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Urban Entrepreneurship (29:382:342) (22:620:672): Business Plans

Compliance

Businesses need to be aware of and comply with any applicable local, state, and federal regulations. For the City of Newark, consult the Revised General Ordinances of the City of Newark (otherwise known as the Newark Code).

To avoid misappropriating some other firm's name, you can search for Business Trade Names currently in use in Essex County, or use the Business Entity, Trade Name and Trade/Service Mark search provided by the New Jersey Division of Revenue's Business Records Service.

Search the New Jersey Administrative Code for specific state regulations or requirements for your business activity. You can also search the entire Code of Federal Regulations, which is the codification of the rules published by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government.

Finally, the Internal Revenue Service offers a Retail Industry Audit Technique Guide with advice on accounting issues.

Sample Business Plans

There is a 13-volume series of Business Plans Handbooks within the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Click on the "View publications" link for Business to see the individual volumes. (Rutgers-restricted access)

There are also many Free Sample Business Plans offered by Palo Alto Software.

Web Resources

Advice on managing your business, from "Getting Ready" to "Getting Out," is available from the U.S. Small Business Administration's Small Business Planner.

The Financing Your Business Guide will lead you to many other print and online resources, including a Directory of Angel Organizations.

The Greater Newark LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) lists many local Community Based Partners, including the New Community Corporation in Newark, and some Organizational Partners.

Other local organizations that may be of help are:

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