Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina reminds local small business
owners of online resources that provide assistance for little to no charge. These
resources are available online from your BBB and federal agencies for local
business owners who lead our state in innovation, creation of jobs and increase
competitiveness in the marketplace.
BBB Data Security – Made Simpler
partnered with data security experts at Symantec
Corporation, Visa Inc., Kroll’s Fraud Solutions and NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association to
produce free data security guidelines, with checklists and links to data
security resources that make sense for small businesses. BBB’s Data Security – Made Simpler arms small business owners
with the information they need to protect their customers and their business. For
more information, visit www.bbb.org/data-security/.
TrustBrief is a free e-mail digest with news relevant to small business owners.
You can sign up for a free subscription at www.smartbrief.org/bbb.
BBB Tips on Direct Selling
BBB and the
Direct Selling Education Foundation have created a series of articles, videos
and PSAs to educate direct sellers, their customers and even those considering
a career path in direct selling. Free tips and advice you can trust on direct
selling are available at www.bbb.org/us/dsef-tips.
Small Business and Technology Development
locations across North Carolina
to provide help to small business owners with management counseling and
educational services. The SBTDC is administered by North
Carolina State University on behalf of the University of North
Carolina system and is operated by partnership
with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Most of the services offered by
SBTDC are free, and all are confidential. Visit http://www.sbtdc.org/index.asp for more
Business Link North Carolina
BLNC is a
network of state-funded agencies that provide services including workshops and
information for North Carolina
businesses. Most of their resources are provided at no charge, but some courses
require a small fee. Business owners can call BLNC at 1-800-228-8443 or visit http://www.blnc.gov/
for additional information.
SCORE is a unique federal government resource that
utilizes volunteers, both working and retired, with expertise to advise small
businesses, lead business seminars, and coach entrepreneurs online. A resource
partner of the Small Business Administration for more than 40 years, SCORE has
helped more than 7 million businesses succeed and stay active in the local and
national small business marketplace. For more information, visit http://www.score.org/findscore/index.html?zc=27612.
North Carolina Secretary of State,
Carolina Secretary of State Corporations Division ensures that corporations,
limited partnerships and limited liability companies meet uniform standards
throughout the state and keeps this information available as public
record. Businesses can find the
appropriate forms for filing your business or nonprofit with the Secretary of
State, in addition to guidelines for incorporating and other resources at http://www.secretary.state.nc.us/corporations/thepage.aspx.
has free resources on best practices for complying with the law, which can be ordered
for your employees at no charge. The FTC offers online tutorials, videos,
and more than 100 to-the-point publications created with the small business
owner in mind at http://business.ftc.gov.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBA plays a leading role in helping small business
owners and entrepreneurs secure financing, technical assistance, training and
federal contracts. Visit http://sba.gov for more
Additional information for small business owners
can be found at bbb.org.