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Partnership Offers Resources For Small Businesses

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 5/31/2011

The founder of AOL has begun an initiative to provide unprecedented resources for small business owners on state and national levels.

A partnership between AOL founder Steve Case and The Kauffman Foundation has made waves in small business news, as it aims to raise the entrepreneurial game to the next level.

Partnership Offers Small Business Resources

The Startup America Partnership is a free membership program that gives small business owners access to tools relevant to their business size and its stage of development, The Street reports.

"One thing I was surprised at when I began this job was the startling lack of organized resources for entrepreneurs," Scott Case, Startup America CEO, tells the news source.

Larger corporations such as HP and Intuit have already signed on to offer members discounted hardware and software, while Cisco plans to provide training through its Entrepreneur Institute. Additionally, past winners of Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year will be available to act as mentors and offer advice.

Small Business Trends reports that a network of state-based organizations are also on the horizon. Startup Illinois is the first state-run subsidiary of the program and plans to deliver strategic resources to local owners that will strengthen the state's entrepreneurial ecosystem. The initiative has already assembled commitments from a wide range of Illinois-based companies and organizations to provide assistance to entrepreneurs with capital, services, talent and expertise. 

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