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Banking & Money

  • Annual Credit Report - centralized service to request free annual credit reports from the three nationwide credit reporting agencies
  • Bankrate.com - news, tips and advice to compare mortgage rates, home equity loans, CDs, car loans, credit cards and money market accounts
  • CNN Money - the internet home of Fortune, Money, and Fortune Small Business
  • Currency Converter - FXConverter is a multilingual currency converter for over 164 currencies and 3 metals
  • Federal Reserve - the central bank of the United States
  • FDIC Institution Directory - Find out if your bank is insured, Find the location of your bank's branches and offices, review the history of your bank and more.
  • Financial Web - independent financial portal that provides you with a solid foundation of valuable knowledge from which to proceed to financial security
  • Financialized.com -  help for individuals interested in understanding finance. Explanations are simple and easy to digest.
  • Florida Department of Financial Services - links for consumers, insurance agents and adjusters, employers and state vendors, special programs, and much more
  • Foundation Center - nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting non profits and the grant makers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust
  • MSN Money / Banking - MSN Money is the comprehensive source for your money and personal finance needs. the banking section allows you to manage all your accounts from one place
  • Personal Finance Glossary - over 700 financial terms and definitions
  • Personal Finance Calculators - includes mortgage, auto loan, retirement, tax, debt and credit calculators, and many more
  • Saveandinvest.org - The tools and resources on this site will help you with the basics of saving, spending and planning for a bright financial future.
  • World Bank - vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world

Business Information Resources

  • Business Plan Basics - small business planner from the U.S. Small Business Administration includes information and resources that will help you at any stage of the business lifecycle
  • Consumer Price Index: Bureau of Labor Statistics - produces monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services
  • Entrepreneur.com - information to help start, grow or manage a small business
  • Federal Business Opportunities - federal government one-stop virtual marketplace where vendors and buyers can post, search, monitor, and retrieve opportunities solicited by the Federal contracting community
  • Florida Business Licenses - apply for or renew a business license, verify a license, file a complaint, and much more from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
  • Florida Department of Revenue Start-up Kit for New Business Owners - contains links to documents routinely distributed to new business registrants
  • Get Your Business Online - Free tools from Google to place your business listing on Google, create a website, and have your business listed in Google Map searches.
  • Grants.gov - Find and apply for federal grants online
  • Hoover's Online - comprehensive insight and analysis about the companies, industries, and people that drive the economy, along with the powerful tools to find and connect to the right people to get business done
  • IRS - Small Business and Self-Employed One-Stop Resource - The IRS provides important tax information for new businesses.
  • Moodys.com - look up ratings on over 170,000 business entities and in-depth details on the rating actions published within the last seven days with a free account.
  • Pinellas County Economic Development - works with existing businesses to encourage expansion and seeks to attract new companies to Central Florida's Gulf Coast
  • Small Business Development Center - University of South Florida, St. Petersburg - provides counseling, training, and resources to new and existing businesses
  • St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce - membership association of more than 2,500 business and professional organizations in St. Petersburg, FL
  • Starting a Business in Florida - information and help from the Florida Dept. of State, Division of Corporations
  • St. Petersburg Business Assistance Center - The Business Assistance Center (BAC) provides case management and follow-up services for the creation, retention and expansion of small businesses.
  • St. Petersburg Small Business Reference - one-stop online reference guide for small businesses. The site is designed to help small businesses easily access city assistance programs, business incentives, marketing tools, databases, and more.
  • Tampa Bay Business Journal - online version of the Tampa Bay Business Journal - the latest breaking business news, updated throughout the day
  • Thomasnet.com - comprehensive resource for industrial information, products, services, CAD drawings, and more. Powered by Thomas Register and Thomas Regional
  • USA.gov: Businesses & Non-profits - official information and services from the U.S. government for businesses and non-profits
Directories
  • BigBook.com - online resource for finding information and insights on businesses and retailers. Powered by Superpages.com
  • Franchise Opportunities - directory of available franchise and business opportunities across various industries and investment levels
  • Yellowpages.com - online source for comprehensive national and local business information. Subsidiary of AT&T

Government Agencies

Import/Export
  • Export.gov - brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace
  • Florida Export Finance Corporation - export finance assistance for Florida companies
  • Kompass - business to business import and export directory
  • UN Comtrade - United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database
  • World Trade Organization - global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations
Page last updated April 16, 2014