Whether you are well-established or just starting out, itís both rewarding and challenging to manage a business. As a community bank, we welcome the opportunity to assist you with financing your business and assisting you in planning for the future so you can reach your financial goals. You may appreciate accessing other useful tools and resources to help your business grow and prosper so we created this Business Resources Center.
And when youíre ready to talk to one of our business banking experts find one near you, or send us an email and one will contact you.
The Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) assists Americans who want to start, build and grow businesses. While theyíre best known for their special lending programs, the SBA offers a wealth of free knowledge and assistance to any business; regardless if they have an SBA loan. Here are some great resources to utilize:
SBA State Offices
With offices in every state, the SBA exists to provide business guidance and support. Find counseling, training and business development specialists providing free and low-cost services in your area:
Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
Current and prospective small business owners can receive advice, training and research assistance through their local SBDC, including confidential no-cost business consulting and low-cost training designed to help you grow your business, achieve higher profits and improve operations. Assistance is provided at numerous locations throughout every state. Find the SBDC center nearest to you:
The SBA offers a number of FREE information available to everyone. Hereís a quick glimpse of whatís available:
Other Free, Reliable Resources:
» Small Business Exchange: Smart Answers for Entrepreneurs
A free article library created in partnership with BusinessWeek and Bloomberg News
» SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business"
This nonprofit focuses on educating entrepreneurs and helping small business start, grow and succeed. Anyone can access their 12,400 volunteer counselors with more than 600 business skills. Volunteers are working or retired business owners, executives and corporate leaders who share their wisdom and lessons learned in business. Includes ďask the expertĒ online assistance.
» IRS for Small Business
This special section of the Internal Revenue Service website is designed to assist small businesses quickly access the resources and information important to them.
» Occupational Health & Safety Administration for Small Business
This site includes the free On-site Consultation Program, safety and health tools and publications, easy-to-follow guides for specific OSHA standards, and descriptions of benefits that small businesses receive from OSHA.
» Vet Success for Small Business
This U.S. Department of Veteranís Administration site provides information on funding and start-up of small business for Veteran business owners and for information on contracting with the federal government
Itís important to keep in mind calculators are a simple tool and cannot take into account all the factors that should be considered when considering business financing. The final decision should be based on what's best for you and your business.
When youíre ready to get information specific to your business, please ask to speak to one of our Business Banking experts. Or contact your neighborhood AmericanWest Bank.