Hey All, I'm embarking on a backpacking trip in a few weeks but when I return in August I will be starting a small business. Right now I'm conducting research into the market which I would be entering. When I return I will setting up a job shadow and "internship" with a few companies to educate myself about the environment I'm entering and how organizations of this type function. My question is are there any resources (books, organizations, websites) you guys could point me to for helping me get the business off the ground? I'm mainly looking for information on accounting basics, tax and hiring information and regulations. I have previous experience with starting up non-profit organizations (in a university setting) and working in large corporate environments but very little experience in starting a small for-profit business. Any wisdom or lessons would be greatly appreciated. Yes, I am aware that most small businesses fail within the first few years of inception. But in my mind you can't be afraid to fail or you'll never suceed. Thanks for anything in advance. A.