Tuesday, December 16, 2014

For Women: Simple Ways to Build Your Self Confidence

Women often downplay their skills and abilities, to their detriment. This can be a huge problem for women owned businesses and women entrepreneurs. If you don't believe in your skills and abilities, how will you convince others (funders, employees, and vendors)  to do so? Confidence radiates out from you and attracts the people and circumstances you need, therefore, it is crucial to build your self confidence in any area in which it is lacking.  Here is a presentation by two noted female journalists that illuminates this issue and provides some relatively quick activities women can engage in throughout the day, everyday, to boost their comfort in acknowledging and championing their abilities. In addition, these activities can help boost self confidence.




Here's an excerpt of an activity:

"Take a half hour while you're working and become aware of your inner dialogue. Be on alert for any obsessive or catastrophic thinking. Practice halting the negative ideas with an alternative positive scenario. Notice how the intervention stops the cycle."

Women entrepreneurs, take heed. Try the above. If you notice negative thoughts, do this 2-3x per day, until those thoughts no longer arise!
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It's that Time Again! 1099s - Who Gets Them?

1099 Video Series - Entities Get 1099s
Part of The Resourceful CEO Presentation Series

What Entities Get 1099s?:

What Entities Get 1099s ? The 1099 Video Series

Introduction:

Independent contractors provide a number of different services in any given year. Attorneys and accountants, IT providers, sales representatives Most must receive 1099s. http:// www.cash4impact.com/1099-guide

Table of Contents:

Form 1099-MISC - Purpose & Requirements:

Requirements
Form 1099-MISC's purpose
Required by the IRS 

Covered Business Types:

Individuals operating as sole proprietors
General partnerships Limited liability partnerships ...
Exemption:....

Corporate Exceptions:

A few exceptions to the corporation exemption exist.

IRS: Dates:

Payers must deliver Form 1099-MISC by
Payers must mail the IRS the 1099 summary by
If filing electronically, Payers have until

W-9 Required:

W-9 provides: Business name
Taxpayer identification number...

References:

Internal Revenue Service:
Forms and Associated Taxes for Independent Contractors
General Instructions for Certain Information Forms
For more information and additional videos,
visit Cash for Impact : www.Cash4Impact.com/1099-guide
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Barnes & Noble Book Signing-Thank You | The Funding Is Out There!

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Goldman Sachs National Small Business Offering at Babson College



Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses website
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses now offers a national cohort at Babson College (MA) that will allow select business owners in markets that do not have a Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program the opportunity to matriculate both on-line and in person, free of charge.

National Urban League is recruiting qualified, eligible candidates that would benefit from this program to apply TODAY. Basic program qualifications are as follows:
  • Applicant must be an owner or co-owner of a business
  • Business must be in operation for at least two years
  • Business revenues must be between $150,000 and $4 million in the most recent fiscal year
  • Business must have at least 4 full-time employees (including the owner)
Since 2010, the National Urban League has served as a national partner of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses. Through this partnership, our participating Affiliates continue to successfully recruit hundreds of minority businesses that graduate from the program and gain access to capital.  Benefits to program alumni include increased efficiency in operations; increases in revenue; improvements in daily operations and long-term goals.  But, more importantly, these businesses fuel our nation’s economy by creating jobs and adding to the economy in underserved U.S. markets.

With more than 3,500 business owners who have graduated from the program, we need your assistance to get more deserving businesses to apply. Please click on the below link to apply to the program in your local market and to the national cohort, if your city is not in the listing.

Additional information about this program can be provided by Terry Clark, VP, Entrepreneurship and Business Development, NUL at 212-558-5379 or by e-mail at tclark@nul.org

For more information, please click here.
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Have a wonderful, happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! 

PLEASE take the time to express real, heartfelt thanks for all that you have. We often spend so much time striving to reach goals or to "have more money", "be more successful in my business", or "advance further in my career" that we forget to appreciate what we do have and the great things we have already accomplished.

Take the time to do that today. Take the time to express gratitude and a heartfelt thank you. You don't have to say it aloud in front of others, but please say it. You'll feel soooo much better for having done so!
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Friday, October 10, 2014

Networking in 15 Minutes a Day


You can listen to Fran's interview with Marnie Swedberg on Fraternizing with Fran.

