So, you are planning to start a business – where do you go to get advice and tools? Do you know what tools can help you start and run a business? There are plenty of tools out there but it is difficult to choose the right ones from the lot. Here is a list of 15 selected resources for entrepreneurs:
Small Business Administration: Entrepreneurs should visit this site to get information, links and resources to help their business grow. SBA also provides financial assistance including loans and grants to entrepreneurs.
SCORE: It is a non-profit organization that provides free business mentoring for entrepreneurs. Mentoring is usually provided by both active and retired business executives and entrepreneurs. It is also a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Small Business Development Centers: SBDC provides an array of technical assistance to small businesses and new entrepreneurs. Contact your nearest SBDC and they will help with all the aspects of starting and growing a business for free.
Bloomberg Businessweek: Bloomberg Businessweek talks about the general trends in the business world. It provides valuable insight on small businesses, policies, business schools, world economy and more.
Microsoft Office 2010: This is one of the most important business suites to help you right from day one. You may want to integrate it with Microsoft SharePoint 2010 for file sharing, collaboration and remote data access.
The Company Corporation: The Company Corporation provides traditional corporation and LLC formation services to entrepreneurs and small businesses. The site handles all the filing and paperwork required for a business.
Forbes: Forbes needs no introduction. It talks about rich and successful people around the world and also provides information about global trends, leadership ideas and human resource needs. Forbes also contains insightful articles written by industry experts.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Need to file a patent, a copyright or a trademark for your business? This site has the right resources and tools to help you.
Marketing Profs: This site offers everything an entrepreneur needs to learn about marketing through articles and guides. You can find out everything here – from creating compelling ad copy to attending trade shows.
WordofMouth: WordofMouth.org is a great resource for entrepreneurs to understand what their customers are saying about their products/services. It is a great tool for those entrepreneurs who wish to build a strong relationship with customers.
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