Here are some interesting business websites and resources we've come across. If you know a good one that's not here, please let us know through the Contact Us form. We'll check it out & add it next time we update this page.
- All Business
This website offers a ton of information on everything for starting, maintaining and growing a small business.
Check out the free Download Center, which includes hundreds of free customizable business templates, presentations, training guides, quick-reference checklists, legal documents and business forms. Registration is required to download, but it's quick & free to sign up.
- Entrepreneur magazine
The magazine's extensive Small Business Resources section includes startup basics, success stories and more than 100 sample business plans. Be sure to check out the "Ask an Expert" link, which offers a ton of advice. Don't see what you need? You can post your question online.
- Inc. magazine
The website for Inc. magazine offers plenty of advice and toolds for entrepreneurs and seasoned business owners. Information and advice covers all business aspects including marketing, sales, finding capital, managing people and more.
- Free QR Code Generator
Create your own custom QR code in seconds.
- Printing Services
LocalShops1's printing division, I Print Local, offers top quality and low prices for business cards, banners, brochures and more. LocalShops1 business, artist and nonprofit members always get an additional 20 percent off. Email us at email@example.com for more information.
Resources for businesses
- Florida Division of Corporations
Here is the state's website for getting your business started. Here you can file for corporation, apply for trademarks, sign up fictitious name and more. You can also search records and file payments online.
- Guide to Financing Options
In the world of finance there are many different options available to businesses of all sizes and types. This explains the most popular ones: Bank Loan, Lease Financing, Supplier Credit, Factor Business Debts, SBA Loans, Government Grants, Stock, Bonds, Merchant Cash Advance, Secured Working Capital Loan, Unsecured Working Capital Loan, Start Up, Short-term Loans, Long-term Loans, Revolving Check Credit, Professional Loans, Micro-Loans, Franchise Loans
Debt Financing, Business Acquisition Loans
SCORE offers mentoring to help entrepreneurs and small business owners start, grow and succeed.
SCORE, founded in 1964 and based near Washington, D.C., has 364 chapters and more than 13,000 volunteer mentors nationwide. Appointments are in person, confidential; free and one-on-one.
In addition, dozens of online seminars are available, covering topics such as marketing your business and managing your finances. And many counselors are available for online Q&As.
- Small Business Development Center — USF
The Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida provides training and consulting to help start-ups and small businesses. Online resources and physical locations throughout the region.
• Free one-on-one business counseling
• Free entrepreneurial training workshops
• Low-cost entrepreneurial training seminars
• The Business Resource Center
• Custom corporate training
- St. Petersburg Business Assistance Center
The BAC provides business counseling, training and access to capital and credit for startups as well as established businesses seeking growth or specialized assistance.
For more information call 727-893-7146 or visit the center in the City Hall Annex, 440 Second Ave. N., St. Pete.
- Startup Nation
This free service was founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.
The website offers:
* Step-by-step advice
* Helpful articles
* Small business & entrepreneur forums
* Local, interest and professional groups
* Member-to-member Networking
* Expert Blogs
- U.S. Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration provides support to small businesse with what it calls the '3 Cs":
* Capital: SBA works with about 5,000 banks to provide loans to deserving small businesses.
* Contracts: SBA works to ensure that 23% of federal contract dollars go to small businesses.
* Counseling: 14,000 SBA-affiliated counselors provide guidance.
This website has information on starting and managing a business. Topics include loans & grants, online & real-life counseling and more.
- Virtual Entrepreneur Center
The Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center is a web portal designed to provide a robust and easy-to-use resource for local entrepreneurs to find information and services to support their new or growing business.