When establishing a brand or growing a brand, it takes knowing information about your business: target market, competition analysis, competitive advantage, pricing, marketing, advertising, public relations, management, operations, financial management, importing, exporting, etc.
Below are sources of no or low-cost general business advice that can help in creating a business plan, starting or growing your business. These are not direct sources of branding assistance, but general business assistance. For branding assistance, click on one of these links based on your need.
No or Low-cost General Business Advice
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)
Business Development Centers (SBDCs) 900 service sites provide assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the United States and its territories. SBDC advisors provide aspiring and current small business owners a variety of free business consulting and low-cost training services including: business plan development, manufacturing assistance, financial packaging and lending assistance, exporting and importing support, disaster recovery assistance, procurement and contracting aid, market research help, 8(a) program support, and healthcare guidance.
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SBA Women’s Business Centers (WBCs)
Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) represent a national network of nearly 100 educational centers throughout the United States and its territories, which are designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses. SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) oversees the WBC network, which provides comprehensive training and counseling on a variety of topics in several languages.
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U.S. Export Assistance Centers
Assists small and medium-sized businesses compete in today’s global marketplace by providing export assistance. If you’re ready to explore exporting, Export Assistance Centers, located in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States, can help. Each U.S. Export Assistance Center is staffed by professionals from SBA, Department of Commerce, Export-Import Bank and other public and private organizations.
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Veterans Business Outreach Centers
The Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOP) is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training; counseling and mentoring; and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business. SBA has 16 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC).
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Procurement & Technical Assistance Centers
Doing business with the government is a big step to growing your business. Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) provide local, in-person counseling and training services for you, the small business owner. They are designed to provide technical assistance to businesses that want to sell products and services to federal, state, and/or local governments. PTAC services are available either free of charge, or at a nominal cost. PTACs are part of the Procurement Technical Assistance Program, which is administered by the Defense Logistics A.
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SCORE is a non-profit association of volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. and its territories that provides free business advice. SCORE has over 11,000 volunteers in 320 chapters. (H2)
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National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship
(NACCE) is a non-profit organization for educators, entrepreneurs, and distinguished business development professionals to provide quality programs and services in entrepreneurship education and serve as advocates for “entrepreneurship movement.”
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National Business Incubator Association
The National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) is the world’s leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship. Each year, it provides thousands of professionals with information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies.
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Association of Women’s Business Centers
AWBC is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1998. The AWBC works to secure economic justice and entrepreneurial opportunities for women by supporting and sustaining a national network of over 100 Women’s Business Centers (WBC). WBCs help women succeed in business by providing training, mentoring, business development and financing opportunities to over 140,000 women entrepreneurs each year in every state in the union.
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Brand Door is an DIY online branding platform.
This new platform provides easy access to branding information, resources and assistance for entrepreneurs, start-ups, small and medium-sized businesses. Brand Door welcomes you “inside the world of successful branding”. Brand Door is always open to you.
If this is your first branding project, we will help you unlock the unknowns of branding and help you move through the learning curve of creating your first brand. Have a question, reach out to us. If you need a branding agency, we will help connect you with agencies to quote on your project. There is no charge to you for this service. “Your access to better branding”
Start and build your brand on a solid foundation – use best practices.
According to Business Dictionary.com, “a best practice is a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means, and that is used as a benchmark”.
Brand Door provides easy access to the current best branding practices, to create your first brand, review your existing brand or rebrand your company, product or a service. We assist companies that handle the branding process in-house or companies that use outside branding agencies. Brand Door Story
Your brand is your handle. The handle that opens the door to your business, its products and services. Brand Door is always open to you. “Easy access to expert branding”