The SBA has many excellent guides for small businesses, and one of the most in-depth is the Small Business Guide. However, with a guide so thorough, it can feel overwhelming to read through, let alone retain all the information! We’ve gone through and done a deep dive on the Resource section so you can get back some valuable time. Check it out:
Resource Centers and Advocates
The SBA has specific resource centers and advocates for small businesses and their development – here they are broken down:
Small Business Development Centers: SBDCs provide problem-solving assistance to help small businesses access capital, develop and exchange new technologies, and improve business planning, strategy, operations, financial management, personnel administration, marketing, export assistance, sales, and other areas required for small business success.
SCORE: SCORE is the nation’s largest network of volunteer business mentors. Experienced executives share real-world knowledge to fit your busy schedule. SCORE mentors are available for free as often as you need, in person, via email, or over video chat.
Women’s Business Centers: The SBA helps women entrepreneurs launch new businesses and compete in the marketplace. Each center tailors its services to help you navigate the challenges women often face when starting or growing a business.
Veteran Business Outreach Centers: The Veterans Business Outreach Center program offers resources to veterans interested in starting or growing a small business. Receive procurement guidance to better compete for government contracts. VBOCs also serve active duty service members, National Guard or Reserve members, veterans of any era, and military spouses.
Regional Advocates: When you need a voice within the federal government as a small business owner, the SBA’s regional advocates are here to assist. The advocates analyze the effects of proposed regulations and consider alternatives that minimize the economic burden on small businesses, governmental jurisdictions, and nonprofits.
Ombudsmen: The SBA’s National Ombudsman works for small businesses to assist them with excessive federal regulatory issues. Entrepreneurs who have an issue with an existing federal regulation or policy can receive assistance from an ombudsman.
Using all the resources available will only bring about your small business’s success, so be sure to make the most of the SBA! We’ll be breaking down more of this hefty guide in future blog posts, so be on the lookout.
The Bottom Line
There’s a lot to keep track of when you’re running your business, but Markaaz is here to help. And not just by breaking down the complex business industry and giving you the resources you need! We’re currently building an all-in-one Dashboard, making it easier for you to run your business. With the Dashboard, business owners have an at-a-glance view of all their business activity in one place – everything from cashflow analytics, sales insights, and customer insights will be at your fingertips, and more!
Casey Pontrelli, Content Manager
About the author: Casey Pontrelli is a multi-talented professional with a background in content creation, branding, and social media marketing. Whether writing for a newspaper, eCommerce website, B2B startup, or a marketing agency, she has taken her strong background in journalism and turned her focus to SEO and content marketing. She’s written about everything from boutiques to cars to online lending, but she’s especially passionate about supporting small businesses and giving them equal access to opportunity, which is why she’s a proud member of the Markaaz family. When she’s not writing up a storm or creating eye-catching social media graphics, Casey enjoys hanging out with her two cats, Eddy and Larry, going on long bike rides, and, predictably, reading.
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