Lets face it. There are thousands of websites vying for the attention of small business owners these days. These websites may offer things like newsletters, training packages and marketing techniques, but many great sites can be overlooked simply due to the sheer volume of content available. These five websites, some new and others established, offer the essential tools and networking opportunities that small business owners need to succeed.
1. Small Business Bonfire
Small Business Bonfire is a community of small business owners who gather virtually to discuss business issues and network with fellow business owners. The site, which recently migrated to a new platform, provides members with a social networking platform where users can connect with each other VIA their pages, chatting, in forums, or in groups. In addition, users can access business tools, newsletters, blogs and a virtual library. Membership at SBB is growing daily. This is a site not to be missed!
Entrepreneur, which started and still exists in magazine format, is a website packed with resources for small business owners. It covers such topics as start-ups, money, marketing, etc. It offers articles and blogs on practically every business related idea, including software and apps, social media and finding prospects. They also offer special reports, a magazine subscription, and several hundred published books.
3. U.S. Small Business Administration
If you’re in the U.S., the SBA is a critical resource for finding answers related to creating and growing a business. Looking for a business loan? Check out SBA Loan programs. Have questions about taxes? Don’t forget to look through the online fact sheets. The SBA also provides online training on such topics as starting a business, contracting, and managing a business.
Score is an organization that provides personal mentoring to small business owners. Local chapters can match you with a mentor that will assist you in building the best business possible. Score also provides local and online workshops, as well as templates and tools to help your company move forward.
Linkedin might be a well known site, but it should not be overlooked as a valuable networking tool for small business owners. It is the largest professional network in the world, allowing users to connect with colleagues, join industry groups, follow companies, and search for job opportunities. With over 135 Million members, it has the potential to help you find an entirely new base of clients.