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SBDC:

... initials that stand for Small Business Development Center or Small Business Development Consultant (see the definition of small business development centers). There is, for example, an online small business development resource, the SBDC National Network of the SBDC National Information Clearinghouse which operates by connecting SBDCs throughout the US ... with clients and entrepreneurs (source of quote).

The website, www.sbdcnet.org, is operated with funds from the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and the University of Texas at San Antonio—CLICK HERE for the SBDC National Information Clearinghouse listing in the Global Directory of Contacts at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Institute for Economic Development, San Antonio, TX. For a UTSAToday article announcing SBA funding, CLICK HERE.

The SBDC National Information Clearinghouse provides ... in-depth business research free of charge to all SBDC counselors for their clients. (source of quote)
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Note that the source of the above quotes are www.sbdcnet.ning.com. Ning is a Palo Alto, CA service provider for online networks. The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication offfers an online article title: Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship for more about the development of networks in general.

FYI:you are using a resource, The Network, which is dedicated specifically to enterprise and economic development, small business enterprises included (About Small Business)
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resources for home offices and small businesses:

The American Association of Retired Persons has a large membership made up of many experienced business leaders. Although of retirement age, many are active as entrepreneurs and independent workers; therefore, you will find a re-focus at the AARP website from the Small Business Center once reported here to ... Money and Work features, tools and development. CLICK HERE to subscribe to an AARP Money and Work Newsletter.

Page down to more about associations that have an interest in small business development.

Another website with resources is Business Know-How.com ... Small Business Ideas, Advice and Resources—more about Business Know-How and the BizMiner website mentioned in the next paragraph. A tab for those interested in franchises is available at Business Know-How. Among the website's resources are, also, a section on ideas and another for subscribing to free newsletters. It looks like you can Google the Web for how to start a business. Products for entrepreneurs working out of their homes(Small Office/Home Office / SOHOs) and those who plan to startup small businesses are promoted at the website.

Appendix E of The Network glossary defines terms related to freelancers who operates from SOHOs. The glossary is a resource for enterprise and economic development.
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The website, www.globenet.org, published Forrest M. Miller's resource paper titled One Minute Guide to Starting a Very Small Business / The Lemonade Stands. Miller was once the executive director of the Tri-County Economic Development District in the Inland Northwest Economic Alliance area of Washington State. Miller also wrote a one-minute guide for economic development of small communities and rural areas ... access the guide.

Another small business resource is Jon Brandow's (Brandow Company, Camp Hill, PA) Biz Miner website. Brandow has experience as an economic development project manager.

small business / international markets:

Resources for small businesses are available in the .network library. Select the various library sections to visit below. Search the Web for services available locally to help small businesses tap into international markets, for example, to find out how to organize to export products.
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Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer:
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The acronyms are SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and SBTT (Small Business Technology Transfer)more about use of the SBIR initials as they relate to small business resources. The following synopsis is quoted from the website of the National Science Foundation. An SBIRWorld website was once discussed here. It was at the time under NSF sponsorship with ties to the US Small Business Administration. At last check, the SBIRWorld website was automatically redirected, apparently to the original program developer.

... programs stimulate technological innovation in the private sector by strengthening the role of small business (more small business information above) concerns in meeting Federal research and development needs, increasing the commercial application of federally supported research results, and fostering and encouraging participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses.

The Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) requires researchers at universities and other research institutions to play a significant intellectual role in the conduct of each STTR project. These university-based researchers, by joining forces with a small company, can spin-off their commercially promising ideas while they remain primarily employed at the research institution.
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The Central Michigan University Research Corporation / CMU/RC, Mount Pleasant, MI, lists resources related to government grants on its webpage www.cmurc.com/tech-grants.htm, titled Tech Acceleration. The page mentions grants for small business innovation from foundations as well as loans for women and community incentives in addition to SBIR sources, such as the National Science Foundation and US Government agencies. CMU/RC recommends starting with the SBIR Resource Center of Jade Research Corporation, Severna Park, MD if you are interested in government grants. A good place to start looking for additional information about technology development and community incentives is the Enterprise and Economic Development Library of The Network. See the information desk where you can can get directions to the different areas of the library or go directly to the technology development, economic development/community development, and business resources sections

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international trade and development:

... example of the identity of a section within an economic development agency or chamber of commerce offering services to businesses that want to export or import and deals with foreign direct investment prospects or opportunities for reverse investment. The keywords may be arranged in any number of ways. Some of the italicized terms in the previous sentence are linked to International Trade and Development in the .network library.
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Copy and paste the following suggested keyword combinations at the top of this page to search the Web for international trade and development resource and service providers in a place of interest to you. Substitute the identity of the place for the word location. For example, say you are interested in the State of Georgia, USA or the Atlanta, Georgia area. In that case, we suggest that you substitute simply Georgia or Atlanta, GA. Mix up the words to suit your own needs and also try using phrases by setting them off with quotation marks.
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spacerSearch the Web for ... location international trade development resources
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spacerSearch the Web for ... location "foreign direct investment" services
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spacerSearch the Web for ... location small business services international trade
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Ideas4development.org is a blog for those who are interested in international development issues ... (a) forum for open discussion and interaction between scholars, students, professionals of various backgrounds and the public at large (source of quote).

