There are plenty of places you can turn when you're learning to run an unfamiliar venture. Seek guidance from other entrepreneurs, reference materials, professional organizations and associations, training seminars and schools. Community colleges and business, trade and professional associations also frequently offer relevant classes and seminars.
Some of the most valuable resources for acquiring the knowledge you need to get your new business started are Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), which are co-sponsored by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and affiliated with universities nationwide. SBDC counselors are available to answer a range of business-related questions and provide information about local training courses and specialized publications to help you start your business. Call the SBA at (800) U-ASK-SBA to find the SBDC nearest you.
Business incubators, too, can help a new business get off the ground. Incubators are organizations sponsored by private and public investors that help to nurture new businesses, providing fledgling entrepreneurs with much-needed guidance and support. To learn more about incubators, visit the National Business Incubation Association's Web site at http://www.nbia.org , or call them at (614) 593-4331.
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