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APKCFEE Key Free Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Links

Free Enterprise

The LockeSmith Institute
The LockeSmith Institute's mission is to provide students with opportunities to develop their academic skills through research, symposia, and lectures. It gives students the chance to explore and develop the principles of individualism, private property and the free market, the rule of law, and social toleration.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute
The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a public interest group focusing on free enterprise and limited government. It has become a widely recognized influence on a broad range of national issues such as environment, technology, finance and public health.

Ludwig von Mises Institute
The Ludwig von Mises Institute is the world center of the Austrian School of economics and libertarian political and social theory. The site offers audio and video, biographies and bibliographies of great economists, an active bookstore, and a community with forums, chat, user blogs, and more. It is the leading provider of education materials, conferences, media, and literature that supports the school of thought of Ludwig von Mises.

The Reason Foundation
The Reason Foundation enhances a free society through the development, application, and promotion of libertarian principles, including individual liberty, free markets, and the rule of law. The foundation conducts public policy research and publishes the critically acclaimed monthly magazine, Reason.

American Enterprise Institute
The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research is a private, nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics, and social welfare. The site posts its publications, videos and transcripts of its sponsored conferences, biographies of its scholars and fellows, and schedules of upcoming events.

Cato Institute
The Cato Institute, a non-profit public policy research foundation in Washington, D.C., strives to increase the understanding of public policies based on the principles of limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and peace. Its mission is to use the most effective means to originate, advocate, promote, and disseminate relevant policy proposals that create free and open societies throughout the world.

Foundation for Economic Education
The Foundation for Economic Education's mission is to offer the most reliable case for the "first principles" of freedom: the sanctity of private property, individual liberty, the rule of law, the free market, and the moral superiority of individual choice and responsibility over coercion. The foundation has also published and hosted lectures by many influential minds of the modern age.

Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education
The Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education believes that the best way to comprehend economics and the market economy is to view them in their relationship to other subject areas. Its mission is to connect educators, business leaders, and entrepreneurs in hopes to advance the effective teaching of free enterprise and economic education into the preK-20 curricula.

Locke Institute
The Locke Institute seeks to promote a better understanding of natural rights and modern society's economic organization. It supports theoretical research in property rights, public choice, law and economics, and the new institutional economics.

The Heritage Foundation
The Heritage Foundation is the country's most broadly supported public policy research institute. Its mission is to create and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

Young America's Foundation
The Young America's Foundation website provides access to information regarding the foundation, the Reagan Ranch project, the National Journalism Center, and other programs and events the foundation offers. It is committed to ensuring that a growing amount of young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values. 


Kauffman eVenturing
This site, sponsored by the Ewing Marian Kauffman Foundation, provides entrepreneurship resources as well as articles about accounting and finance, marketing and sales, human resources, products and services, business operations, entrepreneurs, public policy, and entrepreneurship law.

Ewing Marian Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marian Kauffman Foundation seeks to promote a society of economically independent citizens who contribute to the improvement of their communities. Its mission is executed through four areas: Entrepreneurship, Advancing Innovation, Education, and Research and Policy.

YoungBiz carries out the mission of empowering youth with entrepreneurial, business, and financial skills through innovative education and practical experience. Some of YoungBiz's services include youth programs, consulting services, teacher training, and curricula and education tools.

Startup Journal
This link brings you to the Wall Street Journal's Small Business Marketing page, which offers articles on world news, stock markets, technology, personal finance, and more.

US Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship
USASBE is the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to enhancing entrepreneurship. The association is based upon four areas: entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurship research, entrepreneurship outreach, and public policy.

International Council of Small Business
The International Council of Small Businesses was the first international membership organization to promote growth and development of small businesses throughout the world. The council unites educators, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners worldwide to share knowledge and expertise in their respective fields.

Association of Small Business Development Centers
The Association of Small Business Development Centers represents America's Small Business Development Center Network, which is the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the country. The association's mission is to help new entrepreneurs recognize their vision of business ownership, and to help existing businesses remain competitive in a complex marketplace.

Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration is an independent agency designed to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise, and to strengthen the economy of the nation. Its mission is to help Americans start, build, and grow businesses.

FastTrac Program
The FastTrac Program provides current and aspiring entrepreneurs with key business insights and skills, leadership experience, and valuable networking and mentoring opportunities needed to start, grow, and lead a business. FastTrac programs serve both students and those in non-academic environments.

American Express Small Business Open Forum
The American Express Small Business Open Forum is a business-to-business networking and informational website designed to give businesses owners information to help grow their companies.

ProtoCAM is a leading provider of value-added additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping services for clients in a wide variety of industries, including defense, aerospace, automotive, medical, architecture, and consumer goods. The website provides current and aspiring entrepreneurs information about the nuances of manufacturing, industry trends, and advances in technology.


