Small Business Resources Online  

Question: Where can I go online to get some help in starting a small business?

Answer: There are a number of sources you can easily access:

www.sba.gov The Small Business Administration. The SBA works with private lenders and community development corporations through a network of offices throughout the country to guarantee loans. The SBA also offers low-interest loans to assist in disaster recovery. Start with the SBA site to learn about their loan options: 7(a) and 504.

www.sba.gov/small-business-development-centers-sbdcs SBDCs offer one-stop technical services to entrepreneurs. The centers are collaborative with the SBA, private sector, and government.

http://www.seedcorp.com/ South Eastern Economic Development Corporation. A top small business lender in MA and RI. A nonprofit that focuses on job creation by financing all types of businesses in MA and RI. SEE makes loans from $1,000 to $5.5 million SBA 504 loans.

www.sba.gov/content/womens-business-centers Women’s Business Centers. Nearly 100 educational centers are offering assistance (training and counseling) to women entrepreneurs including helping to gain access to capital.

www.capecod.score.org SCORE a nonprofit SBA partner who offers free and confidential mentoring (advice and counsel) online or in person via a network of chapters. Volunteer business mentors/coaches can help in assessing an idea, writing a business plan and locate funding.

www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/how-to Bizjournals. Find practical advice for entrepreneurs on topics ranging from how to market your product and the use of social media tools to locating the right funding for your product/service and hiring smart.

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