business plans

This simple template is a guide to help you write a comprehensive business plan.  It outlines important topics you need to cover and that lenders want to understand about your business. (FREE) Basic Business Plan Outline

The Kauffman FastTrac® course teaches aspiring, early-stage entrepreneurs how to launch their businesses. By the end of the self-paced course, you will have developed and refined your entrepreneurial vision into a thoroughly researched and tested business plan. (FREE)

Launch & Grow With Confidence- Easily write a business plan, get funded, and know exactly how to reach your goals. With LivePlan's step-by-step process, you're guided through each phase of creating a professional, lender-ready business plan. (SUBSCRIPTION) -

Business research



The Hibbs Institute develops economic data about the greater East Texas Region for the use of businesses, nonprofits, and local governments. Their East Texas Economic Overview provides up-to-date, county-by-county business and economic data to facilitate better decision making.



SizeUp helps small business owners and entrepreneurs with the local market research and business intelligence they need to succeed. Start by entering your industry and location in the form below. (FREE) Click here to see how it works.


QuickBooks is the most popular small business accounting software used to manage income and expenses and keep track of your small business’s financial health. You can invoice customers, pay bills, generate reports, and prepare taxes. (SUBSCRIPTION)


Find QuickBooks help articles, Community discussions with other QuickBooks users, video tutorials and more. (FREE) 

credit reports and financial literacy

Federal law requires each of the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies - Equifax, Experian and TransUnion - to give you a free credit report every 12 months if you ask for it. (FREE)



A U.S. government agency dedicated to consumer education and making sure you are treated fairly by banks, lenders and other financial institutions. (FREE)

A U.S. government website that helps you manage and use your money wisely. Use credit and loans carefully. Protect your identity and money. (FREE)

websites & e-commerce