Key Resources for Small Business Owners
Posted by Michael Beauchemin on Mon, Feb 06, 2012 @ 02:27 PM
As a small business owner it can be frustrating trying to find trustworthy resources and support for your business. Fortunately, there are numerous resources that small business owners can take advantage of.
Best of all, many of the resources that business owners can tap into have either minimal charge or are free.
One place to start is the Small Business Administration. The SBA web site, http://sba.gov has a wealth of information for business owners. Included on the web sites is information about starting and managing your business, loans and grants and counseling and training resources.
Most cities have a Chambers of Commerce that will provide members access to business resources, contacts, business mentors, an opportunity to network and other resources.
In some cities, local colleges will work with the local business community to develop courses and training sessions focused on teaching the principles of starting and running businesses. For example, in Charlotte, NC Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) has the Institute for Entrepreneurship (www.cpcc.edu/e-institute). Through North Carolina’s statewide university system, business owners can tap into the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC). The SBTDC business counseling service (www.sbtdc.org) provides business counseling services to resident businesses without fee.
SCORE is another organization whose mission is to assist small business owners with starting and managing their business. SCORE (www.score.org) provides free business counseling services, courses and training sessions on applicable business topics. They are staffed with volunteers who have extensive knowledge and experience starting and running businesses.
If you are a small business owner there are resources available to you to access and assist you with starting or managing your business. Best of all many of these resources are either free or can be accessed at minimal cost.
We have assmebled a list of resources for small business owners that can be downloaded for free.