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Office of Small Business Development Centers | About US

The U. S Small Business Administration (SBA) administers the Small Business Development Center Program to provide management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. SBDCs offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by providing a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations. The program is a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community and federal, state and local governments. It enhances economic development by providing small businesses with management and technical assistance.

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7 Ways to Attract Customers to Your Small Business » Succeed As Your Own Boss

Feel free to share. . . When it comes to doing business these days, the deal is – no one wants to be sold to. You must give consistently to eventually get business, especially if you are a professional service business. Here are my 7 ways to attract customers to a small business It’s all about service. You must first try to be helpful when building relationships with prospective clients. It’s all about providing valuable content, engaging people to build a relationship, being a good listener and making sure you are a trusted resource before you attempt to sell anything.

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Best Local Shops To Visit On Small Business Saturday In Atlanta

November 5, 2013 7:00 AM Atlanta is known for its fleet of spacious shopping malls, including several high-end discount outlet malls. However, this year you may want to avoid the mania of Black Friday at these crowded venues and opt to shop Small Business Saturday instead. Best of all, if you pre-register an American Express card online, the company will give you a $25 credit if you purchase over $25 at a small business on Saturday, November 30. A complete listing of the participating businesses will be available as of November 21, but we have chosen a few to get you started.

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Using Excel for Bookkeeping

by Filonia LeChat Every organization’s “books” are as different as the people who run the company, but Excel helps make the process of setting up a general bookkeeping spreadsheet smoother. Even if you’re not yet familiar with working in Excel, you’ll recognize the tabs and ribbons from other Microsoft Office programs such as Word and Visio. To set up your first basic spreadsheet, click into a cell on the grid and type into it. In most cases, you’ll have a row of headers going across the top and a column of headers running down the left side. You may want to make one spreadsheet that covers your accounts payable, receivable, investments, property, inventory, salaries and other things to track all in one, or devote a separate sheet for each.

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Learn the steps required to obtain a business license in West Virginia.

Looking to start a small business in West Virginia? You may need to obtain one or more state licenses or permits, or complete one or more kinds of state registration, as part of the start-up process. Here’s a quick look at some of the main informational resources available and a few of the steps you may need to take. West Virginia Small Business Information The Business For West Virginia website, at business4wv. com, is run by the state government and is a central location for all sorts of business information. At a minimum, it’s worth checking the following sections on the site: Start a New Business Get Startup Help Find Financial Assistance, and Learn Employer Duties (if you’ll have employees).

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Telstra - Small Business - Website & eCommerce

Reach customers and sell directlyReach customersYour customers are looking online, you need to have information about your products and services available 24x7, even if your business is closed for the day. CredibilityYour online presence represents the brand and service your business provides.   A lack of presence or poor experience may turn customers away. MarketingYour website allows you to promote your business, products and services.   Use your site to grow your business with targeted offers and marketing. Sell directlyAn online presence allows you to cut out the middle man.

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Job: Financial Advisor, Small Business

CIBC is a leading Canadian-based global financial institution. Through our three major businesses – Retail and Business Banking, Wealth Management and Wholesale Banking – we provide a full range of financial products and services to 11 million individual, small business, commercial, corporate and institutional clients in Canada and around the world. We invest in our businesses, our clients, our people and our communities to deliver consistent and sustainable earnings to our shareholders. To learn more about CIBC's Lines of Business, please visit our website.

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Office 365 Review: Is It Good for Small Business

Office is Microsoft’s most popular service. Office 365 is the latest subscription service by Microsoft, bringing cloud capabilities, email, and web applications to the Office suite. Is it worth it to upgrade? Read on to find out. Features of Office 365 Office 365 is a bundle of products and services from Microsoft, and is offered in different plans for small business, some of the main features are the following: Cloud Backup: All documents created within the Office 365 ecosystem are automatically backed up to Microsoft’s cloud services. These documents can be accessed by simply going to Office.

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4 Marketing Tips for Small Business Owners in 2017

Being a small business owner is not always easy, especially when you constantly need to stay up to date on all the new trends, strategies and algorithm updates in marketing. How can you continue to ensure that your business operations are running smoothly, while also growing your audience and customer base? It's hard. Here are four marketing tips that can help you ensure that 2017 doesn't throw any curve-balls your way. 1) Invest in SEO As a small business owner in the digital age, whether you run an ecommerce business on Shopify, or whether you have a brick and mortar business, SEO is an absolute must.

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5 ways small businesses can use help desk software

Businesses, no matter their size, run on technology. And that means that the continued availability of IT services is very important to business operations – from the employee, customer, and company perspective. But, what happens when technology (inevitably) fails? In larger organizations, an employee would contact the IT help desk to report an issue, and monitoring tools would raise alerts if something goes wrong. The help desk team then follows IT service management (ITSM) best practices to log, prioritize, investigate, and resolve the issue.

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