Small Business Associations

Networking Partnerships For Future Success

Tried and true - it's a fact that certain small business associations can be key to the future success of your organization.

Especially for the entrepreneur who is just starting out, consider joining one or more business associations. The rewards can be invaluable to your future success.

The relationships that are formed as you begin networking to build a solid support structure for your company, may in fact save your business sometime down the line.

Building a solid network of business contacts that support your dream is no less important than building strong relationships with your customers.

Part of getting past your learning curve in business, and life in general, is in understanding that the quickest way to get educated is to get connected with other professionals who have your best interests at heart.

Small business associations not only provide the means to gain support for your business, but also the process of networking provides an element of protection and security.How? By getting you in touch with others who may have already successfully faced the challenging issues before you at any given time.

Small Business Associations Worth Considering

  • SCORE Association - SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" is a nonprofit association dedicated to providing entrepreneurs with free, confidential face-to-face and email business counseling. Business counseling and workshops are offered at 389 chapter offices across the country.
  • Local Chamber of Commerce - Your local Chamber of Commerce provides a natural networking opportunity for like-minded business owners to work together toward the improvement of a business-friendly community.
  • Rotary International - Rotary is a well established and highly respected global organization for business professionals. This group is assists leaders in fostering key business relationships while assisting their community in a wide array of local projects. Check their website for a local chapter near you.
  • Toastmasters International - Toastmasters was established to help business owners and aspiring leaders in developing their communication and public speaking skills. In business you must be able to speak to groups of people. This organization will help you gain the confidence you need to effectivley speak with authority.

In addition to the above "macro/big picture" support entities, it's critical that you seek out the best team of experts to serve you on a "micro/one-on-one" level. Create your winning team to include the following key positions:

  • Tax Accountant/CPA - Search for a certified public accountant in your area. Interview several before choosing the one to advise you and partner with you to grow your business.
  • Legal Advisor - Search for an attorney in your area that will work with you to guide and protect you and your business. Ask other reputable business owners who they use.
  • Financial Advisor - Search for an experienced financial advisor that will work with you to create a short and long-term plan for your financial safety and security. Ask other reputable business owners who they use.

It's been said that no one person succeeds alone. Ask any successful man or woman who they attribute their success to and they will no doubt provide a laundry list of influential and highly supportive people who have helped them along the way.

Create the leverage you need to succeed by building strong small business associations and partnerships. Strong business relationships provide leverage - and leverage ensures longevity.

The efforts you make today to develop these important small business associations and partnerships will continue to pay off for years to come.

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