklets for small business owners; Tax information
Arizona Business Connection - A one-stop resource center for state and local governmental regulations such as: name registration, federal identification number, state licensing requirements, trademark and trade name, patents, copyright, sales tax license, Arizona payroll taxes, unemployment compensation, zoning, home based businesses, environmental regulations, permit to operate a business, peddler’s license, permit to operate food establishment/food handler’s permit.
Arizona Corporation Commission
Arizona Department of Commerce – Community Profiles
Arizona Secretary of State’s Trademark & Trade Name Office
Arizona Department of Revenue
Arizona Registrar of Contractors
Arizona Procurement Information Exchange.  How to do business with the state.
Arizona State Government Business Information

Pinal County Government
City of Apache Junction
Apache Junction Main Street
The City of Casa Grande
City of Casa Grande - Business License & Transient Merchants License  (Required for Peddlers & Street Vendors) Finance Department
City of Casa Grande Econcomic Development information
Casa Grande Main Street
Greater Casa Grande Valley Economic Development Foundation
(Serving Casa Grande, Coolidge & Eloy)
City of Coolidge
City of Eloy
Town of Florence
Town of Kearny
City of Maricopa
Gold Canyon Community Bulletin Board; Gold Canyon Businesses
Town of Superior

Chambers of Commerce
Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce
Arizona City Chamber of Commerce
Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce
Coolidge Chamber of Commerce
Copper Basin Chamber of Commerce
Eloy Chamber of Commerce
Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce
Maricopa Chamber of Commerce
Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce
San Tan Area Chamber of Commerce
Superior Chamber of Commerce

Business News and Articles
Business portal for executives – business news, business research.
Business and Professional Women/AZ – the leading advocate for working women.
Tips on all aspects of starting and running your own successful business by Rhonda Abram, one of the nations most recognized advocate for small business.
Find companies not just by what they're named but also by what they do, where they're based, or how they're structured.  Information on more than 300 industries.
Latest business news, business resources, sales prospecting, networking. Business Journals are the best way to reach business owners, managers, top executives, and the people you want as customers.

Finance and Loans
Business Development Finance Corporation offers many different loan programs to finance business expansion
PPEP Microbusiness & Housing Development Corporation, Inc. (PMHDC)
Intermediary Lender for SBA MicroLoan Program



There are a lot of "invention promotion" scam artists out there waiting to take your money and give you heartburn in return.  They advertise on late night radio, on Internet web sites, and in TV infomercials--promising to help inventors make a fortune from their ideas.  They won't!   Avoid them and don't get burned!

Dan Shaffer, Business Counselor
Central Arizona College Small Business Development Center
United States Patent and Trademark Office
This user-friendly, US Government web site will give you nearly all of the information you need, including basic information on types of patents, filing instructions, and fees.  You can do patent searches on-line to see if your idea has already been patented and it is even possible to apply for a patent on-line.
The Inventors Association of Arizona
The non-profit Inventors Association of Arizona has a web site at the above URL titled, Arizona's Inventor Network Source.  The organization, which you can join, is made up of inventors and entrepreneurs, and it is a useful source of information for inventors at all levels of experience.   There is a membership fee, but there are also monthly meetings open to the public with an entrance fee of $5.00 for non-members.  You can also find useful information from presentations made at its past meetings (e.g. "Basics of Licensing" and "Financing Your Invention") on their web site at
SBA On-Line Training Courses
The US Small Business Administration has a wealth of information available at its web site.
SBDCNET National Information Clearinghouse: Copyright, Trademark, and Patent Information. Many online resources for inventors are accessible through links at this web site.
National Congress of Inventor Organizations:  The NCIO web site also provides resources for inventors including this free course on patenting an invention by Stephen Paul Gnass. It provides useful information on patenting process, from keeping a log book and obtaining non-disclosure agreements to patent searches and applying for a patent.
Inventors' Digest: This magazine, by and for inventors and other "idea people", has useful information and articles.  Many helpful articles from past issues of the magazine are available free to non-subscribers at the above web site (Click on "The Best of Inventors' Digest").
United Inventors Association: This non-profit organization, which is sponsored by the Dial Corporation, has been in existence since 1990 and has a lot of useful information.  Find out about their Services and Resources or Educational Content. and
Both of these sites are designed primarily as forums (e-mail based discussion groups) where inventors can talk and exchange tips with other inventors.  They also have a lot of other useful information and newsletters.  In particular, I strongly suggest you read the "Inventing and Patenting Help" article by Victor Lavrov at
Patent Searches: You can do your own patent search, but it is recommended that you also have a professional patent search done before filing. Through the web site, a firm named Patent Search International (PSI) offers a professional patent search with patentability opinion for $240. 
Provisional Patent Application:  "Since June 8, 1995, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has offered inventors the option of filing a provisional application for patent which was designed to provide a lower-cost first patent filing in the United States. Applicants are entitled to claim the benefit of a provisional application in a corresponding non-provisional application filed not later than 12 months after the provisional application filing date." Fee: $100.00

Other Patent Information

  • Prepare and File Your Own Application: You can prepare your own patent application and even file on-line with the US Patent and Trademark Office at its web site
  • Self-Patenting Books and Software:  There are books on self-patenting.  Check your library for Patent It Yourself by David Pressman.  If your library doesn't have it, ask them if they can get it through interlibrary loan.  Lavrov mentions other books as well as the "Bookroom" on the website.
  • Software Programs: There are a number of software programs designed to help prepare patent applications.  These include the following:

Note:   Some files may be pdf and require Adobe Reader to access.

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