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11 of Our Favorite Small Business Resources

Being a small business owner is tough. Sometimes you might feel like you’re in it alone (you’re not!), but you might also be overwhelmed by the information out there designed to help you. If you don’t know where to go for help, check out some of our favorite small business resources.

Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration (SBA) can help you with just about anything you need when it comes to your business. They can help you find loans, figure out what your tax obligations are, and so much more.

Service Corps of Retired Executives

The Service Corps of Retired Executives, much better known as SCORE (we had to look up what it stood for, and we tweet them a lot), provides counseling and mentoring for any part of your business.

If you do not live near a SCORE office, you can sign up for newsletters, attend online webinars, and a lot more.

Small Business Development Centers

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are part of the SBA. They provide business consulting and can help you develop your business plan, find the right manufacturer, and even help you get started with your market research. Go the SBA’s website to find your local SBDC.

Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce is a business organization that can help you network with other business owners and get your business’s name out in front of your customers. You’ll usually have to pay to join your local Chamber of Commerce, but keep an eye out (even if you don’t join) because they might do the occasional free networking event in your area.

IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center

Taxes are complicated even if you don’t own a business. Instead of trying to find out what you need on Google or fumbling around the IRS website, go directly to their Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center. They have information on everything related to small business taxes in one place.

Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

It can be tough to keep up with Department of Labor (DOL) regulations and rules, especially as your business is growing and you’re starting to hire more people. The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is designed to help you, the small business owner, understand all those rules and regulations.

Accounting Coach

Do you want to learn accounting principles and basics but have no idea where to start? We always recommend Accounting Coach. The best part? Most of their courses are free!

4 of Our Favorite Online Publications

Small Business Trends

Entrepreneur

Inc

The Balance Small Business

Did we miss anything? Share your favorite small business resource in the comments!