Small Business Advice

Small businesses are usually a one or two man operation. A business with more than one owner is a different animal entirely. The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides a bevy of useful information and services to help start and run a small business. This includes a helpful portal with a wealth of free resources.

The SBA also maintains a network of district offices in all 50 states. The organization’s Small Business Center offers free one-on-one business counseling and informational resources. Their website has links to an IRS Small Business Portal where one can find answers to their tax questions as well as free downloadable tax forms. Another useful site, the FDIC’s Money Smart for Small Businesses, provides a wealth of information and services for small business owners.

One of the better ways to learn about the finer points of operating a small business is to participate in SBA’s small business programs. The program’s offerings range from free introductory workshops to comprehensive training in areas such as marketing, accounting and finance, human resources and more. You might be interested in obtaining certification as a Small Business Enterprise, a designation that can lead to more lucrative federal government contracting opportunities. While most small business owners aren’t likely to receive such a promotion, you’ll still be in a good position to take advantage of the opportunity if you are willing to put in the effort.