Marnie Swedberg is author of 12 “how-to” books, manager of the family restaurant and retail store, radio host, public speaker, mentor and web hostess. One of her ebooks is called Sane Social Networking in 15 min a day – for busy people. Since doing the book, she has become a social network advocate.
She also hosts Marnie’s Friends on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/marniesfriends

Q – How do you use Facebook, Twitter and Linked In? What are some of your social networking strategies?
I spend 15 minutes a day doing what I call playing "ping-pong" with my social networks. I "ping" out, or volley out, 4+ posts per day using BufferApp.com and then, just once a day, I spend a few minutes at each site replying to comments, etc. Works great in the minutes I have.

Q - You started life as a victim of a reading disability, fires, floods, car wrecks, tornadoes, burglary, lighting strikes and the death of your beloved dad. Yet you have exhibited extreme come-back behavior, becoming a success.

Q - What was it besides your profound faith that spurred you on?

As is the case with everyone who enters an arena with a handicap, I developed new methods -- strategies that could help ME do what I needed to do in extreme circumstances. Now I share those strategies with thousands around the world who aren't facing the same set of traumas, but would like to do things faster, better and smarter.
Q - You mentor 13,000 super busy leaders in 30 countries through your program, B.U.S.Y – Best Unique Strategies for You.

Q  - What do you mentor them about?
I train in the 12 life zones: 
Faith, Family, Food, Writing, Speaking, Media, Managing, Training, Connections, Women's Ministry, Event Planning and Websites.
I train BUSY - Best Unique Strategies for You (again, based on my personal background which required me to develop unique approaches to everyday problems).

Q - You have presented at large corporations, including Honeywell, Prudential, Pillsbury and AT&T.

Q. What do you impart to these corporate types?
I love to share life mastery, success and other how-to strategies, principles and best practices. I train everything from "The Success Principles of Olympians, Presidents and CEOs" to "Kitchen Shortcuts". If you'd use it in your daily life, I probably touch on it in one of my programs.

Q. What are some of the Time Management strategies of Olympians, CEO’s and presidents?
I go into details about exactly HOW leaders master these, but the high points are:
A - Assess and Assign Value
B - Batch
C - Calculate 
D - Delegate or Do
E - Evaluate. Never stop evaluating everything!!

Q. What advice would you give to small business owners starting out?
Calculate! In fact, I'd love to offer readers my free "30 Second Prioritization Calculator. May I do that? You can get it as a free gift at http://www.mentormarnie.com/30Seconds.php

Marnie was interviewed by Francine Silverman, editor of Book Promotion Newsletter,
an on-line publicist, compiler of 16 ebooks of talk radio shows and host of a weekly
radio show, Fraternizing with Fran – where interesting people come to chat.
http://www.talkradioadvocate.com and http://talkradioadvocate.blogspot.com

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Funding! Is Here

Today, October 7, 2014, my book, The Funding Is Out There! Access the Cash You Need to Impact Your Business, went live. This means that it is now available for purchase at your favorite bookstore: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million (BAM), Powell's Books, Chapter - Indigo, and others. The Funding Is Out There! is available in eBook format, softcover, and hardcover. For more information and links, see www.thefundingisoutthere.com .
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Entrepreneur Job Experience - Networking Into Your Target Company

Career Intelligence networking article
Excellent article on networking in which I am quoted.

Some entrepreneurs jump directly into business ownership, but most start off as employees somewhere. Working as an employee provides you with information about what to do... and what not to do. It helps you to see how companies scale, utilize existing resources, hire, segment into departments and divisions, prepare financial statements, and so much more. As such, working for one or more companies, particularly entrepreneurial companies, can really help drive your growth as an entrepreneur. In addition, working for someone else can provide you with the needed funds to start your business, assuming that you save a good portion of what you earn!

Networking into a Great Learning Opportunity

If you want the best learning opportunity, you must identify the company and position that would provide this for you. Once you do so, the typical job boards will most likely not help you. The fastest and most assured way to get into the company you want, at or near the position you want is to network into it. How do you do that? Check out the insightful article "Networking Into Your Target Company: Strategies for getting into your target company" on career-intelligence.com,

 Excerpt from Networking Into Your Target Company

 "Like Facebook, Twitter gets mixed results from career experts in terms of its use as a targeting tool to connect with specific companies. However, there are a few common strategies to try to make contact with company recruiters or hiring managers at your target organizations.Tiffany C. Wright, founder of The Resourceful CEO, suggests determining if the corporate contact you’ve identified on Twitter maintains a blog or regularly contributes to one. If so, you can read that person’s blog and bio, then comment on the blog on Twitter using the person’s @Twitter handle. “This shows that you did your homework and paid attention,” says Wright. “Request a brief talk with her about her company and what she does, as it relates to something she wrote about.”"

