We are frequently asked for information on technical and supportive services that help small businesses to grow their companies. There are many resources available on all levels for businesses that want to realize their goals – that amount of available support can be overwhelming. You might not know where to start.
Our advice is to pick one program that appeals to you and start there. If it is a good fit, then great! If not, then move onto the next program until you find one that works and supports the professional path you have chosen. Our approach is to research and interview these programs before committing to them. It will save you a lot of time in the long run.
Some programs are also online and self-administered. You can learn as you go at your own pace. SBA’s Business Plan program is a great example of this:
You can work through writing your business plan when you have time. Knowing that you are juggling many hats, you might not have the time to spend hours working on your business plan all at once. I also like to take my time thinking through how my company will get from Point A to Point B.
If you are looking for a business mentor, SBA’s SCORE provides resources through retired executives. They can provide as much or as little support that you might need to grow your business.
If you want support at a more local level, most cities and counties have assistance centers, Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) or Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC). A quick online search can help you to connect with any of these.
If you have specific questions, please continue to reach out to us at 510-978-4300 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help you to both connect with these resources and to succeed!