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Small Business Resources

Provided below are a list of helpful links for small businesses to use as a resource.

City of FlagstaffFlagstaff Prospector
www.flagstaffprospector.com: Provides demographic information on the City of Flagstaff and Coconino County. Includes information on consumer expenditures, types of existing businesses, and workforce information. Search engine for commercial property for lease or sale by size and type.

AZ Department of CommerceArizona Commerce Authority
http://www.azcommerce.com/programs-and-services/small-business-services/: Provides small business services including online resource guides and checklist, information on business licensing, statewide resources, certification programs, commerce incentive programs and education programs.

AZ Department of RevenueArizona Department of Revenue
www.aztaxes.gov: Arizona business license links, business tax description codes, and Arizona Department of Revenue links.

Arizona Small Business Association
AZ Small Business Associationwww.asba.com: Offers workshops and seminars for every stage of business growth, from infancy to second-stage and beyond. For a fee membership, business owners and entrepreneurs get to access education, technology and B2B marketing opportunities and free, applications that are not available to non-members.

Arizona Small Business Development Center Network
www.azsbdc.net: AZSBDC is an innovative partnership between the state’s ten community college districts and the U.S. Small Business Administration. The network is the largest and most accessible source of assistance to Arizona businesses with fewer than 200 employees. Helps businesses address challenges to help them reach their full potential. 13 centers throughout the state.

Coconino Community College Small Business Development Center
www.coconino.edu/sbdc: Has assisted more than 100,000 small businesses in the last 15 years. Offers confidential business counseling, training seminars and customized training.

Coconino County Community Services Basic Business Empowerment
www.coconino.az.gov/comsvcs.aspx?id=5497: Offers First Step FastTrac business development training and Individual Development Account match savings opportunities for those who are able to participate. Selected applicants are those passionate to do business, but lacking resources and knowledge.

Internal Revenue Service, Small Business and Self Employed Tax Center
www.irs.gov/businesses/small/index.html: Your one stop assistance center for your business or as a self-employed entrepreneur. This includes Small Business and Self-Employed “Filing Season Central”; Business-related News; A-Z Index for Business; Online Learning and Educational Products; Applying for an Employer ID Number (EIN); Online Learning and Educational Products; Small Business Forms and Publications; Starting, Operating, or Closing a Business; Highlights of Tax Law Changes; Tax Tips, and more. Learn the basics on self-employment, filing requirements, and reporting responsibilities for independent contractors.

Northern Arizona Human Resources Association
http://www.noazhra.org/. Northern Arizona Human Resource Association (NAHRA) is proud to be a local affiliate chapter of the national Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest professional membership organization in HR Management. NAHRA is the #1 resource to help you get an upper hand on the challenge of personnel management.

Northern Arizona University Center for Business Outreach.
www.franke.nau.edu/businessoutreach: Offers business training, education, consulting, and information resources through The W. A. Franke College of Business.

Northern Arizona Center for Emerging Technology
www.nacet.org: Small business assistance program founded to help entrepreneurs and startups succeed in Northern Arizona. Offers hands-on consulting to high-tech, science, and renewable energy firms.

Service Corps of Retired Executives
www.score.org: Nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Business Financing.orgBusinessFinancing.org is a non-promotional website built to help guide business owners with simple and straight-to-the-point facts about financing. In the world of finance there are many different options available to businesses of all sizes and types.

The United States Chamber Small Business Division
www.uschamber.com/sb: Small business toolkits, articles and a small business library of info.

U.S. Small Business Administration
www.sba.gov: Offers SBA-backed loans, government contracting opportunities, disaster assistance and training programs and the latest issue of The Small Business Advocate.

U.S. Government business site
www.business.gov: The official business link to the U.S. Government. Small business guides, business law, licensing and permits, tax and finance info.

Financial Support – Many grant, tax credit, tax exempt and loan programs exist for qualifying companies locating in Flagstaff. A few are listed here:

Arizona State Incentives, Programs and Grants
From energy tax credits to enterprise zones, Arizona offers a myriad of programs and initiatives to make it worth your while to relocate or expand your business to Flagstaff. For more information: www.azcommerce.com/BusAsst/Incentives/

Employment Training
The Coconino County Career Center can provide assistance to employers and job seekers alike. For more information: www.coconino.az.gov/careercenter

The ADOC Work Force Recruitment and Job Training Program
A competitive grant program, provides funds for job training to businesses that create new jobs in Arizona. For more information: www.azcommerce.com/doclib/WRKFORCE/JT_Fact_Sheet.pdf

CEDC Loan Program
Commerce & Economic Development Commission funds may be used for the acquisition of land, building, equipment and tenant improvements. For more information: www.azcommerce.com/CommAsst/CEDC

Debt.org Small Business Resources
debt.org  strives to give small businesses a wealth of information on a broad range of topics related to their financial well-being. We offer information how to handle tax delays, how to make pay roll and how to separate business and personal finances. http://www.debt.org/small-business/