The Basics of Accounting for Small Businesses
In order to properly grow your company, you'll need to understand the basics of both accounting and bookkeeping and how they interrelate to help your business. Follow along as FindLaw takes you through the basics of accounting for your small business.

Basic Accounting Terms, Acronyms and Abbreviations Students Should Know
This is a compilation of basic accounting terms and abbreviations for better understanding of accounting terminology.

Small Business Accounting & Taxes
Here are some tools to help you determine if you are a small business, and to step you through types of incorporation.


Creative Marketing Ideas
This is a compilation of 64 Creative Marketing Ideas to Boost Your Business.

The American Marketing Association
The AMA strives to be the most relevant force and voice shaping marketing around the world; an essential community for marketers.

Business-to-business marketing
Business-to-business marketing (or B2B marketing, as it is commonly known) involves the sale of one company’s product or service to another company. 


Secrets of effective business communication
The ability to communicate, and communicate well, is one of the biggest factors in business success. You could be an excellent designer, but if you’re unable to promote your services and communicate effectively with clients and colleagues, your potential is limited. 

Business communication tips to help you conquer the corporate world
The corporate culture has evolved immensely with the emergence of social media and increased reliance on electronic communication. There are a few new best practices to follow in order to be seen as a professional.

Strategies for effective business communications
Productive communication in the workplace is important on numerous levels. It's involved in creating products, delivering services, engaging employees, satisfying customer needs, and handling vendors. Effective communication, therefore, becomes critical to running a successful and profitable business. 

Business Plan Writing

Outline and Tips on how to create an effective business plan
A business plan is an essential roadmap for business success. This living document generally projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to grow revenues.

A step-by-step business plan guideline
Business plans are inherently strategic. You start here, today, with certain resources and abilities. You want to get to a there, a point in the future (usually three to five years out) at which time your business will have a different set of resources and abilities as well as greater profitability and increased assets. Your plan shows how you will get from here to there.

Business Law:

A resource for business law basics
The Business Law Basics website is a collaborative project designed to put legal knowledge in the hands of laypeople, particularly in the business community. It is largely based upon Business Law Basics, a book by Samuel D. Brickley 2nd, a professor of business law and criminal justice at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, and Brian M. Gottesman, a partner at the Wilmington, Delaware law firm of Berger Harris.

List of Corporate Law Definitions, Explanations & Articles


Is your Business Idea Patentable? A Guide to What Entrepreneurs Can Patent

Business Methods: To Patent or Not to Patent

Patent Eligibility Requirements


Financing and loan information

Five Concepts of Finance
This article briefly goes over five basic concepts of finance that you should have a firm grasp on while running your small business. These are simple in nature, but their depth is significant. Getting a good grasp on them will help you run a more financially sound company.

Difference between  a business Loan & consumer loan
How businesses borrow money to fund their operating costs is fundamentally different than how consumers borrow money to make purchases. While some purchases may be similar, such as buying real estate, the terms of a business loan and the terms of a consumer loan can vary greatly. Of course, the biggest difference between a business loan and a consumer loan is who the borrower is for the loan.

SBDC Resources

Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam

Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
America’s SBCE Represents the collective interest of their members by promoting, informing, supporting and continuously improving the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network, which delivers nationwide educational assistance to strengthen small/medium business management.

This website gives entrepreneurs one-stop access to business information. Entrepreneurs can find out how to start a business, learn how PA can help them grow, find the right forms and electronically register a business with the Department of Labor and Industry, Department of Revenue, and Department of State.

Pennsylvania Department of State
The Pennsylvania Department of State is one of the oldest agencies in the nation, with roots that reach back nearly a century before the Revolutionary War.  It was in 1680 that William Penn petitioned Charles II of England for land in America.  The King agreed, and in 1681, he affixed his signature on the Charter of Pennsylvania. 

IRS Online Form
Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) Online

Pennsylvania Department of Revenue  

MetroAction’s small business loan, small business assistance and business training programs are tailored to meet the specific needs of start-up and expanding businesses in northeastern Pennsylvania.

NEPA Alliance
The NEPA Alliance, a regional community and economic development agency, serves the seven counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania including Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne. NEPA Alliance services include Business Financing, Government Contracting Assistance, International Trade Assistance, Non Profit Assistance, Transportation Planning, Research and Information, and Local Government Services.

U.S Small Business Administration
SBA offers a variety of loan programs for very specific purposes. Take some time to study the programs described in this section, to see if you qualify to participate.

Small Business Development Center
The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center, or SBDC, provides no-cost confidential consulting and low cost training in proven management fundamentals helping small business owners and potential entrepreneurs make sound decisions for the successful operation of their business.