I cover this extensively in my book, but the two big resources for most people that have the most locations are the SBDC and SCORE. Some places have really good WBC exclusively to help women in business. If you have a WBC close by and you are a woman, then use it. If you are a veteran, there is the VBOC to maybe give you additional help. Do not limit yourself, but try them all to find the help and assistance you need.
All the websites below is full of resources, business plan outlines, many business templates, and tons of advice too. Use these resources.
Locate a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) near you:
Locate a SCORE Location:
Locate Women’s Business Center (WBC):
For locations and more info on Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC):
I plan to look for other resources as I find them I will post them her to be of as much help as possible. I ask if anyone runs across any resources they find helpful to let me know.
The Biggest Free Resource (Mini Case Studies) My Blog
I feel one of the best free resources you have are the stories I have collected. Almost every story I have I have personally interviewed the people and still have contact with them. Every one of these stories is what I call mini case studies. The case study method is used at the Harvard Business School, Wharton and many of the major business schools.
Read them all, even if you do not think it is an area of interest to you. Every story has lessons to learn, how to raise money, how to market, how to get advice and it is all from a real live person that did it in a real live situation. Most of my posts are stories of people who have made a million dollars with a tried-and-true business, or are in the process. These are regular people that may only be a year ahead of you, or may have just hit their first million in the bank after 5-6 years. As you read the stories, stop and think about how you could use what they have learned or tried.
“Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.”
–Thomas A. Edison
Do not be afraid to pick the phone up and call anyone who might help you. Do not be afraid to look anyone up on LinkedIn and email them directly. Action will kill fears….start taking actions to make your first $1,000,000.
The Starting Point
I talk to many strangers, everywhere, all the time. I love to ask people about their attitudes and their dreams. How people feel about wealth and what they are doing about it. All of these stories are inspirational, because they show you where you may be, and how to get started. (more…)
Grinding Out $1,000,000 Part II
Part I Summary
In Part I you met Gary, struggling to make his business work. Then he got married and his wife proved to be the best business partner he could ever have. They slowly grew the company and saved their money. They became millionaires by grinding out $1,000,000 almost one dollar at a time. (click here to see Part I) (more…)