To read the article in its entirety, go to http://career-intelligence.com/networking-target-company/
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Upcoming Radio Interview - Fraternizing with Fran


Fraternizing with Fran - notice the blurb for the Tiffany Wright interview
I,Tiffany C. Wright, author of The Funding Is Out There! Access the Cash You Need to Impact Your Business, will be interviewed live on Fraternizing with Fran, a blog talk radio station. The half-hour show airs live on Wednesdays at 2 pm (ET), 11 am (PT). I'll be featured on this Wednesday's show, October 1, 2014. Come check it out. The interview only lasts 15 minutes!

Fraternizing with Fran – Where interesting people come to chat 
on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/franalive 
Host: Fran Silverman
Co-host: Frank Fiore, host of The Back Story on BTR
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Web Company Service Giveaway Contest

Click on the photo to go to the contest page.

King Swag, Inc. is giving away websites and services.

Austin, TX -- King Swag, Inc. is currently running a contest to give away nearly $7,000 in services. These services include: free websites and six months free social media management and online marketing. The contest began September 1, 2014 runs through October 20, 2014. Although targeted to business owners, the contest is open to anyone 18+ years old in the United States.

King Swag, Inc. was founded by Kyle Sattler in June 2013. The company began life as King Swag Designs, added another venture, King Swag Productions, seven months later, then changed its name to King Swag, Inc. in July 2014. King Swag Inc’s primary business is building websites and creating online marketing plans at a reasonable cost for small businesses.

The top three finalists will each receive a free website, built from scratch. The grand prize winner will receive online marketing services and six months of free social media management.

You can learn more about the contest at: https://designs.kingswaginc.com/ultimate-web-presence-contest/ . You can learn more about King Swag, Inc. and its service offerings at http://kingswaginc.com .

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Monday, September 1, 2014

The Funding Is out There! Addresses Funding Concerns


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Tallmadge, OH -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/28/2014 -- Despite the recovering economy, business funding is still a major concern for many of America’s small and medium businesses. A new book, The Funding Is Out There! Access the Cash You Need to Impact Your Business, alleviates some of those concerns.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland published the following, based on its research, “the fraction of nonfarm, nonresidential loans of less than $1 million—a common proxy for small business lending—has declined steadily since 1998, dropping from 51 percent to 29 percent.” Although this statistic is due to a combination of factors, it bodes poorly for the majority of business owners who primarily pursue bank loans as their source of business funding. The new book, The Funding Is Out There! Access the Cash You Need to Impact Your Business helps business owners identify and pursue other options that are more suitable to their businesses’ stage and industry, thus arming business owners with options.

To read the press release in its entirety, go to SBWire: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/the-funding-is-out-there-addresses-small-and-medium-business-funding-concerns-541205.htm
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Blog Talk Radio Interview: The Funding Is Out There!




Join me for an interview / discussion of my new book, The Funding Is Out There! Access the Cash You Need to Impact Your Business, on the Hollis Chapman Show!

http://blogtalkradio.com/hollischapmanshow

Friday, July 25, at 1:00 pm EST 
  • 12 noon CST
  • 10 am PST


Get answers to questions such as:
  • How does a new company get funds?
  • Options for each stage of growth.
  • How has passion helped you get over the rough spots?
  • Small and medium businesses are unaware of the variety of financing sources.But there are so many hoops to jump through! Expound on this.
  • Learn how to lay the financial framework to create a viable, sustainable business to sell or pass on! Could you share some tips with us?
  • Advice to optimize your banking relationships.
  • What does Tiffany C. Wright think can help business owners most, financially?
http://blogtalkradio.com/hollischapmanshow




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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Small Startup Shows Uncommon Partner Relationship Building Approach


Photos of the messages sent to Xero by TimeCamp.
Press release: A small startup, based in Poland, shows an uncommon approach to building relationships with business partners.

From the end of June, companies that use Xero for accounting can also monitor time and attendance of their employees thanks to the integration with TimeCamp, an automatic time tracking software application. Connection of these two tools provided an opportunity to try a more human approach to marketing.

