A largely untapped resource to help small business owners

Hi there. If you’re a small business owner, entrepreneur, or just thinking about starting a business, you’ll want to see what the Small Business Administration of our government has to offer you, often at no charge, that will help you start or grow your business. What a pitch! Basically, the government is saying “We’ll help you make more money and never charge you a dime!” Can you beat that? And yet, I’m amazed at how many small business owners DON’T use the services of their local Small Business Development Center (SBDC)!

For 54 years, the US Small Business Administration has been a key resource for small businesses across our nation, funding local SBDCs and providing an amazing amount of helpful online and printed content. I urge you to take advantage of the many products and services your local SBDC provides. If you are looking for financing, business counseling, federal procurement opportunities (where the federal government buys from you), or you need help attaining the certifications necessary to compete in today’s marketplace, then you’ll want to stop by your local Center. You can locate yours by visiting http://www.SBDCnetwork.com

Like most any non-profit or government organization, when you work with an individual in that group they may be great or they may be less than great. It is hit-or-miss. But, just know that it is worth finding that “diamond in the rough,” that person whose talent and sincere interest in your success actually makes the difference. So, don’t be disheartened like I was many years ago when I made my first appointment with an SBDC counselor in Pennsylvania who turned out to be a dud. Since then, I’ve not only had amazing counselors but have become one myself, so I know that these positions do attract very effective business counselors.

It is easy to get excited about serving the small business community. People walk into our offices with such energy and hope and talent that you know they will do whatever it takes to succeed! And it usually requires that kind of attitude and persistence in order to make any new business work or to begin to dominate the market and grow your existing business.

Small businesses like yours are the lifeblood of our economy. Did you know that? Small business owners create between 60 to 80 percent of the new jobs in America. It isn’t the big businesses that make up most of the GDP, it is the work of small business owners. They help drive our economy, transform communities, create jobs, and e3nable people to realize their dreams. What dream businesses do you want to start?

At the SBDCs, our goal is to help small businesses by giving the mthe tools they need to succeed. Curious about what we can do? Visit:  http://www.SBDCnetwork.com to learn more. Whether you are starting or expanding a small businesses and need help developing a business plan, targeting clients that make you more money for your time, or establishing a budget or need additional training (don’t you just LOVE to do bookkeeping!) (tee-hee), or you need technical or financial assistance, the SBDCs are here to help.

You see, the role of government is to create an environment in which the entrepreneur can flourish, in which minds can expand, in which technologies can reach new frontiers. Serious, hard-working and successful small business owners create wealth for themselves, their investors, and their employees. Their creativity, hard work, and productivity have combined to produce the most vibrant economy in the world (it’s only the banks that have made it unstable lately).

Your local SBDC (Small Business Development Center), one of over 1,000 offices nationwide, are accessible via one of America’s largest resource vaults for supporting small business owners at  http://www.SBDCnetwork.com Register for free, watch some training videos, write a business plan, apply for a loan, and a whole lot more. We’re here to help.

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2 responses to “A largely untapped resource to help small business owners

  1. Hi Andrew
    Nice post, wondered if you’d like to take a look at Brownbook.net and give us your views. Its all about helping small businesses.
    website is here: http://www.brownbook.net
    blog is here: http://blog.brownbook.net

    (PS: I noticed in your wite navigation, sidebar, you have the CATEGORIES section twice, you may want to remove one of them).

    Regards
    Dave Ingram
    dave@brownbook.net

  2. In indianapolis the SBDC has been a terrfic resource and allie! I have really enjoyed working with the counselors.

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