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: 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. SBDCs offer one-stop technical services to entrepreneurs. The centers are collaborative with the SBA, private sector, and government. 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. Women’s Business Centers. Nearly 100 educational centers are offering assistance (training and counseling) to women entrepreneurs including helping to gain access to capital. 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. 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.  Consumer Affairs is a great resource for small business owners learn more about patents, compare the different patent services, and read verified reviews to help them choose a service they can trust.

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