It was reported this month that Wells Fargo has launched a program that aims to lend $100 billion to small businesses by 2018 in an effort to help budding entrepreneurs grow their business.
The resource is a strong initiative that was unveiled at the first-ever South Asian Young Women Entrepreneurs conference in New York City.
That’s just one of many examples of resources available to small business owners. Some have money attached to it, while others offer genuine advice that can help you make critical decisions in your day-to-day operations.
Here are a few resources that you should use to help your small business grow.
Xero Small Business Guides
The web-based accounting software Xero has been making its way into many small businesses around the globe and have learned a few things along the way. The company is now really dedicated to offering some helpful small business guides that aim to give you tips, tricks and accounting essentials that can make your business succeed.
The guides include topics from how to hire the right person and build the right team, to how to manage your business’ debt and when you should hire an accountant.
The best part about Xero’s guides is that they are easy to consume. You can spend anywhere from three to 10 minutes — and Xero indicates how long it should take you to read the guides — reading some essential information.
And it’s not just text. Xero makes their guides extremely interactive, with many of them including quizzes and polls at the end.
Want to take the boring out of bookkeeping? Or get your accounting team on a really attractive piece of software? It’s time to check out small business guides by Xero.
Small Business Administration
The U.S. government’s Small Business Administration is a go-to resource for help on how to make your business flourish.
It can get a little tricky because its site is so big, but the SBA’s resources include loans and grants, tips and tricks on starting and managing your business and how to hire the right contractors.
The administration was started in 1953 as an agency to assist with small business concerns and to preserve free, competitive enterprise. As it has grown, more local offices have popped up, giving small business owners quicker access to solid resources.
The SBA can help your business with export assistance, disaster recovery general development and more.
If you’re looking to kill 15 minutes out of the day, check out Entreprenuer.com’s small business resource center. It’s packed with blog posts that answer the questions you’ve been asking for months.
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