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Marketing @ About.com
A wide variety of full-text articles in 25 subject areas written by marketing/advertising experts and teachers.

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University of Texas Advertising World
Links to advertising and marketing information in nearly 80 subject categories such as Broadcast and Print Media, Direct Marketing, Hot Web Sites, and Promotional Products.

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Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States. FINFA's mission is to protect America's investors by making sure the securities industry operates fairly and honestly. Use the Broker Check® "to check the background of your investment professional."

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Financial Planning Association of Illinois

FPA is the premier resource connecting consumers with financial planners that will deliver advice using and objective, client-centered, ethical process.

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Securities and Exchange Commission
Bonds Online

Details on the basics of bond investing and how to select a broker.

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Investing in Bonds

Resource created by the Bond Market Association, educates investors about U.S. securities, municipal bonds, corporate bonds, and other bond types.

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SmartMoney.com--Bonds

Guide to fixed-income investments from SmartMoney.com.

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CNNMoney

CNN, Fortune, and Money Magazine team up to offer business news and financial information.

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Marketwatch.com

Dow Jones and Company's site for business news, personal finance advice, and investment information.

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MSN Money

MSN site contains business news and commentary, investing information, and personal finance education. Rated as a top investment site by Barron's.

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Yahoo! Finance

This site offers financial news, company and industry information, and personal finance education. Historical stock data.

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InvestorWords

Glossary of investment terms.

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Motley Fool

Investor education, market data and charts, free daily email newsletter, and lively chat boards.

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SEC Investor Information

SEC's Office of Investor Education and Assistance provides a variety of services to address the problems and questions you may face as an investor. We cannot tell you what investments to make, but we can tell you how to invest wisely and avoid fraud.

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The Trading Coach

A resource developed by a former member of The Chicago Board of Trade for those who would like to learn how to use simple stock market charting techniques to manage their investments.

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Bankrate Calculators
Oanda.com

Historical currency exchange data.

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Bank CD Rate Scanner

Rate comparisons from thousands of FDIC-insured U.S. banks.

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Bankrate.com

Comparison shop for certificates of deposit and other interest rates.

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Thomas Register

Search the well-known manufacturers directory.

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Thomas Register

Search the well-known manufacturers directory.

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Mutual Fund Investor's Center

Mutual fund education from the Mutual Fund Education Alliance.

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Mutual Funds, Financial Advice and Planning - CNNMoney.com

Articles, news, and mutual fund analysis.

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State Trademark Agencies Links
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Search
AllBusiness

Get small business advice and a wealth of resources from this D&B site.

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BPlans.com

500+ Sample Business Plans.

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

Search for grants, training, guaranteed loans, and 12 other types of assistance.

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eLaws - Employment Laws Assistance

This interactive site from the Department of Labor can help both employers and employees understand the federal employment law.

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Findlaw's Small Business Center

Provides information and resources for small business owners, and help for entrepreneurs seeking to get a business idea off the ground.

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Franchise Handbook Online

The Franchise Handbook offers articles, links to associations, a franchise directory and more.

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FranchiseGator

Locate franchises and businesses for sale.

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Illinois Department of Labor

Find laws, forms, and more from the State Department of Labor.

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Illinois Small Business Development & International Trade Center

Find your path to success with CLC's small business expertise. Offering one-on-one consulting targeted to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

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SCORE: Service Corps of Retired Executives

SCORE matches small business owners with retired executives willing to offer advice on business matters.

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Small Business Administration
State of Illinois Small Business Portal

Discover how to start and run a business in Illinois.

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Big Charts

Discover how to start and run a business in Illinois.

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Online Investor Stock Splits and Historical Stock Splits