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BBB celebrates National Small Business Week
June 20, 2013

Clearwater, FL Better Business Bureau is taking the opportunity to celebrate National Small Business Week
(June 17-21).

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, two out of three private sector jobs are created by small businesses. Today, half of all working Americans either own or work for a small business.

“We encourage consumers to tell a friend about their favorite small business, patronize a locally owned and operated business or share with your family and friends why you think local businesses are such an important part of our community.” said Karen Nalven, President of BBB serving West Florida.

In honor of National Small Business Week, BBB is encouraging small business owners to take advantage of the many resources both BBB and the Small Business Administration have available:

BBB Code of Business Practices
The BBB Code of Business Practices represents sound advertising, selling and customer service practices that enhance customer trust and confidence in business. This Code should be a road map for creating and managing a trustworthy business.

BBB Code of Advertising
BBB was founded on the principles of truth in advertising, which rests first and foremost with the advertiser. BBBs review local advertisements and work with companies to adhere to the BBB Code of Advertising, which lays out principles, definitions and suggestions for ethical advertising that all businesses can adopt.

BBB Tips on Direct Selling
BBB and the Direct Selling Education Foundation partnered to create a series of articles, videos and PSAs to educate direct sellers, their customers and even those considering a career path in direct selling. Free tips and advice you can trust on direct selling are available at www.bbb.org/us/dsef-tips.

BBB Managing Credit — Made Simpler: Small Businesses
Provides a clear set of guidelines that will help you make wise decisions on small-business credit cards and identify strategies to help you take charge of your business’s financial situation. This free advice is available at:
http://www.bbb.org/credit-management/small-business-credit/

Small Business Administration
SBA’s Online Learning Center is a virtual campus complete with free online courses, workshops, podcasts, learning tools and business-readiness assessments. Course topics from writing a business plan to mastering overseas markets are available for business owners along with e-books, templates and articles. Visit http://www.sba.gov/sba-learning-center
.

BBB serving West Florida also provides you with the following list of local Small Business Resources to help your business grow:

Pinellas County Small Business Economic Development

Hillsborough County Small Business Economic Development

Hernando County Small Business Development

Pasco County Small Business Economic Development

Manatee County Small Business Economic Development

Sarasota County Small Business Economic Development

Hardee County Small Business Economic Development

Desoto County Small Business Economic Development

Charlotte County Small Business Economic Development

Lee County Small Business Economic Development

Collier County Small Business Economic Development

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