Crowdfunding is a process that’s used to fund a small business by selling small amounts of equity to many investors. The practice is specifically mentioned in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS) Act of 2012 and intended to encourage funding of U.S. small businesses.
Before American Express® declared the Saturday after Thanksgiving to be Small Business Saturday® urging holiday shoppers to patronize local small businesses, there was National Mom and Pop Business Day (now known as Mom and Pop Business Owners Day) celebrated every year on March 29th since 1997.
Are your customers happy with the products and services your small business provides? How can you tell? One way is to conduct a customer satisfaction survey in person, over the phone, via email or the Internet.
Every small business needs a business plan to get off the ground. Moving forward without one is akin to starting off on a cross-country road trip without a roadmap or GPS to guide you. Fortunately, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers a plethora of resources to set you on the right path to creating your business plan.
Looking for input in establishing your own small business? Got a business idea that you’d like to run by some experts to see if it’s as great as you think it is? Need help refining your business plan? If you’ve got a couple days to spare and a little money to invest, attending a Startup Weekend could be the answer.