There’s nothing small about a small business. Forbes reported that small businesses have generated over 65% of the net new jobs since 1995, and employ half of our working population. Our hats go off to these job creators and innovators! If you’re a budding entrepreneur or an established business owner, you may be familiar with these helpful resources available to you to either help you get a new business started, or help you grow. And if you have any more to add, please post them in the comments below.
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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
The U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions, and other forms of assistance to small businesses since 1953. Some of their services include business financing, entrepreneurial development, government contracting, and advocacy for small businesses.
- Visit the SBA
- Learn how SBA loans can help your business on our blog
- Watch our video to learn how SBA loans can help manage your cash flow
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IRS - Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center
At the IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center, you can download small business and self-employed tax forms; find information on a variety of topics; find local small business events; learn through their webinars, videos, and online educational tools; find important tax information for your business and more.
America’s Small Business Development Centers
Aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners can turn to the Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) for a variety of free business consulting and low-cost training services. Universities and state economic development agencies host these business centers, and receive funding in part through their partnership with SBA.
- Find your local SBDC
SCORE has been providing helpful resources to small businesses for nearly 50 years now around the country and beyond. With the help of their 11,000+ volunteers and funding by the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE provides budding or growing business owners a variety of tools for free or for a low cost. Take advantage of their business mentoring or counseling, and all of their free resources on their website, including business templates, blog posts, webinars, and more. You can also take advantage of their business workshops, either in-person, or online.
- Visit SCORE
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Women’s Business Centers
Women entrepreneurs can seek guidance from more than 100 educational centers across the country at the Women Business Centers, which the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) oversees. These centers were set up to help “level the playing field” for women entrepreneurs with a combination of training and counseling.
- Find your local Women’s Business Center
Business Month at Webster Bank
To celebrate the SBA’s Small Business Week, we’ve named May, Business Month at Webster, and are hosting a series of educational seminars for business owners and extending special offers.
- Learn more about our upcoming seminars & business discounts.
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Those are just a few of the resources available for business owners and budding entrepreneurs. If you have any more to share, please post them in the comments below. Thanks to all the current and future small business owners for taking a chance and making our neighborhood a better place to live and work.