Opening a business can be one of the most exciting times in an entrepreneur’s life, but also one of the scariest. With raising capital, establishing a business plan, and navigating regulatory waters, many entrepreneurs don’t know where to begin when starting a business. Luckily, the ISBDC provides free, one-on-one, confidential business consulting to help entrepreneurs through the process of starting and growing their own business.
During my final session of the day at the America’s Small Business Development Centers Conference, I was joined by new business advisors from across the county to discuss best practices and resources small business development centers offer to entrepreneurs in their communities. Below are three areas of expertise discussed in my session on how SBDC Business Advisors can help you start and grow your business.
Client Relationships Matter
SBDC business advisors want you to be successful in launching or growing you business. Through one-on-one business consulting, your business advisor will sit down with you to find the best practices methods tailored for your business. There are no “cookie cutter” answers when it comes to advising clients, each relationship is unique.
Back to School
When opening your own business, there will be homework. Fortunately, you will not be the only one taking books home over the weekend. Business advisors will assign themselves homework in regards to your business that will be due at your next week.
Comprehensive Network of Resources
Business advisors are trained and equipped with some of the most sophisticated business resources available. Partnerships developed with service providers allow the ISBDC to access the same information large corporation’s use when making strategic business decisions. Since the ISBDC is a non-profit organization, information provided to clients is often free or at a fraction of market price.
Many of our ISBDC Business Advisors have academic, as well as personal experience starting and growing small businesses. Every month, hundreds of entrepreneurs visit ISBDC offices for small business consulting. To start working with the ISBDC, take one of our online assessment found here.