If your small business relies at all on the weather–catering, ski resort, event planning, landscaping, outdoor work, house painting, etc.–you need to stay on top of the weather. Some of the most accurate forecasts for every community in the U.S. come from this government organization. Check out www.weather.gov.
The State of South Carolina will host the 5th Annual Southeastern U.S. – Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) trade conference in Myrtle Beach May 20-22. More than 300 Canadian and U.S. business and government leaders will connect at the Marriott Resort and Spa at Grand Dunes to promote trade and investment opportunities. SEUS-CP is a formal, [...]
You can get credit counseling from the nonprofit organization the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies. Contact them to find a group in your area that can help you manage and get out of debt. Visit www.aiccca.org.
This national bipartisan public policy organization advocates for and on behalf of women-owned businesses and educates women business owners on economic policy and current legislative initiatives that impact business health and growth.
Count Me In helps foster women’s economic independence by providing loans, education and consulting. The online microlender makes loans from $500 to $10,000 available to women in the U.S. who have no access to that first all-important starter money. Visit www.countmein.org to learn more. Nell Merlino is the founder.
You can find useful resources and several online financial calculators to help you learn and understand more about the money you make and how to keep it. Visit www.MyMoney.gov.
You can get a look at your future social security benefits by visiting www.ssa.gov. The site will help you plan your retirement. You should also be receiving a statement every year around your birthday with a printout of these calculations.
Can’t afford to open space in your own outside facility? Consider piggybacking. You find a suitable business–either non-competitive or one that complements what you do–and rent space in their studio, store or workspace. Even the corporate giants are doing it with relationships between Baskin Robbins ice cream and Dunkin’ Donuts.
This group connects corporate American with minority-owned businesses The NMSDC provides new business opportunities for growth to minority companies of any size. Visit wwwnmsdc.org to learn or about how this group can help your small biz grow and prosper.
You don’t need any business experience to start a direct sales or multi-level marketing business. Currently, there are more than 14 million people in the U.S. alone involved in direct sales both full-time and part-time. The industry generates approximately $31 billion in annual sales. Well-known companies include Avon, The Pampered Chef, Discovery Toys, Tupperware and [...]
You are guaranteed the right to receive a free credit report once each year from each of the major credit reporting agencies: Here’s how to contact them: Equifax: www.equifax.com, 800.685.1111 Experian: www.experian.com, 888.397.3742. TransUnion: www.transunion.com, 800.888.4213
Here are a few “evergreen” target markets you might want to consider. They all share the common denominator of doing well in any economy at both retail and wholesale levels. From time to time we’ll post other recession-proof opportunities but let’s start the small business empire rolling with the following considerations: Weddings, Funeral Arrangements, Medical [...]