Starting a business can be a challenging process. There are nationwide resources available for entrepreneurs who are looking for affordable assistance.
Small Business Development Center
Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), as part of a nationwide network, provide high-impact, results-based consulting and training services to business owners and entrepreneurs with up to 500 employees. In today's economic environment, SBDCs are forging ahead to partner with new, established, growing, and forward-thinking businesses as they navigate the waters of change.
Through targeted training, clients learn how to launch businesses, stabilize established ventures and take their companies to the next level. Grants are available to assist with the cost of some training.
Small business owners pay no fee to meet with SBDC consultants. In-depth projects such as facilitated innovation and matchmaking assistance for mergers and acquisitions are fee-based to cover costs.
To find a local SBDC, visit the Association of Small Business Development Centers to search by zip code.
Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration is a government agency dedicated to advocating on behalf of small businesses across the nation. The areas SBA assists small business in include:
- Financial assistance
- Minority owned business resources
- Government contracting
- Disaster assistance
- Advocacy, laws, and regulation
- Support initiatives
- Counseling and training
To learn more about the Small Business Administration and how they can help your business, please click here to visit the SBA website.