July 27, 2020
The Top 3 Local Resources Your Small Business Should Be Using

By Leslie Youngblood

I think entrepreneurs or small business owners are some of the busiest, nose-to-the-grindstone people I know.

Yet with that incredible work ethic can come some negatives. The first one that comes to mind is that a lot of business owners can start to feel a little isolated. And that can result in possibly not knowing about some really cool resources that are available to you right in your hometown.

So given that common problem, today I'm sharing the three most bombdiggity local resources every small business should be using.

#1: Other Local Business Owners

As I just said, being a small biz owner can be lonely.

You’re all up in your own everyday processes and challenges, but it’s extremely important to pull yourself out of that and connect with other owners or peers who know exactly what you’re going through, who have been there before, and/or can just be a friend to go and grab a drink with and decompress.

Maybe even reach out to some owners you’d love to know and invite them to a mastermind group you put together with other local doers. It costs nothing to organize a monthly meeting at a local restaurant or cafe, and a lot of great ideas could come out of it for everyone.

Smiling man and woman using a laptop while having cup of coffee in cafe

#2: Your Local University Or Community College

Local colleges or universities can be a great source of entry-level job applicants, a conduit to finding interns, or a place to send workers to get training on the cheap.

If your local college doesn't offer the education your workers need, let the college know. Many learning institutions are focused on meeting the needs of their local business community, so they want to hear from you. They might design a new course to suit your requirements or invite you to be a speaker at a business course, helping to build your reputation and attract new hires.

Try posting flyers around your local college if you're looking for help or interns.
MOO makes some snazzy ones and you can enjoy a 20% discount too.

#3: Your Local Chamber of Commerce

I know that with a lot of owners, the caveat here can be membership dues. In some places it can cost $500 to join and be a member each year. But from my experience, most are often less than that, and as I said it's for an entire year's access to benefits, events and other happenings in your community.

Even if yours is pricey, most chambers will have at least the occasional free networking event you could drop in on, and many have marketing programs that can help all the businesses in their city, including yours.

You can find your local chamber through a simple Google search as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Those are my three awesome local resources you should be using as a small business owner or entrepreneur.

Are you familiar with these? Are you a chamber member or do you have a fellow biz owner network you use and turn to? Let me know!


Leslie Youngblood is the Creative Director for Excelerate America, the ultimate resource for entrepreneurs. Tell Leslie about the local resources you love and use by emailing her at leslie.youngblood@excelerateamerica.com.

Read more
You might also be interested in these
3 Minutes
Stumped on Social Media? Use the ATACC Method

Robert Courtney

Social media is the most powerful marketing tool of our lifetime. It not only keeps people around the country and the globe connected, it’s also become a marketing machine. Brands everywhere can easily discover their target audience and reach them from the comfort of their own home and preferred platform.
3 minutes
Tenacity Tales: The Designer Inspired by Dogs and Cards Against Humanity

Faye Klein has produced award-winning graphics that span nearly every area of advertising and promotion for over 30 years. And while titles are surely nice, she’s not one to sit back and relish in accolades. In fact, she can’t stop finding new inspiration and side hustles.
4 minutes
A Covid-Era Refresh

Weeks into the pandemic, with the entirety of the entertainment and sporting worlds quiet, a curiosity appeared in my morning paper: sports scores. With no games to report, the editors at some big city dailies engaged in a little history lesson, publishing results of games played on that day years ago. Sports fans are nostalgic, I suppose.
4 minutes
Ensuring the Financial Wellness of Your Employees

Phyllis Gau

As a Corporate Retirement Director, the most common issue that I hear from my businesses is how to attract and retain the most skilled employees. Besides the obvious benefits such as health, dental, vision and life insurance, employees want more.
Subscribe to our newsletter
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.