finances, taxes & legal

• Often we would like to avoid these, but they're also the most critical.
• Get your finances in order before you start your business.
• Prepare for taxes by being well organized; work with an accountant.
• Have contracts; protect yourself, your business & intellectual property.



Intuit small business finance guide

• Stellar online guide including info on accounting, taxes, financial management, funding and more.

Intuit Finance Guide


raising capital, grants, & loans

Presentation: Funding Your Business Idea

RI State Commerce Corporation

Providence Economic Development

U.S. Small Business Administration Loan and Grants Search

ACA - Accredited Angel Investors

Top 100 Venture Capital Firms

VentureWell Student Business Financing

Raise Money - The Startup Guide


ri business grants & competitions

RI Commerce Business Grants and Incentives

RI Business Plan Competition

Brown/RISD Venture & Social Innovation Fellowships

RI Innovation Fellowship

Center for Women and Enterprise Business Challenge

Providence Design Catalyst Grant


accounting and taxes

Presentation: Financial Issues for Artists and Designers

Financial Planning Advice for Creatives

Definitions of Basic Accounting Terms

Brass Taxes: Tax Help for Artists

IRS Record Keeping Guide

IRS Employer Identification Number

Financial Skills

Pro Bono Resources


accounting and finance tools

And Co - Invoicing & Project Management Software (RISD Discount)

WaveApps - Accounting & Invoicing Software

QuickBooks - Accounting Software

Mint - Finance Management Tool

Shoeboxed - Receipt Tracking

Expensify- Expense Reporting Software

LegalZoom -Tax Document Creator


rhode island state division

RI Tax Filing

RI Sales Tax Regulations

RI Sales Permit Information

Download RI Sales Permit


intellectual property & licensing

Understanding Copyright

Intro to Licensing

Key Issues for Art Licensing

Partial List of Art Licensing Agencies

Understanding Patents

Patent Resources for Entrepreneurs

Pro Bono Legal Patent Assistance in NE


how to write contracts

Presentation: Contracts and Legal Issues for Creatives

Contract Provisions Every Creative Needs to Know

Shake Law Free StartUp Legal Bundle

AIGA Standard Design Contract

Sample Contracts in Graphic Artist Guild Handbook

Shake Law Contract Creator


other legal resources

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

The Legal Artist

RI Free Business Start-Up Clinic

UpCounsel

Legal Guides for Creatives


not for profit

Department of Business Regulation