Trying to find internet resources to help you on your entrepreneurial journey? Forbes has searched high and low to bring you the top 100 list of Best Websites for Entrepreneurs. Save yourself some much needed time and check out the list here.
Latest polls suggest that the global economy continues to recover. Kiplinger’s Economic Outlooks suggest that gains in business and consumer confidence in the coming year will help to strengthen economic growth by 2.6%. November’s 203,000 job gains also point to stronger growth.
Top 3 Workforce Predictions for 2014 suggest that self-employment and becoming a free-agent where you BYOW (bring your own work) to a project-based business need will also increase.
Are You Ready?
Whether you are already in business, thinking about becoming self-employed or a free agent, below are 6 Tips for Building Your Business Revenues in the New Year:
- Virtual Business Mentoring Sources: Connect with confidential and experienced business mentors including SCORE, SBDCs, women’s business centers and MicroMentor using a state-specific, Business Planning and Development Platform.
- Business Assistance Programs: Discover multiple nonprofit online Resource & Referral Communities tailored to Veterans, Small Businesses, Women, Youth and Minorities.
- Alternative Funding Tools & Expertise: Consider innovative ways to raise working capital such as Merchant Advances, Supplier Credit, A/R Financing and Crowd Financing. Connect with Financial Management Expertise on a part-time or on-demand basis.
- Keep Overhead Costs Low: Outsourced services and virtual office solutions continue to expand offerings in ways that provide cost savings and productivity enhancements.
- Cloud-Based Applications: New small business apps promise improved efficiencies in multiple arenas such as bookkeeping, expense control, CRM & project management.
- Network, Network, Network: The old adage remains true today; It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Learn who offers no-cost small business assistance in your area.
For other valuable tips and tools to start, grow and succeed in business, AskBUZ.
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This Small Business News Brief was sponsored by the following Educational Sponsors:
- Insureon Small Business Institute; resources for micro- and small businesses
- Spending and expense control solutions by ExpenseWatch.com
- Quality mail fulfillment services, marketing and related business print materials by PrintPlace.com
- CloudVO, Virtual offices, meeting facilities and administrative services
- Swift Capital, Working capital through Merchant Cash Advance
- The CFO Connection, part-time CFO expertise on demand
- QuickBooks, accounting software solutions and more
- Insightly, CRM and Project Management Software for small business
- Delta Dental, employer, individual and family dental plans with options
Proposal Kit, contracts, proposals, sales and related templates
Made in America – easy to say, hard to do. Or, maybe not. A new website has been set up to assist businesses with ideas or new products in need of development and manufacturing. Consider it small business seeking small businesses.
Services range from turning a sketch into formal drawings, to sourcing materials and creating prototypes, to full production. Check out the website at MakersRow.
There are several networking opportunities in the Dayton area for small business owners to take part in. While we don’t endorse any one of these events, don’t be surprised if you show up and see an SBDC counselor in the crowd. If you do, be sure to stop us and say hello! (Have a networking event you would like to add? Send it to us.)
If you are the proud owner of a food based small business, Synergy Kitchen, Dayton’s non-profit food business incubator, is here to help! Food entrepreneurs and established food businesses are encouraged to utilize this local resource, which includes a 10,000 square foot state-of-the-art certified commercial kitchen, packaging facility and various support services, to help grow their businesses. Synergy Kitchen can accommodate up to 20 different food service owners, all working at the same time, and is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. The packaging facility features hand assembled packaging rather than machine, creating jobs in downtown Dayton.
Please check out www.synergyincubators.com for more information.