Now that your business is up and running, it is time to think about how get new customers in the door. Growing your business can be a complex task, so BBB has some tips on how to get started!
A good place to start to prepare your business for growth is to create a marketing plan. Doing so will help you to understand your target market, distinguish yourself from competitors and maintain a budget. SBA has some great ideas about developing a marketing plan. If you'd rather hire a professional to do this for you, locate a trustworthy marketing consultant within the BBB Accredited Business Directory.
One great way to grow your business is to join a business or industry group. Doing this will also allow you to network and meet others in your field of expertise. To find a group in your area, check out the lists below.
Education and TrainingThere are many educational and training opportunities available to small business owners and their employees. The following resources are nation-wide:
- SBA - offers counseling, training and business development to help grow your business.
- SBDC - Small Business Development Centers provide guidance and assistance to small business owners.
- SCORE - resource partner of the SBA assisting with business counseling and training, as well as entrepreneur education.
- WBC - Women's Business Centers assist women who want to start and grow small businesses.
For state specific educational and training opportunities, click your state below.You can Register your Business with BBB so that we have accurate information to give to potential customers and others who inquire about your business. After one year in business, you can Apply for BBB Accreditation.