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Federal, state and local resources and organizations you need to know to start and grow a small business in Florida. Resources are authenticated by a professional librarian.

Federal, state and local resources and organizations you need to know to start and grow a small business in Florida. Resources are authenticated by a professional librarian.

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    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Celebrating Small Business Week Getting Down to Business Business Resources to Help You Succeed in Florida Presenter: Marion Hayes Economic Development Division Neighborhood Services Department Manatee County Government June 19, 2-4 pm, Central Library, Bradenton
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Celebrating Small Business Week http://www.sba.gov/nsbw/
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices The Myth About Small Business “…nine out ten small businesses fail … Success rates are actually fairly high”, says the US Census Bureau shows “Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corporation, Aug 2012”
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices The Reality is that … • 69% - at least two years • 51% - at least five years. • 49% - five years or more • 34% - ten years or more • 26% - at least fifteen years “Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corporation, Aug 2012”
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Celebrating Small Business Week
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Knowledge is Power Misinformation is common in all walks of life, including business. These statistics should provide you with the much-needed confidence, since the odds favor success. Go to the Small Business Administration and other reliable sources AND don’t accept rumors!!” “Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corporation, Aug 2012” http://web.sba.gov/faqs/faqindex.cfm?areaID=24
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Debunking the Myths  101 Small Business Myths  SBA Small Business Myth-Buster  Forbes Debunking the Myths …  2013 State of the Business Owner  Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.  SBA Small Business Survival
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Celebrating Small Business Week
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Take-a-way  business readiness tests  ideas for a start-up business  questions before starting a business  steps to starting a business
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Celebrating Small Business Week
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Take-a-way  templates for small business  databases for small business  websites with business resources  library services and materials  creative thinking games / techniques
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Celebrating Small Business Week
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices First Things First Before starting a business 1. Research / Knowledge 2. Life / Family Plan The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (stevencovey.com 3. Test Yourself
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Is Entrepreneurship for You?
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Take the test Is entrepreneurship for you? 1. USA Today Skills Test ***** 2. SBA Small Business Assessment Tool ***** 3. Start up Nation 5 Qs Readiness **** http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/smallbusiness/startup/week2-etype-test.htm https://eweb1.sba.gov/cams/training/business_primer/assessment.htm http://www.startupnation.com/business-articles/9580/1/startup-readiness-assess-5-questions.htm
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Activity #1: Take the test Is entrepreneurship for you? Activity 1: Read the 20 questions on your handout. They will help you assess whether you are ready to start or extend an existing business. https://eweb1.sba.gov/cams/training/business_primer/assessment.htm http://www.sba.gov/content/20-questions-before-starting-business
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Take the USA Today E-Type Test !!! After the workshop !!! Activity 2: Go to the USA Today Skills Test, complete the survey and find out what e-type entrepreneur you are. Go to: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/small business/startup/week2-etype-test.htm
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Be Inspired
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices CREATIVITY TECHNIQUES 1. Brainstorming – Different! 2. Lateral Thinking - Divergent 3. Creativity Games – “Roleplay” 4. Scenario Planning – “W?hi?ch?” 5. Mind Mapping – Tenticles (Buzan) pp. 50-52 http://eprints.qut.edu.au/16263/1/Marion_Hayes_Thesis.pdf
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices !!! After the workshop !!! Tapping your creativity Activity: Identify a problem scenario and identify the business dilemma. Use 1 of the 5 creativity techniques to arrive at a possible solutions(s) Source: Six thinking hats (DeBono Consulting) Free brochure:
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Source: http://www.debonoconsulting.com/Six_Thinking_Hats.asp !!! After the workshop !!! Activity: Identify a different dilemma, gather a group together and assign different hats. After 15 minutes, discuss the posible scenarios / solutions.
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Activity #2 How to Use a Mind Map Source: Ned Parks, New Directions Learning & Development, c2010; www.nedparks.com Activity: Choose something you want to plan/set goals for, e.g. project, business, family or life plan, retirement. Use the mapping technique to do a rough or “mud map”.