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TradePort.org / California's Gateway to Global Trade
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Although the website (created in 1996) is primarily for enterprises ... that seek to conduct international trade to and from California, it offers links various resources that anyone interested in international trade and development may find useful. Look on the left side of the page for resource links under categories such as export tutorial, import tutorial, market research, and trade library. The website is www.tradeport.org. If you didn't arrive here from International Trade and Development, the .network library and want access—CLICK HERE.
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questions answered about economic development:

About Economic Development is a section of the Economic Development Network website. Go the the website's main directory and look for the link to About Economic Development above the one for Area Development. Page up for comments about the latter mentioned section.

About Economic Development is presented as a series of pages that you move through just as you typically move through Area Development. One page lists frequently asked questions.

In addition to an introduction to economic development there are two other similar resources in the Site Location Assistance.com website of The Network. They are as follows:.

About Enterprise Development

About Site Location Work, i.e., about site selection.

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associations for enterprise and economic development:

We (who we are) do our best to cooperate with associations. Although we lack the resources to participate financially in all of the associations having missions similar to our own we try to show support, especially, for those that publish useful contact directories. We provide the free service of publishing information about them as well as links to their directories.

The Network may operate like an association with a primary interest in facilitating networking among its members ... it does claim use the word membership in identifying its target user group. It has Find Me Here as one of its three websites where a free-access directory of contacts is published. Contacts listed in the directory are members of its resource and service provider group. The Network, however, is not operated or sponsored by an association. It's owned and operated by a nanocorp named, Economic Development Services, Inc.

Here are questions sometimes asked about The Network and its similarity to associations made area and local development representatives (economic developers) and their allies:

What is the importance of networks to enterprise developers? answer

What is the importance of networks to site selectors seeking location data? answer

What is the importance of networks to places seeking economic development? answer
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How does the US Internal Revenue Service / IRS define an association? answer
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FAQ: Is The Network an association or its it owned or controlled by one? answer
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The following example of a special interest group (an association) is provided because it relates to the international trade and development discussion elsewhere on this page. (page up)

The International Development Association is an example of a type of special interest group that The Network seeks to support by providing its member with open access to resources and vice versa. The IDA is actually a UN agency affiliated with the World Bank. See the definition of international development in the International Trade and Development. section of the Enterprise and Economic Development Library. Other library resources in the ITD section is access to a website that defines international development law. The library also serves as an example how The Network serves its users, associations included, with resources.

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IBISWorld.com
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A resource for various types of industry reports. For example, it offers reports from research covering international industries (Australia, China, US). (IBISWorld brings) ... together all the facts and figures that describe the external operating environment of any company—its industry.

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ENTERWeb:
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... an annotated meta-index and information clearinghouse on enterprise development, business, finance, international trade and the economy in this new age of cyberspace and globalization (source). It is referred to as The Enterprise Development Website by it owner and developer, Jean-Claude Lorin of Hull, PQ, an employee of the Private Sector Development, Policy Branch, Canadian International Development Agency. The website is mainly dedicated to medium size and small business. The term micro is used to describe the smallest of enterprises served by EnterWeb. So it would seem, micro-enterprises would include nanocorps. Serving community economic development (The Network emphasis is on the fact that the process ends in a location) is another of the aims of Lorin's website.

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GEMET:

... acronym for GEneral Multilingual Environmental Thesaurus, a resource that can be accessed through www.eionet.europa.eu. EIONET is an acronym for European Environment Information and Observation Network. Its thesaurus is accessible though the section of the .network library where you find general and specialized reference materials.

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Meetings are getting too big and difficult for effective networking ...

A quote from Jack Lynne in Site Selection Magazine referring to the demise of the International Development Research Council ... title of article: IAMC: Focus on Industrial Firms, Corporate Members Carves Out Distinct Niche. In the article, Lynne also wrote ... (networking events of the IDRC replacement association will be) far smaller and more intimate than the large, often unwieldy conferences that now typify many industry associations.

Here The Network links what Lynne wrote in the magazine to a quote from the defunct IDRC website. The quote introduced the online directory of certain members of the association who now have records in the Global Registry of Contacts as .network mission contacts.

Perhaps the most important networking is that which is done on a person-to-person basis between individuals with special skills and experience ...In order to build a global skill inventory, we present this list of leaders drawn from participants in (IDRC meetings) ...

The Network offers Eight Essentials for Successful Networking for resource and service providers participating in its mission or one that is similar as they go through a transition of contact directories similar to what associate members of IDRC (example) went through.

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The Enterprise and Economic Development Glossary
a resource of the .network library

locations seeking economic development:

... an expresson used to describe all levels of locations, from national to local, where there are organized efforts to attract and assist prospects, such as enterprise developers and site selectors as well as others among members of the core user group of The Network.

Places seeking economic development, especially relatively small communities with limited resources, may depend on area developers to do the marketing and servicing of prospects but, even at that, they are likely to have people locally who are knowledgeable and in position to assist when called upon. Other locations, for example cities that are transportation and commercial centers of their regoins are likely to have economic development agencies.

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FYI: what is an online information service; definition of open access; definition of share network; what is a share network; what is an open access share network

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