Free Counseling and Advice Every Startup and Growth Business Needs
Business Business can be extremely expensive, and not knowing where to go for business can be a significant waste of precious time. That is why there are 80 business information centers (BICs) in the United States and more than 1100 small business development centers (SBDCs). Not only do they offer small business owners free counseling, but they also have an extensive reference library of books, publications and videotapes. Small business development centers and business information centers help with the planning of a new business or help expand an existing business.
BICs work with the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) to provide businesses with free business counseling. Retired businessmen and women release their expertise and experience to help with any problems your business is facing. These men and women can also help you develop a custom business plan for your specific business needs. There are more than 10,500 SCORE volunteers in 389 chapters assisting small businesses across the country. SCORE also offers an online business counseling initiative. More information on this can be found on the SBA.gov website.
Business centers are constantly adding new resources to provide for the local business community. Some BICs, such as the Sacramento Business Information Center, offer accounting, tax planning, budgeting, business finance and loan information, business plan development, legal information, management skills and marketing techniques to name a few of the areas BICs specialize in. majority of all major cities offer BICs.
The Small Business Centers are a training resource that is a collaborative effort of the private sector, the education community and federal, state and local governments. It is the largest small business enterprise (SME) company and an initiative that promotes economic development by providing smaller businesses with management and technical assistance. There are more than 1100 SBDC pilot and service centers across the country. To find the nearest development center, visit the following page created by the Small Business Administration (SBA): http://www.sba.gov/sbdc/sbdcnear.html.
Further information on SCORE can be found on SCORE.org. Their website provides more free information for businesses, including a unique template gallery that provides business plans for business plans, cash flow projections, balance sheets, break-even analysis reports, cash flow statements, competitive analysis reports, and more. You can also find the nearest SCORE office through their website.
The SBDCs, SCORE and the women’s business center all fit into the SBAs’ office for entrepreneurial development.