With so many companies in turmoil and people all wondering if they will have a job tomorrow, it is comforting to know that you can create your own business with free help from the government. For the following organizations, their goal is to serve small business owners looking to generate a successful enterprise, how refreshing!
Most people don't even know how to get started, so one way to begin is to take the free online business courses at the SBA. If you never took a course in business or got your MBA, this is the place to get your lessons in how to write a business plan, how to market your service or product, and how to deal with all the legal and competitive components of starting and running a business. Think of it as Business 101, but without the tuition costs of Harvard or the School of Hard Knocks.
Do you have a unique product? Do you need a patent or trademark? Find out what the laws are and register for one here, or learn how to protect one you have.
How would you like to get free business advice from a retired business person? Score is a non profit organization which does exactly that; they even have a free podcast with subjects that deal specifically with the economy, like how to plan during a slow economy.
And finally for some inspiration, check out Entrepreneur's "Great Minds in Business" which showcases what other innovators have done in the past to help you create your new future.