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Successful entrepreneurs know how to leverage the strengths of others to help them achieve their goal. Do you know what resources are available to you?

In this session, we’ll share some resources that you might want to explore. We encourage you to take a close look at the agencies and programs in your area.

Introduction

Your entrepreneurship journey probably won’t be an easy one. There are a lot of things to consider and a lot of things to learn. Luckily, there are many resources out there that can help you get started. What you will find will largely depend on your geographical area and industry, but here are some general ideas.

Friends and Family

First, gather the support of your friends and family. You will need their encouragement during your journey. As well, you may find some unexpected hands-on help in your circle of friends. Remember that word of mouth is one of the most effective tools for generating buzz about your new business.

Books, Magazines, Industry Publications, and Social Media

There are many magazines and books dedicated to entrepreneurship, so check them out! You may also want to join appropriate groups on social media to get some more ideas.

Remember to take information that you read with a grain of salt. If you’re trying to find information on writing a business plan, for example, you’ll hear that business plans are no good, a one-page business plan will do, and every business needs a full 100-page plan. What’s the truth? It all depends on what you’re trying to do.

Training

This course is an excellent start to your entrepreneurial journey, but don’t let the learning stop here. More courses may be a good idea (depending on your business). As well, consider free webinars, lunch and learns, and networking events. Information is power!

Mentors, Coaches, and Consultants

Charlie “Tremendous” Jones once said, “Mentors tend not to show up unless you ask them.” Find someone who is experienced (preferably in your geographical area and industry) and has had both successes and failures. Ask them to guide you and they will probably say yes. After all, entrepreneurs like risks and challenges, and what is more exciting than a brand new business?

As well, there are many professional coaches and consultants out there for entrepreneurs. If you’re struggling with your journey, you may want to seek professional help.

Government Organizations

Most governments have agencies dedicated to helping small businesses succeed. Contact each level of government in your area and see what they have to offer.

Chamber of Commerce

Your local chamber of commerce can also be an excellent resource. They may offer support programs, training, mentors, and financial assistance. Even if your chamber of commerce does not have small business programs in place, it can be a great way to network and meet businesspeople in your area.

Business Groups

Networking groups, public speaking associations, mastermind groups, and industry-specific associations can all be an excellent resource in getting your business established and spreading the word about what you’re doing. Getting your foot in the door early is important.

Special Programs

Large businesses sometimes offer assistance to startup companies, such as resources, information, or money. Local entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial organizations may be able to help you identify these opportunities.

What other resources can you think of?