It's not difficult to find people who are willing to offer small business advice.
But finding experienced entrepreneurs who offer the kind of small business advice that makes a difference in today's economy … that's a different story.
Your business is too important to put in the hands of unqualified advisors. You can't afford to wait for the right piece of advice to wander along. Instead, you need to take a proactive approach to seeking solid entrepreneurial guidance. Here are the places you should be looking:
SCORE is a nonprofit association that is dedicated to assisting America's small business community. One of the organization's primary focuses is to connect successful small business owners with entrepreneurs and/or the owners of start up small businesses. Although the "experts" you encounter at SCORE may not grace the covers of your favorite business journals, they are dedicated volunteers who offer invaluable counsel rooted in real-world expertise.
SBDC (Small Business Development Centers) are one-stop centers for small business resources. Since SBDCs are collaborative partnerships that feature the combined efforts of the private sector, the academic community, and the government, small business owners benefit from the expertise of both Main Street and the Ivory Tower.
At Gaebler.com, we are acutely aware of the importance of websites that serve entrepreneurs and small businesses. With over 30,000 visitors a day, our website (and others) gives the small business community access to articles and insights that have been birthed in the real world experiences of successful business professionals.
Blogs are a great way to stay on top of what's new in the small business arena. Guy Kawasaki's Alltop.com offers a wide selection of blog menus on every topic under the sun. At Alltop, blogs are listed according to their popularity, and the most popular small business blogs are usually the ones featuring the most sought after entrepreneurial experts.
Twitter offers links and business advice from some of the nation's leading small-business experts in short bursts of 140 characters or less. Although you probably won't learn all the secrets of small business directly from Twitter, you will stay current with today's experts and get connected with the most up-to-date small business resources.