May 16-20 is National Small Business Week, and several organizations are providing materials, events and other tools to help small businesses.
The U.S. Small Business Administration estimates there are 27.2 million small business owners in America. The agency is holding a conference in Washington, DC, on May 18-20 where small business owners can learn from speakers as well as recognize outstanding business owners. You can learn more here.
Several other entities are also providing support materials.
The Federal Trade Commission has launched a new website to help businesses protect themselves from cyber-attacks. The site, called Cyber Security for Small Businesses, can be found here. The site offers 10 security tips for small businesses and also lists a number of cyber security resources for small businesses.
The Internal Revenue Service also highlights its Small Business Tax Center, which can help self-employed or small business owners take advantage of specific tax benefits or gain greater understanding of their tax obligations. Visit here to learn more.
Three organizations have published free ebooks that are available this week, including Robert Half’s “20 Ideas for Small Businesses and Pitfalls to Avoid,” which provides tips for recruiting, retraining, motivating and improving company teams; nonprofit credit counseling agency Money Management International’s “The Entrepreneur’s Guide To Personal Finance,” which discusses personal and business credit, funding your business and self-employment tax considerations; and credit company Experian’s “Business Credit: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You,” which provides fundamentals about business credit and managing a healthy credit profile.
And don’t forget that your accounting professional can also be a resource for your small business. Whether you are considering high-level strategy such as expanding your business or getting it started, or details such as changing your financial recordkeeping system or choice of entity, be sure to include your accountant in your discussions.