I'm sometimes surprised by the number of government web sites that offer a lot of valuable help. One that I recently came across is the US Small Business Administration. There are a lot of tools, resources, and success stories on the site to help you get started.
The site appeals to me because I've had a number of ideas for a small business in my spare time but I just never had the peace of mind in knowing what to do to get started. My personality is to blame. I like knowing all the ducks are in a row before taking off.