Stuff To Help You Grow Your Small Business
The internet is packed with many low-cost or no-cost tools to build a stronger, more profitable business. Below are just a few of the third-party online resources available.
Federal Government – USA
The federal government offers a variety of sites to support small business owners. From research and information to programs and services, these sites are a good resource and they are free.
- Small Business Administration (SBA) offers programs and services to help you start and grow your business.
- Census Bureau offers free demographic, social and economic data at the county, state, and national level.
- Department of Labor offers free statistics and trends on employment along with other employment-related info
Need to do a little research? Whether you need industry data, product or target market information or help to explore business opportunities — don’t overlook your local or county library. Most have a business resource center and very helpful staff!
Business News and Website
Staying on top of trends and business news is always a challenge for small business owners. These online sites offer relevant information for small business owners. Entrepreneur.com | Inc.com | Forbes.com
Whether you sell to consumers (B2C) or businesses (B2B), online business directories are a great tool to build web traffic and generate leads. Basic listings are free. Many allow for additional information at no cost. So take the time to claim your listing and fill out the business profiles completely. Be consistent with Company Name, Address, Phone Number for search engine optimization. There are a lot of local directories but these are a good place to start.
Social Media for Business
You may have an individual profile, but you need to give your business a voice too. You can do this on most social media platforms by creating a business or company page. Here are some that are must-haves for most businesses: Facebook Business Page, Linked In Company Page, Twitter Business Profile, Google for Business