Clearwater, FL - Better Business Bureau is taking the opportunity to celebrate National Small Business Week (May 12-16).
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, this country’s 28 million small businesses create nearly two out of three jobs in our economy. Today, half of all working Americans either own or work for a small business.
“This is a time your BBB wants to encourage entrepreneurs to take advantage of the many free resources BBB has to offer at bbb.org.” said Karen Nalven, President of BBB serving West Florida. “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.”
In honor of National Small Business Week, BBB is encouraging small business owners to take advantage of the many Business Toolkits, Resources & Guides 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.
Data Privacy for Small Businesses
Data Security – Made Simpler
Nothing is more important to you as a small business owner than your customers. You've worked hard to engage and secure their trust and confidence in you, and growing your business will depend in large part on maintaining their trust. In today's competitive marketplace, that's more difficult to do than ever. As hard as you've worked to earn your customers' trust, it can take just one negative experience to break it. Your ability to keep your customers' sensitive data secure is one of those make-it-or-break-it events.
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.
BBB Managing Credit — Made Simpler
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 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:
BBB is an unbiased non-profit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Businesses that earn BBB accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical business behavior. BBB provides objective advice, free BBB Business Reviews® and BBB Wise Giving Reports®, and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. To further promote trust, BBB also offers complaint and dispute resolution support for consumers and businesses when there is a difference in viewpoints. For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2015, people turned to BBB more than 172 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 5.3 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. Better Business Bureau Serving West Florida is one of many local, independent BBBs across North America that provide business reviews on companies within its 11 county service area. These counties include: Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Hardee, Desoto, Charlotte, Lee & Collier.