TimeCamp typically opts out of the use of classical marketing and markets to highlight the benefits of using its time tracking software. TimeCamp prefers to rely on people, emotions and true Human-to-Human relations, eschewing the term business-to-business. In other words, H2H instead of B2B.

H2H is a new way of thinking about marketing. Its creator, Bryan Kramer uses the simplest words to describe this idea, “Businesses do not have emotions. People do.”

According to Bryan, for customers (and also for business partners) what is most valuable is “an undying relationship with a person or people at your brand who make them feel uniquely special.”

This belief is the reason for TimeCamp’s action. On Thursday, July 3, 2014, 120 employees of Xero received emails with pictures presenting TimeCamp’s team members holding boards emblazoned with personalized greetings to their new partners.

“It took us a lot of time and effort to take pictures and address them to each Xero worker. We didn’t earn a penny on this, but that was not our aim. We are very happy we did it. Nowadays, building friendly relations with business partners and clients is generally just an empty phrase,” says Dawid Jurand Szkielka, COO at TimeCamp. Dawid continues, “People still talk about the importance of human relations, but they keep communicating information regarding their products or services in such inhuman, materialistic ways. We literally want to be Xero’s mates, because together we create an excellent software integrated application that helps people run their business - and we believe this is provides significant value, not only in marketing but also in someone's life.”  

Click here to read and watch what Xero and TimeCamp campaign's looked like:


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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Investor Perspective on Small Business Financing

Show me the money! That's what you're thinking when you pursue investors for your business, right? "Step up and put your money where your mouth is." or "Put up or shut up." is what you secretly say in your mind when thinking about investors. Admit it.

When seeking funding from an investor, it's very important for you to see your business and its potential from the investor's perspective, essentially stepping into the investor's shoes. Why is this important? Taking the investor's perspective will help you really think of your business as a valuable asset separate from yourself and help you anticipate the questions and concerns an investor may have. Finally, this perspective can help you better prepare and package your company and, consequently, pull in more investment dollars.

 If you cannot return the money to me on a yearly basis and have no intention and strategy to get the company to a sale point in a few years where I could make multiples on my investment, then why would I invest. It's the same "what's in it for me" perspective that businesses must think of when crafting marketing material for prospective customers. An investor needs to know what she'll get out of it.


Your perspective changes depending on where you look from.
What do I mean by "small business financing from the other perspective"? This blog is dedicated to helping small business owners understand financing options and how to access those options as a vehicle to grow and strengthen your business. So "the other perspective" refers to those who would provide you or your business with financing. I think it's important to have a good grasp of what motivates those who may be interested in lending or investing in your business. With this knowledge you can target appropriately or, if rejected, adjust who you go after and what you provide them with, without taking the rejection personal.

Lenders and investors are very different, therefore I will discuss them separately. Look at past and future articles for more specifics regarding particular financing sources (i.e., differences between banks, commercial lenders, accounts receivable financing firms, merchant lenders, and more on the lending side and differences between angel investors, venture capitalists, strategic investors, private equity investors on the investing side).

Key for Lenders

What's key to seeking financing from lenders of all types are the following:
  1. Cash flow to support the pay back of the loan;
  2. Collateral for the lender to take if your company defaults; or
  3. Combination of the two.
In general, for lenders, the more cash your company generates and the longer the history of generating this cash, the lower the need for collateral. Think about it. If you were lending out $100,000 to a company for four years, what would make you feel reasonably comfortable that you would get your money back? A company that generated cash flow of $5,000 per month and so could easily cover the $2,500 monthly payment (I'm keeping it simple here!)? Or a company that had no idea what's its cash flow was? What about a company that barely generates $2,600 per month in cash but that provides you a two-page summary of how the funds you've loaned them will help them increase that cash flow to $6,000 per month over three years? Be honest.

What would make you comfortable lending?

Thoughts on Cash Flow

There are options for you, no matter your situation but you must be very clear on what you need, what you need the money for, and what financial position your company is in. Many small business owners confuse cash flow with net income. They are NOT the same. You can provide an income statement that shows that your company makes $5,000 in net income per month. But, if you created a cash flow statement, which the majority of small business owners do not, you would see that the cash flow may be negative.

