Business Central offers access to print and online resources for interpreting the myriad laws governing small businesses.
Print Resources at EVPL
The library offers a large number of circulating books on the legal aspects of starting and running a business. There are general books on business law, commercial law books, and books specifically for small businesses. In addition you can do your own searching through keyword, subject, title, or author using the search catalog box above.
For help with state laws, go to Indiana's Business Owner's Guide to State Government.
There are several federal agencies that offer help in understanding federal laws:
The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration website is a fundamental resource for all businesses. From their website you can access the exact laws and regulations that effect workplace safety. They offer multiple tools for understanding compliance assistance and information on state level programs. Small business owners can access the Small Business Handbook or browse all of OSHA's small business resources from their small business page.
The Environmental Protection Agency has made all its applicable laws and regulations accessible from one online location. The agency also offers the Small Business Gateway which includes an FAQ and links to other sites, and areas within the EPA website that will help small businesses understand their rights and responsibilities.
From the Internal Revenue Service's Small Business and Self-Employed One-Stop Resource small businesses and the self-employed can access news, forms, and publications that specifically affect them.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission makes federal securities laws accessible and understandable through their Information for Small Businesses website. From that site businesses can access the Office of Small Business Policy, forms and regulations, pending rules, as well as compliance guides.
Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy is another good resource for help in understanding federal rules and regulations. Among the services they offer, they strive to keep small business owners updated on newly proposed federal rules.
Through the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's
website you can access the laws
pertaining to equal opportunity employment as well as information on how the EEOC specifically affects small businesses