Have You Heard of These Solopreneur Resources?

Have You Heard of These Solopreneur ResourcesYou’ve likely heard that more than half of new small businesses don’t make it past the first five years. It’s a startling truth for many entrepreneurs, but it doesn’t have to be your reality. There are many ways to grow your business without being part of that statistic, and plenty of solopreneur resources.

Many business owners don’t know about the free or low-cost resources available to help them succeed. Whether you want to grow fast or slow, you have lots of support.

Sustaining a small business means keeping certain priorities top of mind like cash flow, your target market’s wants and needs, expanding your team, and having a realistic growth strategy.

I want to make sure every business owner has the support they need to be successful. The following resources have been excerpted from an article on the SCORE website. Some of these resources are appropriate if you’re just starting out, and some are appropriate if you want to expand your business. In addition, some of these are especially for women, or Afro-Americans.

(You can keep this list handy by downloading it as a PDF below.) 

SCORE Resources for Starting a Business

Amazon Small Business Academy
The Amazon Small Business Academy is an online training platform for early-stage entrepreneurs and small business owners who want to start, grow, or scale their businesses online. 

This academy is perfect for entrepreneurs ready to take their business to the next level. You get free resources, interactive webinars, and access to a community of entrepreneurs.

There is no cost to join. Access the resources for free online.  You can also register for SCORE’s free live or recorded workshops to learn more about how to sell on Amazon.

 

U.S. Black Chamber’s Advancing Black Entrepreneurs Program
This program by the U.S. Black Chamber provides resources, networking, and support for small business owners across the United States.

It’s designed for Black entrepreneurs who want business consulting and capital. Your participation gives you access to a network focused on empowerment, growth, and advocacy.

Membership fees may apply. Learn more about how the US Black Chamber’s Advancing Black Entrepreneurs program can help you.

 

Small Business Grants and Funding Opportunities

Hello Alice Small Business Grants
This platform is great for business owners needing guidance and support to grow their businesses in a sustainable way. You get a Business Health Score assessment, access to capital, and grant opportunities.

Small business owners can also find funding opportunities, resources, and support.

There is no fee to apply for grants. Discover how a small business grant can help you.

 

Grants.gov
If you’re looking for federal grants to support growth, research, development and more, visit grants.gov.

This database is great for businesses wanting to learn more about federal grant opportunities. Grants.gov provides you with grant writing tips, a learning center, and a variety of grant programs.

There is no fee to apply. Explore grants today.

FDIC Money Smart for Small Businesses
This financial education program helps small business owners improve their financial education.

You’re an ideal candidate for this program if you’re an aspiring or existing entrepreneur who needs support to start or manage your business. You get online courses and resources to improve financial literacy and decision-making skills.

There is no cost to take part. Access the online courses for free.

iFundWomen Grants & Programs
This coaching and funding platform offers women entrepreneurs grants from crowdfunding and corporate partners, like Visa, American Express, Adidas and more.

This resource is designed specifically for women-owned businesses to take their skills to the next level. You get access to grant applications, a community of supporters, potential investors, and resources.

There is no fee to apply for grants. Coaching and resources are available for a monthly or annual fee. Explore grants and get personalized coaching.

 

Small Business Support Organizations

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
SBDCs are a nationwide network of centers offering counseling, training, and resources to small businesses across the U.S.

The SBDC is a good fit for entrepreneurs starting or growing their businesses in a sustainable way. You get access to capital and guidance on business planning, operations, financial management and more.

Resources are free or low-cost. Find your local SBDC today.

 

Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
This platform is perfect for business owners needing mentorship, training, and community. You get a global network of mentors, free classes, and access to a community of business leaders. You can also access educational resources and events to help you grow and scale your business.

There are both free and paid programs. Discover upcoming events and programs.

 

Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC)
A women-led community space with free training, counseling, and resources.

This is a great resource for women-owned businesses ready to start or grow their operations. You get access to business development resources, workshops, one-on-one support, and networking opportunities.

Programs are free or low-cost. Learn more on the WBDC website.

 

SCORE Mentoring, Workshops, Business Roundtables, Online Resources
At SCORE, we offer online and in-person mentoring and education to small business owners across the United States.

This is an ideal fit for entrepreneurs running, growing, selling, or exiting their businesses. SCORE is also an excellent resource for aspiring entrepreneurs and startups ready to move their businesses forward. You get access to workshops and practical insights from experienced business owners.

There is no fee to join. Connect with a mentor in your area today.

Where will you start? 

There are many paths to growing and improving your business, so take advantage of one or all of the resources above. 

With the right support, you can make it far beyond the five-year mark. You don’t need to figure it all out alone — the programs and organizations listed here are committed to your ongoing success.

Share this list with a fellow business owner and help them thrive on their journey, too!

Download this list HERE.