If you are thinking about starting a small business, then chances are you are going to need some outside advice, training, and other various forms of support along the way to get your venture up and running. Luckily, there are many, many organizations and individuals you can turn to in order to get the support you need, and the best part is it’s all for free. The majority of these organizations are non-profits or government-run initiatives, while the individuals are typically retired professionals who are committed to volunteering their time and expertice to help small business owners run successful ventures.
So, you may be wondering how to locate all of these free resouces. I recently stumbled on a great site that allows visitors to search an extensive directory of business mentors as well as government and nonprofit small business assistance organizations on a local, regional and national scale. The site, Buzgate.org, is a public service intiative that allows you to search for all these resources by location and type of assistance needed. It’s definitely worth a look.