This guide provides an overview of government agencies and departments which may be helpful to the business community, as well as the general public.
Business.gov is a web portal which streamlines business-related information from over 40 different federal agencies. The section entitled Launching Your Business (http://www.business.gov/phases/launching/) provides a step-by-step guide to starting a company, including a guide to writing business plans as well as assistance with navigating state and federal regulations.
Bureau of the Public Debt
This site gives information (both current and historic) about the public debt, and about savings, bonds, t-bills, and other debt instruments. The Site Map (http://www.publicdebt.treas.gov/sitemap.htm) gives an excellent overview of what is available.
The Census Bureau's economic programs section (http://www.census.gov/econ/www/index.html) provides statistics relevant to the business community. Notable publications include:
Comptroller of the Currency
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is an independent bureau of the Treasury responsible for oversight of national banks. The Comptroller's Office examines and supervises approximately 3,000 federally chartered national banks. The Comptroller's Office also supervises federally licensed branches and agencies of foreign banks.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
FedBizOpps: Federal Business Opportunities
A database of federal government opportunities exceeding $25,000. Replaces the publication Commerce Business Daily.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Federal Reserve Board
Information about foreign exchange rates, consumer credit, interest rates, and the money supply are available at this site.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
For additional information on labor and employment issues, visit the Labor subject guide at http://library.buffalo.edu/asl/guides/busdoc/labor.html.
Select the Business Solutions tab to learn how the Postal Service can help your business.
Securites and Exchange Commission
Small Business Administration
View information about starting a business, loans and grants, contracting, local assistance, and educational materials.
Like the federal site Business.gov in the above section, e-bizNYS is a web portal which organizes information from several New York State agencies into a single site. From the left-hand menu, select Business Guide for information on incorporation, licenses and permits, tax incentives, regulations, and much more.
New York State Division of Corporations
The Division of Corporations examines and holds documents important to business in New York State. Examples include state and local laws, trademarks, financial statements, and certificates of incorporation. The Division also maintains the Corporation & Business Entity Database, and directory to active and inactive companies in the state.
Visit the International Trade guide (http://library.buffalo.edu/asl/guides/busdoc/intl_trade.html) for many additional resources on international business, including contacts for foreign trade.
Industry Canada's information site for business. The section for Canadian Industry Statistics is located at http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/sc_ecnmy/sio/homepage.html.
EUROPA: Dialog with Business
Describes living, working, studying, and doing business in the European Union.
European Union Business Resources
Links to unofficial sites that contain potentially useful information.