You don’t need to spend money sourcing information to launch your small business. Here is a list of free resources for your startup.
The Small Business Administration provides small businesses lots of free resources along with counseling and training through a variety of programs and free resources via partners, located strategically around the country. Visit www.sba.gov for information on the following programs:
The SCORE Association (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is one of the free resources of the SBA dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide. There are more than 10,500 SCORE volunteers in 374 chapters operating in over 800 locations who assist small businesses with business counseling and training. SCORE also operates an active online counseling initiative.
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)
The Office of Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provides management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. This is another group offering free resources to small businesses. SBDCs offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by providing a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations. The program is a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community and federal, state and local governments and is an integral component of Entrepreneurial Development’s network of training and counseling services.
U.S. Export Assistance Centers
Free resources on exporting are available. U.S. Export Assistance Centers, located in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States, are one-stop shops ready to provide your small- or medium-sized business with local export assistance. Receive personalized assistance by professionals from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Export-Import Bank and other public and private organizations. It’s a partnership that makes it easier to get the help you need to compete and succeed in the global marketplace.