Here are some resources that hopefully will benefit entrepreneurs and young startup companies.
North Carolina Entrepreneurship Support Organizations and Information Sources
Council for Entrepreneurial Development Council for Entrepreneurial Development, the catalyst for business growth in NC. The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) was founded in 1984 to stimulate the creation and growth of high impact companies in North Carolina.
North Carolina Biotech Center an organization that provides extensive support for bioscience companies. The support includes several forms of funding and the recently announced BATON program for university spinouts.
North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) The North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) is the statewide non-profit trade association representing the technology industry. The organization is largely focused on information technology but does includes some other areas.
The Angel Capital Association is North America’s professional alliance of angel groups. This fast-growing association brings together many of the 265 angel organizations in the United States and Canada to share best practices, network, and help develop data about the field of angel investing. The site also has an excellent directory.
Edward Lowe Foundation The Lowe Foundation is an organization dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs. The foundation maintains a rich set of helpful articles in the resource section.
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is an operating and grant making foundation that works toward the vision of self-sufficient people in healthy communities. The site offers extensive information on Entrepreneurship.
Incubator.com – a global, virtual community of incubators, startups, and investors where the critical success factors of business incubation are provided online and free of charge.
National Business Incubation Association NBIA provides thousands of professionals with the information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies.
National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers The National Consortium has been formulated and developed over the last five years through the vision and support of the Kauffman Foundation Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Through the leadership of the University of Maryland, University of Southern California, and Ball State University, conferences were developed to bring together the best entrepreneurship centers in the United States. These conferences lead to the realization that greater collaboration among the directors of Entrepreneurship Centers would enhance and foster improvements in curriculum, research, outreach, projects and financial support for entrepreneurship.
National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) An organization to support universities and university spinouts. The organization hosts conferences and workshops. There are also topical resources available at the site.
National Venture Capital Association (VC trade association group…list and links to member firms (extensive), order books other information).
www.sba.gov Great source of a variety of information regarding small businesses and entrepreneurship.
STI (State Science and Technology Institute) Excellent source of economic development information and how to use technology to expand local economies. They have an excellent guide to high tech economic development available for free download.
Grants and Awards
grants.gov – the primary place to find opportunities for grants and awards from US Government agencies.
SBIR Gateway – an excellent portal linking almost all resources needed to research SBIR/STTR grants.
SBTDC SBIR/STTR Support Information an essential collection of supporting resources for obtaining grants including guidelines and sample grant submissions.
The Art of the Start. Guy Kawasaki
Corporate Entrepreneurship & Innovation Kuratko, Covin, and Morris
The Entrepreneurs Guide to a Biotech Startup an excellent free download from Evelexa Bioresources.
The Entrepreneurial Venture. Stevenson, Roberts, Bhide, and Sahlman
Founders at Work. Jessica Livingston
The Intentional Entrepreneur. Bodde
Technology Ventures From Idea to Enterprise. Byers and Dorf
The Entrepreneurs Guide to Business Law Bagley and Dauchy
The Angel Journal A publication dedicated to angel investing. Many articles and resources are available for entrepreneurs and investors alike.
The Business Plan Archive a research database for scholars interested in studying high-tech entrepreneurship in the Dot Com Era and beyond.
Bioentrepeneur A site sponsored by Nature Magazine with information and guidance for bioscience startup companies.
eClips A site with an extensive set of videos on entrepreneurship sponsored by Cornell University.
edCorner. A site with extensive educational resources on entrepreneurship including videos by Stanford University.
Entrepreneur.com An extensive web site of information for entrepreneurs sponsored by Entrepreneur Magazine.
The Entrepreneur’s Help Page features many items and resources for new businesses.
FoundationCenter.org The Foundation Center’s mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy.
Guy Kawasaki’s Blog A rich set of guidance on startups by Guy Kawasaki, one of the most prolific and practical writers on startups.
Jason Caplain’s Blog Jason is a venture partner at Southern Ventures and comments extensively on venture capital and especially venture activity in the southeast.
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