Internal Revenue Service Get the lowdown on current Federal tax regulations and other tax information at the Internal Revenue Services Web site, where you can also download tax forms and instructions. Its Small Business Corner offers advice on starting and operating your own business.
Government Web pages.
U.S. Department of Commerce The depth and breadth of information at this site seems overwhelming, but its an incredible tool if you know what you're looking for. Its got links to the DOCs 14 bureaus, including the Patent and Trademark Office, the Bureau of Export Administration, the Census Bureau, the International Trade Administration and the Technology Administration.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHAs pages provide a wealth of information related to the agency's workplace safety standards and regulations. You can search for OSHA regulatory rules, and delve into a number of other databases that include information such as recordkeeping guidelines, speeches and congressional testimony.
Library of Congress The two most useful areas at this site are Thomas, where you search for information about legislation, and the Copyright Office, where information about copyright law is available.
Federal Trade Commission There's a mother lode of practical information here, including the Business Guidance section, with scores of downloadable business publications on topics ranging from advertising to e-commerce to telemarketing. The directory of regional offices will steer you to the nearest Better Business Bureau, Public Utilities Commissions, state consumer affairs and other agencies offices.
National Technical Information Service Through the National Technical Information Service home page, you can search more than 370,000 (20,000 business-related) titles produced by U.S. government agencies and nonprofit agencies since 1990. This free search is limited to author, title or agency identification information. You have to subscribe to get full descriptive summaries. GovCon GovCon is a free service for businesses interested in obtaining government contracts. Once you register you will have access to The Commerce Business Daily; bidding, teaming and employment opportunities; searchable government regulations; electronic newsletters; an interactive advertiser yellow pages; and notification of upcoming seminars and trade shows on government contracting issues.