By Ellen Parlapiano
Think you have a workable concept that will stand out in the marketplace? These websites offer solid advice for turning today's dream into tomorrow's reality.U.S. Small Business Administration
A well-developed home page with topics including Starting & Managing a Business, Loans & Grants, Counseling & Training, and links to local business development centers.
Information on hiring, taxes, estate planning, sibling rivalry, and other key issues.
Connects members through chapters, networking events, internship programs, and advocacy initiatives.
Assorted articles, blogs, and information regarding conferences.
Authors Meg Mateo Ilasco and Cat Seto have written a book about juggling work and parenting that is easy to pick up, put down, and get right back into later—in other words, ideal for a busy mother. Topics explored in Mom, Inc. (Chronicle Books) include figuring out what you want to do, pricing products or services, launching a website and blog and more, plus interesting, honest-sounding interviews with successful entrepreneurs. Never brain-numbing the way traditional business books can be, this cheerful pick offers a great mix of practical info and inspiration.
Originally published in the May 2012 issue of Family Circle magazine.