When getting a small business off the ground, you want to have all the knowledge you can to make the right decision…but finding the right ones that will actually be useful can be very time consuming.
An article in Entrepreneur Magazine’s April, 2009 issue – Best Resources for Startups – lists 4 resources every aspiring small business owner, and even those who are well established, should be familiar with.
1. SCORE – A nonprofit organization with over 400 chapters and 12,000 working and retired entrepreneurs and business people that provides mentoring online and in-person for free.
2. Small Business Development Centers – Located across the country and usually connected to a university, these organizations provide consulting for just about anything facing a small business.
3. Small Business Administration – Federal government agency that provides an array tools to help new and aspiring entrepreneurs succeed. It’s recommended you start with their Start-up Assessment Tool to help find the right resources.
4. U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Center – An arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that provides comprehensive assistance for startups through web-based tools and resources.
These are just a few of the many resources out there…but, they’re most likely the most reliable for accuracy and impartiality.