Sometimes a little help can go a long way. Here are some small business resources and tools that could help you take your business to the next level.
Ready to Grow Your Business?
The Small Business Administration might be able to help. Identify ways to finance your growth plans via the SBA’s website. Don’t forget to check in with your local SBA office for more assistance and special programs.
Check your local area for specialty organizations. For example, in Kansas City, KCSourceLink helps businesses across Kansas grow and succeed. In Austin, there’s the Economic Growth Business Incubator housing numerous resources for emerging enterprises. Similarly, in Jacksonville, FL, small business owners should consider contacting the Small Business Development Center for training, resources, and expert consultants.
Are You a Veteran Owned Organization?
The Veteran’s Administration has special services for veteran owned businesses, including financing links. For more information, visit the VA’s website.
There’s now a venture capital fund specifically geared toward backing veteran-owned businesses. To learn more about the Veteran’s Opportunity Fund, click here.
Don’t forget to check your local area for veteran-friendly resources as well!
Are you a Minority Business Owner?
Hispanic-owned business are growing at a rapid pace. A common challenge facing this group of entrepreneurs is access to funding. Several organizations can help. The Small Business Administration has Links to Minority Business Centers as well as other development programs for Hispanic-owned businesses.
Black females are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs. Lack of seed funds and fewer connections in the business community can cause challenges. Resources such as the women’s collaborative, Walker’s Legacy, help build community as well as provide tools and support.
Support for minority-owned businesses can also be found on the state and local level. Make sure to check your area for organizations such as the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, African American Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, or similar groups.