Starting a small business can be both exciting and scary at the same time. You’re doing work that you love and filling a need in your community, but you are also in previously uncharted waters. You’ll probably spend too much time making small mistakes or waste time making decisions that could easily be learned from a conversation with an experienced business person. To make sure your business is successful, you should get involved with the Small Business Administration and take advantage of resources like counseling and training from mentors.
The SBA offers a number of services to help out budding business owners. Small businesses are the heart of America and deserve to succeed, so the SBA has developed Small Business Development Centers in all fifty states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Territories. Each center has a director, staff members as well as volunteers and part-time employees. Everyone has experience in business and can help you in a specific area such as marketing, finances, engineering, organization, technical problems and production.
Services rendered by the SBDCs are confidential and free. Additional training is available for low fees. The SCORE Association helps first time business owners find mentors to help them on a personalized one-on-one basis. There are programs for veterans so that they can get business training and coaching for their new career. The Women’s Business Centers were created to help women start and grow their business so that women can have access to the same resources and help to make them equals in the business world. The U.S. Export Assistance Centers help you transform your small business to a global small business, which can be easier than you might expect thanks to technology and recent advances in commerce. Finally, the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers can help you start to do business with the government. You’ll get the resources you need to take your business to the next step.
So, if you are a small business owner, find out about your local SBA center so that you can start getting the help that you need and deserve.