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Write E-Books
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Big Ideas for Small Business  Top 10 Stay-at-Home Businesses  5 Riskiest & 5 Safest Start-up Businesses  Pop-Up Shops or Stores (Pittsburg)  50 Great Small Business Start-Up Ideas  Six Ideas for Mobile Food Businesses  2013 Best Franchise Satisfaction Awards  The Entrepreneur Success Stories (Videos)
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Project Pop-Up Downtown Project Pop Up: Downtown [Pittsburg]: is a program of Pittsburg Mayor, in conjunction with the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Department of City Planning and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. Over 90 artists, entrepreneurs, and non-profits submitted proposals to activate Downtown storefronts. Finalists were invited to “pop” into Downtown for limited engagements. These finalists received grants with which they will occupy currently vacant stores in Downtown throughout 2012. Click here to see a map of these projects. http://www.downtownpittsburgh.com/about-pdp/pdp-initiatives/project-pop-up
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices 5 Riskiest and 5 Safest Small Businesses http://www.allbusiness.com/startups-risky-business-ideas/15561619-7.html
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Knowledge is Power Example: Researching Your Market •Reduce business risks •Spot current and upcoming problems in your industry •Identify sales opportunities http://www.sba.gov/content/do-your-market-research
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Florida Business Guide (State of Florida $9.95) http://www.stateofflorida.com/Portal/DesktopDefault.aspx ?tabid=134
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Medical Transcription
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Step Guides #1 •SBA 10 steps to starting a small business •South Florida SBA: Small Business Resource - download •MCG Business Assistance Resources (Brochure) – download •MyFlorida.com - Starting a Business in Florida - Official Portal •Florida Chamber Getting started in Business •American Fact Finder – US Census – Based on census only •American Community Survey – US Census – Ongoing survey Florida Business Guide (State of Florida $9.95)
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Step Guides #2 • www.StateofFlorida.com • www.sunbiz.org - Florida Division of Corporations • Start-up Kit - Florida Dept. of Revenue • http://www.myflorida.com/taxonomy/business/ - Official website • http://dor.myflorida/dor/info_business.html •County Business Patterns – US Census • How to start a business in Florida - Official website • Florida Business Guide (State of Florida $9.95) Florida Business
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Tools & Templates • USF SBDC: Business tools & templates • SCORE Manatee: Templates & Tools • Microsoft Office: Business Templates Q: Do I need to create my own paperwork from scratch? (Plans, reports, Plans … etc)
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Mobile Food Vendor ??
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Know Your Industry #1 • www.thomasnet.com • www.census.gov/econ/cbp/index.html • Services that require a DBPR license • Florida Regulated Industries Guide • MCLS Business Databases !!!! Free access 24/7 with card & pin] Q: Need a license? Industry demand/supply? Local suppliers of materials/parts?  AtoZ Databases  Business Economics and Theory  General Business File ASAP  ReferenceUSA  Morningstar  Small Business Collection  Small Business Resource Center  Value Line
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Know your industry #2 “Wealthy to spend more on experiences, not stuff :… Wealthy shoppers plan to refrain from scooping up expensive handbags, shoes and other discretionary items even as the economy recovers and the stock market soars, a new study finds. People are less interested in watches and more interested in building lasting memories” “Wealthy to spend more on experiences” by Shan Li, LA Times, Florida Trends Afternoon Pulse, June 11, 2013 Q : What are current trends in my industry, business, the economy?
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Know your economy Q : For small business owners & investors National •U.S. Bureau Census Economic Indicators •Wells Fargo Monthly Economic Outlook (Qtly) •Brookings Metro Monitor (Qtly) •Kiplinger Economic Outlook (Monthly) •Wells Fargo Annual & Monthly Economic Outlook •Federal Reserve Archive (Current & retro.) Florida / Regional •Florida Dept. of Economic Opportunity (Labor Statistics) •Florida Chamber Scorecard (new) •Florida. Office of Economic & Demographic Research (EDR) •UCF Florida & Metro Forecast, December 2012. •UCF U.S. Economic Forecast, March 2013 Manatee County •Fishkind & Associates, Bradenton Herald, Jan 2013 •Fishkind & Associates, Jan 2013 •Florida Trend Economic yearbook 2013 •Florida Trends Daily Pulse !!! •SRQ Daily [Archive] !!! • Biz (941) Daily [Archive] !!! •Bradenton Herald •Herald Tribune •Manatee County Library Sources •Morningstar [Library Card ID + PIN] •Value Line [Library Card ID + PIN] •Yahoo Finance http://finance.yahoo.com/ •Google Finance http://www.google.com/finance# •Hoover’s http://www.hoovers.com/ •D&B Directories www.mymanatee.org/library
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/starting-managing-business/starting- business/preparing-your-finances/understanding-basics SBA Tips on Financing Your Business
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Financial Assistance Q : What loans, grants, etc are out there? TYPE SUGGESTED SOURCE • Personal: Savings, trusts, investments Budget, assets, liabilities, life plans, 401K, plans, insurance, trusts, investments • Government assistance, grants, etc. Catalog of federal Domestic Assistance • Small business loans SBA Loan Program BusinessUSA.gov Florida Small Business Development Center • Taxes and credits Florida Department of Revenue IRS Small Business & Self-Employed Tax Center • Federal, State, County, City, DDA incentive programs Manatee County Government Bradenton Downtown Development Authority City of Bradenton Enterprise Florida Florida Dept. of Economic Opportunity Portal
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Financial Assistance Q : What loans, grants are out there? TYPE SUGGESTED SOURCE Commerce Business Daily (US Dept. of Commerce) Access all government-wide Federal procurement opportunities > $25,000. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance a full listing of all Federal programs available to State and local governments BillNelsonSenate.gov Helps Florida individuals, businesses, organizations, and groups throughout source and apply for grants.