This is why lenders typically ask for your aging - account receivables aging and account payables aging. They analyze how long it takes your customers to pay you and how long it takes you to pay your vendors and suppliers and compare it to your income statement to determine if your company has strong, positive cash flow or is really struggling. If you were lending to a company, wouldn’t you want to understand how that company would repay you? And wouldn’t you want to be sure that those were not empty promises but actually backed by cold, hard facts?



Thoughts on Collateral

Perhaps your company has high quality collateral, or needs funds to buy or lease high quality collateral. This is where asset-based lenders like equipment lenders or accounts receivable lenders come in. These companies often specialize in particular industries and understand that cash flow may be tight yet they believe in the quality of the collateral. This is not blind faith, mind you, but a receptiveness based on years of experience lending in certain industries against certain assets. Again, put yourself in the lenders' shoes.

Let's say someone in the construction industry approached you to purchase dump trucks and hydraulic lifts and you had significant knowledge of the construction industry. This knowledge includes the types of companies - financial strength, customer list, bonding capacity, etc. - that successfully repaid their equipment loans. Wouldn't you feel more comfortable lending to that company, as long as it met certain thresholds? Now what if a distribution company approached you to buy those same hydraulic lifts? How comfortable would you now feel?

Take This Perspective

If you do this analysis yourself (or, more likely, hire someone to do it), you can identify and find a lender that's a good fit for your situation. This process of putting yourself in the lender’s shoes will also help you identify areas for improvement so you can eventually expand your financing options.

In the next article I'll discuss investors.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Small Business Financing from the Other Perspective - Lenders


Your perspective changes depending on where you look from.
What do I mean by "small business financing from the other perspective"? This blog is dedicated to helping small business owners understand financing options and how to access those options as a vehicle to grow and strengthen your business. So "the other perspective" refers to those who would provide you or your business with financing. I think it's important to have a good grasp of what motivates those who may be interested in lending or investing in your business. With this knowledge you can target appropriately or, if rejected, adjust who you go after and what you provide them with, without taking the rejection personal.

Lenders and investors are very different, therefore I will discuss them separately. Look at past and future articles for more specifics regarding particular financing sources (i.e., differences between banks, commercial lenders, accounts receivable financing firms, merchant lenders, and more on the lending side and differences between angel investors, venture capitalists, strategic investors, private equity investors on the investing side).

Key for Lenders

What's key to seeking financing from lenders of all types are the following:
  1. Cash flow to support the pay back of the loan;
  2. Collateral for the lender to take if your company defaults; or
  3. Combination of the two.
In general, for lenders, the more cash your company generates and the longer the history of generating this cash, the lower the need for collateral. Think about it. If you were lending out $100,000 to a company for four years, what would make you feel reasonably comfortable that you would get your money back? A company that generated cash flow of $5,000 per month and so could easily cover the $2,500 monthly payment (I'm keeping it simple here!)? Or a company that had no idea what's its cash flow was? What about a company that barely generates $2,600 per month in cash but that provides you a two-page summary of how the funds you've loaned them will help them increase that cash flow to $6,000 per month over three years? Be honest.

What would make you comfortable lending?

Thoughts on Cash Flow

There are options for you, no matter your situation but you must be very clear on what you need, what you need the money for, and what financial position your company is in. Many small business owners confuse cash flow with net income. They are NOT the same. You can provide an income statement that shows that your company makes $5,000 in net income per month. But, if you created a cash flow statement, which the majority of small business owners do not, you would see that the cash flow may be negative.

This is why lenders typically ask for your aging - account receivables aging and account payables aging. They analyze how long it takes your customers to pay you and how long it takes you to pay your vendors and suppliers and compare it to your income statement to determine if your company has strong, positive cash flow or is really struggling. If you were lending to a company, wouldn’t you want to understand how that company would repay you? And wouldn’t you want to be sure that those were not empty promises but actually backed by cold, hard facts?



Thoughts on Collateral

Perhaps your company has high quality collateral, or needs funds to buy or lease high quality collateral. This is where asset-based lenders like equipment lenders or accounts receivable lenders come in. These companies often specialize in particular industries and understand that cash flow may be tight yet they believe in the quality of the collateral. This is not blind faith, mind you, but a receptiveness based on years of experience lending in certain industries against certain assets. Again, put yourself in the lenders' shoes.

Let's say someone in the construction industry approached you to purchase dump trucks and hydraulic lifts and you had significant knowledge of the construction industry. This knowledge includes the types of companies - financial strength, customer list, bonding capacity, etc. - that successfully repaid their equipment loans. Wouldn't you feel more comfortable lending to that company, as long as it met certain thresholds? Now what if a distribution company approached you to buy those same hydraulic lifts? How comfortable would you now feel?

