Using Government Information Sources: Print and Electronic

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Chapter 9
Business Aids
The U.S. government publishes many guides, handbooks, manuals, pamphlets, and other materials that provide information and assistance to businesses. While these guides are aimed primarily at small businesses, some documents are geared toward use by all businesses. The Small Business Administration is one of the most prolific publishers of these guides, with several popular and well-established series of publications. Another publisher of business guides is the International Trade Administration, which publishes aids for businesses exporting to and operating in other countries. This chapter lists some of the major series and gives examples of the types of materials available as aids to businesses.
SEARCH STRATEGY
This chapter shows a subject search strategy. The steps to follow are:
1. Check for an appropriate publication from the Small Business Administration or the International Trade Administration;
2. Scan the list of their materials for relevant publications;
3. Try the Related Material and Additional Sources sections, especially the GPO Subject Bibliographies for additional titles; and
4. Search the Monthly Catalog and PRF for other business aids not included in this chapter.

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION PUBLICATIONS

Checklist

General Publications. (irregular) U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA 1.2: Item 0901-B. GPO.

Content: guides and publications on small business topics.

Handbooks, Manuals, Guides. (irregular) U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA 1.19: Item 0901-P.

Content: guides to SBA programs and basic business topics.

Business Development Publication. (irregular) U.S. Small Business Administration. Office of Business Development. Support Services Section. SBA 1.32/2: Item 0901-E.

Content: short pamphlets on business topics.

Directory of Business Development Publications. (irregular) U.S. Small Business Administration. Office of Business Development. SBA 1.13/ 4:B96/year. Item 0901-D-01(MF).

Content: listing of titles in the Business Development Publication series.

Directories. (irregular) U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA 1.13/4: Item 0901-D-01.

Content: small business-oriented directories on a variety of subjects.

International Trade State and Local Resource Directory. (irregular) U.S. Small Business Administration. Office of International Trade; Office of Business Development. SBA 1.13/ 4:In8/(state). Item 0901-D-01(MF).

Content: addresses and telephone numbers of contacts in each state of assistance to small business exporters.

The States and Small Business: A Directory of Programs and Activities. (irregular) U.S. Small Business Administration. Office of Advocacy. SBA 1.34: Item 0901-Y. GPO.

Content: state-by-state directory of programs aiding small businesses.

The State of Small Business: A Report of the President Transmitted to the Congress [year]. (annual) 1981-. SBA 1.1/2: U.S. Small Business Administration. Item 0901-A(MF). ASI9764- 6. GPO.

Coverage: U.S., states. Content: comprehensive narrative and statistical report on small business.

SBA Online bulletin board. U.S. Small Business Administration.

Content: electronic information system of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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