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Startup? Growth? Transition?
No matter what phase your business is in, knowing where to quickly turn to find actionable small business resources is invaluable.
You may be relieved to know there are at least a handful of trusted resources you can access from just about anywhere.
If you’re searching for ways to make connections and get quick guidance, check out some of these time-tested organizations:
Created in 1953 as an independent U.S. federal government agency, the SBA exists “to help Americans start, build, and grow businesses.” The SBA provides information about business loans, grants, and taxes, plus guides to walk business owners through essential beginning steps, such as:
Because the SBA is directly associated with the U.S. government, particular attention is paid to business legal and tax implications. Search by your business’ geographic location to be sure you are doing everything necessary to meet those compliance standards in your area. In the meantime, get free advice on everything from registering to selling your business.
SCORE is a supported branch of the SBA made up of retired, high-profile executives from all industries and specialties. Many of these volunteers are experts in their fields, so you can set up an appointment with a lawyer, accountant, marketing or hiring pro – pretty much every area of business is covered.
These volunteers give free, one-on-one advice to business owners (or even those with a business idea) who wish to set up an in-person meeting. With a focus on education and mentorship, SCORE helps people…
Collaborating with SCORE is a great way to have a real conversation with a mentor, build your business network, and ultimately make more informed business decisions.
As a business owner, networking (like it or not) is impactful. Resources and organizations that provide both step-by-step guides and access to a community of like-minded professionals should be at the top of your list. Consider these:
There is no shortage of small business resources available. Do your research, explore, and continue to build your business — smarter.
We are committed to helping your business succeed. Our dedicated business banking professionals can help you find the right product to meet your business’ needs. To learn more, please call 1-800-428-7463, visit us online, or visit your nearest Citizens Bank branch.
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