Take This Perspective

If you do this analysis yourself (or, more likely, hire someone to do it), you can identify and find a lender that's a good fit for your situation. This process of putting yourself in the lender’s shoes will also help you identify areas for improvement so you can eventually expand your financing options.

In the next article I'll discuss investors.

http://theresourcefulceo.com/landing




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Thursday, June 5, 2014

3 Resources for New Small Business Owners

One of the issues that I often encounter is that small business owners are not aware of the plethora of resources that exist or, if they have some inkling that these resources are out there, are not sure where to look. So today's post is dedicated to providing you with information about and links to some of those resources.

SCORE website screen capture
SCORE's website.
SCORE - I have written about the Service Corps of Retired Executives, otherwise known as SCORE, before. SCORE is staffed by volunteers, primarily comprised of individuals who have retired from small business or corporate America who now want to continue helping others by providing advice inside and outside their area of expertise. You could get a SCORE retiree with a background in marketing, logistics, sales, finance, or accounting, for example. Admittedly, all SCORE offices are not created equally. Some offices have a number of volunteers with general business experience and/or entrepreneurial experience. Others are solely staffed by those with expertise in one area who are great if that is the area you need help in, but not helpful if it is not.

As with all of these resources, you get the most from your consultations if you have already thought about the questions you have - and written them down - before meeting with an executive.

Go to http://www.score.org/ for general information. You can type in your zip code to find the SCORE office closest to you.
 
SBA website screen capture.
The SBA's main website.
 SBA - The U.S. Small Business Administration, better known as the SBA, provides a significant number of classes, webinars, speakers, and other resources at its regional locations. I have both presented at and attended presentations at the SBA regional office in Atlanta. I will be conducting two crowdfunding webinars for the SBA's Southeast region (Atlanta) - one  in July and one in August. (The SBA's Southeast region is handling all the marketing and sign-up, so check their sites for information. Once the information is live, I'll provide a link.)

The SBA also has resources available at its general, nationwide site online but, in my estimation, this pales to what you can gain access to by focusing on what the SBA offers in your region. Actually, let me restate that. For general and specific information about a broad array of subjects, from SBA loans to SBICs (small business investment companies), the main SBA website has no competitors. But when you need marketing, finance, legal, and other information that will help you in your business and you are not sure what you need and when, that is when the regional office offerings trump the main site. 

The SBA's regional website for Region X.
The SBA's main website is http://www.sba.gov (surprise!). The 10 regions within the SBA and their regional websites are as follows:
  1. Region I: New England, http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/3/3070
  2. Region II: Atlantic, http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/3/3071;
  3. Region III: Mid-Atlantic, http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/3/3072;
  4. Region IV: Southeast, http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/3/3073;
  5. Region V: Great Lakes, http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/3/3074
  6. Region VI: South Central, http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/3/3075
  7. Region VII: Great Plains, http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/3/3076;
  8. Region VIII: Rocky Mountains, http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/3/3077;
  9. Region IX: Pacific, http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/3/3078; and 
  10. Region X: Pacific Northwest, http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/3/3079.

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"Chamber of commerce" Google search results in my area.
Local chamber of commerce - You may live in a major metropolitan area. If so, you may have a chamber of commerce that serves the metro area in addition to chambers that serve the surrounding counties. For example, the Atlanta area has the Greater Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce and, if you live in Gwinnett county, there's the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. The same applies to DeKalb County and others. There's also local chambers for many of the cities and towns in the area.

Chambers offer training, networking events, committees to deepen your interaction and connections, business opportunities, and much more. Check out your local chamber(s) to determine which one is a great fit for you. All of the larger ones have an online presence, and all have brochures you can come by and pick up. Some allow you to attend a session or event for free as an introduction to what they offer. Larger small businesses often benefit more from the metro area chambers.

To find local chambers, just do a Google search on "chamber of commerce". In the screen capture above, you can see chambers of commerce in the area around Tallmadge, Ohio, which is where I was when I did this search!

Are you utilizing all of your local resources to their fullest potential?As a small business owner, the connections you  make through these organizations – and the free or low-cost seminars that will educate you about issues that may until now have been foreign – are essential to your success.
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