For the past year, it’s been clear that business and entrepreneurship have evolved to becoming more digital and accessible. With that has come new ways and resources to access information for business growth and scale. From funding to software, the tools are at our fingertips to reach new levels of success in the expansion. Not sure where to start? We’ve compiled some of the top resources in 2021 to help grow your business.
An incredibly valuable benefit of any resource in today’s business environment is virtual, personalized coaching. SCORE, a nonprofit resource founded in 1964 by the U.S. Small Business Administration has more than 10,000 business experts and funding from the government. SCORE provides free mentoring programs and workshops at more than 250 locations across the country. Whether your preference is in person or online, you can request a business mentor to help start growing your business: www.score.org/find-mentor. You can also ask score to match you with a mentor.
The Starting Idea
Startup Growth Magazine’s blog, The Starting Idea, has an extensive library of free, online resources to help you skyrocket your startup or blog. As seen in Business Insider, Inc. Magazine, Influencive, and more, this blog offers actionable info for personal branding, a “growth toolbox”, and marketing and productivity guides. If you need more apps and software than advice, they’ve combined over 450 free business tools to help you in a wide range of areas.
Startup Grind Global Conference
Passionate entrepreneurs everywhere need to add this premier, now 100% virtual conference to their agendas. Startup Grind will be held February 22-25, 2021, joining tech startups around the world in conversation, thought leadership, workshops, and collaboration. The “choose-what-you-pay” model for attendance (with a pay $0 option) now makes the conference more accessible than ever. The iconic lineup of speakers is the icing on the cake.
Small Business Development Centers
America’s SBDC is the most comprehensive resource for small businesses in the U.S. and surrounding territories. Like SCORE, SBDCs are in part funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, along with leading universities, state development agencies and private partners. Small and aspiring business owners can receive free business training to start and grow your business.
Is your business women-owned? SMB Compass provides a comprehensive guide to grants for women in business. According to the site, studies show that female entrepreneurs find it more challenging to secure funding compared to male business owners. These grants help women reach their business goals and minimize any debt they may incur. Conveniently, SMB Compass combined a list of grant resources encompassing both private and government-funded grants. They’ve also provided in-depth information on each grant and info on how to start your searching process.
Ready to hit the books and learn more about your craft? Coursera is a free, online platform with access to courses, certificates and degrees from universities and companies around the world. Founded by Stanford professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, the platform partners with universities and companies globally, including Google, Duke University, and IBM to deliver over 3,800 courses in a variety of topics.
The right resource is out there for you
Your secret to success is just that – yours. While this list is very helpful, it’s not the end-all-be-all, and you should be continually seeking what works for your success. If you add to your resources, make sure to share them with other entrepreneurs like yourself.