Need help finding your niche? Check out the following resources for more information:
- The National Business Incubation Association provides information on small-business incubators across the country; call (740) 593-4331 or visit http://www.nbia.org
- The Small Business Administration (SBA) co-sponsors more than 900 Small Business Development Centers with universities throughout the United States. Call (800) 8-ASK-SBA to find the center closest to you.
- Get marketing advice and one-on-one business counseling from an experienced counselor at the SBA's Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). Volunteers from this organization help mentor fledgling business owners free of charge. Visit them online at http://www.score.org (You can also call the SBA district office nearest you, listed in the government pages of your phone book).
- Visit the Smart Business Supersite at http://www.smartbiz.com for valuable marketing information, tips for small-business start-ups and helpful business planning information.
- Niche Selling: How to Find Your Customer in a Crowded Market, by William T. Brooks (Irwin Professional Publishing, $30, 800-447-2774), offers valuable information on targeting your market.
- Finding Your Niche, by Laurence J. Pino (Berkley Publishing Group, $9, 800-447-2774), can teach you how to successfully pinpoint your customers.
- Visit Business Start-Ups' Web site at http://www.entrepreneurmag.com/bizstarts to read past articles on a variety of topics.
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