Financial experts suggest that small businesses will be the saviors in this economy, dragging the country out of the prolonged recession. Their nimble business processes and downright scrappiness are the best ingredients to grow the small business now. Today, we’ll talk about two organizations that specialize in helping the small business owner.
Use all available (free) resources: SCORE and SBA
SCORE is a small business mentoring and training organization run as a non-profit by volunteer mentors. Volunteer mentors are business people, leaders, and executives who want to give back to the business community by donating their free and confidential services to folks like you.
SCORE offers online or in-person mentoring, tips on everything from starting your business to attracting top talent. You can sign up for free e-newsletters or Ask SCORE via email and get a personal reply within 48 hours. Learn more about SCORE and what they offer at www.SCORE.org.
Another helpful organization is your local SBA (Small Business Association). Started in 1953, the SBA is an independent agency of the US government, created to protect and promote the interests of small businesses.
SBA is a wealth of information on your local business scene. Their FAQ pages list the most popular requested items and links to your state’s SBA branch.
Next time, we’ll be looking at getting connected online and how that will support your small business activity.