Bureau of Economic Analysis
The Bureau of Economic Analysis prepares the regional, national and international accounts of the United States, including estimates of the gross domestic product.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics compiles a variety of data for economic indicators, including the Consumer Price Index, producer prices, compensation and benefits, and productivity, unemployment and employment statistics.
Business locations, population characteristics and other census data is available by calling or visiting the web site.
Forms: (202) 707-9100 (not toll-free)
Information, forms, and publications regarding United States Copyright laws.
Economic and Statistics Administration
The Economic and Statistics Administration collects, analyzes and publishes economic and social data, including the Economic Bulletin Board and the National Trade Data Bank.
EPA Small Business Ombudsman
The Small Business Ombudsman provides information about federal environmental regulations and serves as the small business liaison.
202-512-1800 or 866-512-1800
Governmental Publications provides copies of public laws and government booklets.
Information on the hazardous water law and the proper disposal of hazardous waste is available.
International Trade Administration Public Affairs
800-USA-TRADE (800-872-8723) (Trade Information Center)
The International Trade Administration provides programs and services that help AMerican companies get started in exporting.
Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
The Minority Business Development Agency provides marketing, financial, technical and management assistance to the nation's minority businesses through business development centers, minority business trade organizations and MBDA research and field offices.
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
The National Institute of Standards and Technology strengthens U.S. industries' competitiveness, advances science and engineering and improves public health and safety.
230 South Dearborn Street, Room 3244
Chicago, Illinois 60604
(312) 353-7774 FAX
Lansing Area Office
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
315 West Allegan
Lansing, Michigan 48933
(517) 487-4997 FAX
OSHA's mission is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.
Office of Business Liaison
The Office of Business Liaison provides community businesses with a proactive outreach program and arranges regular meetings and briefings with departmental officials on programs and resources.
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization advocates the use of small, minority and women-owned businesses to fulfill the Department of Commerce procurement requirements.
Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)
The Patent and Trademark Office administers the nation's patent and trademark laws.
Posters required in the workplace (Federal) (see also "Posters" in State below)
Summary of federally required workplace posters.
Small Business Administration
The most comprehensive government web site for small business information.
Social Security Administration
Information about the Social Security Administration, their services to employers (including a guide to wage reporting for employers), and information about being self-employed.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides business tax forms and booklets explaining the tax code.
Trade Information Center
The Trade Information Center is a one-stop shop for U.S. firms that offers information regarding federal exporting assistance programs and guidance through the export process.
Wage and Hour Law Division
866-487-9243 or 202-693-0072
Information on the rules of overtime pay, minimum wage and compensation time is available. Call for details on child labor laws.
United States Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA helps people start and stay in business by providing small firms with loan guarantees, free business counseling, low-cost training and government contracting assistance. In addition, the SBA acts as an advocate for small business interests.