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Manatee County at Your Service • Economic Development http://www.mymanatee.org/econdev • Community Development Areas (CRAs) http://www.mymanatee.org/home/businesses/economic-development/cra.html • Purchasing Division http://www.mymanatee.org/vendor - to register as a vendor • Neighborhood Services http://www.mymanatee.org/neighborhood • Hurricane Preparedness http://www.mymanatee.org/hurricane • Community Development Block Grant http://www.mymanatee.org/cdgb • The Library System http://www.mymanatee.org/library www.mymanatee.org
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Working Together- Local SEE HANDOUT IN WORKSHOP PACKET
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Working Together- State SEE HANDOUT IN WORKSHOP PACKET
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Working Together- Federal SEE HANDOUT IN WORKSHOP PACKET
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Your Library #1 • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (stevencovey.com • New York Times Bestseller Lists (New York Times) • 10 Best Business Start-up Books (UK Independent) • MCLS Catalog: 658.041, 158, # of editions, reviews • MCLS Business Databases !!!! 24/7 access card & pin • Topic: Catalog: • Format: MCLS Home Download Audio Book for Commute
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Your Library #2 Research Librarians + Resources = **Answers ** Ask a librarian your business question! Visit: See hours/address for six locations www.mymanatee.org/library Phone: (941) 748-5555 ext 6310 (2nd Floor Reference Desk) Email: reference@mymanatee.org Chat: Ask-A-Librarian http://www.askalibrarian.org/
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Your Library #3 • What is the typical customer in my zip - 34205? • Is there any funding I can apply for? • What is the value of this antique comic / chair? • How can I select the best point-of-sale system? • How do I optimize my Google search? • Taxes owed by a home-based dog-walking business? • Are there small business loans to apply for? • Research Librarians + Resources = **Answers ** • Website: MCLS Home, Events Calendar • Databases: Access Business Databases 24/7. Ask a librarian your business question!
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Your Library 4 SEE HANDOUT IN WORKSHOP PACKET
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Your Library #4  AtoZ Databases  Business Economics and Theory  General Business File ASAP  ReferenceUSA  Morningstar  Small Business Collection  Small Business Resource Center  Value Line •MCLS Business Databases !!!! Free access 24/7 with card & pin] •Best Rankings (Insurance) SEE HANDOUT IN WORKSHOP PACKET
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Celebrating Small Business Week http://www.sba.gov/nsbw/
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices 20 Marketing Tips Every Entrepreneur Should Know http://www.missouribusiness.net/sbtdc/docs/20_marketing_tips.asp Facebook Marketing [Facebook Page] https://www.facebook.com/marketing Marketing Your Small Business for Dummies [Cheat Sheet] http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/marketing-your-small-business-for-dummies-cheat-sh.html Start-up-Nation: Create Press & Write: http://www.startupnation.com/steps/76/3867/4/1/website-press-articles.htm 22 Ways to Promote Your Business for Free http://www.slideshare.net/NiciElmore/22-ways 20 essential Search Engine Optimization Tips For Small Business http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505143_162-45140154/20-essential-search-engine-optimization-tips- for-small-business-owners/ Linkedin’s Timeless Guide to Small Business Success http://learn.linkedin.com/small-business/episode-1/ Last but not least: Marketing YOUR BRAND HERE
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Activity #6 •Hands-On •Questions
    • ManateeCountyUtilitiesDepartmentManateeCountyNeighborhoodServices Celebrating Small Business Week