Sources of Assistance for Nonprofits and For-Profits
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Resources for For-Profits
1. Small Business Answer Desk: Call 800-827-5722
2. SBA: Small Business Administration Home Page
3. SCORE - Service Corps Of Retired Executives Call 800-827-5722
4. Better Business Bureau
5. Small Business Development Center: Call 402-595-2387
6. American Home Business Association. Call 800-664-2422.
7. National Association for the Self-Employed. Call 800-232-NASE.
8. Business Assistance Service (with Department of Commerce) Call 202-483-3176
9. National Business Association. Call 800-465-0440.
10. Chambers of Commerce and Trade associations -- You should contact your local Chamber of Commerce, even if only to introduce yourself. The Chamber can be a great source of help and contacts. One of the ways in which they can help if to suggest an appropriate trade association for you to join. The particular trade association you would benefit from, depends on the nature of your products or services.
Resources for Nonprofits
1. Contact your Secretary of State and/or state's attorney
general's office and ask for a list of resources
2. Executive Service Corp provides experienced consultation in the areas of technical and management.
3. National Council of Nonprofit Associations (find your local office and call for help)
4. Contact the local volunteer recruitment organization in your community and ask for assistance.
5. Look in the Yellow Pages of your local telephone directory for professional associations. Look for networks or associations of organization development practitioners, facilitators or trainers.
6. Look in the Yellow Pages of your local telephone directory under the categories "Consultant" and "Volunteering."
7. Contact local large corporations. They often have community service programs and can provide a wide range of management and technical expertise. Speak to the head of the Human Resources Department.
8. Call a local university or college and speak to someone in the college of Human Resources, Training and Development, or Business Administration.
9. Ask other nonprofits (particularly those that have similar services and number of staff,) or current clients and ask for ideas, contacts and references.
10. Ask a retired business person (from a for-profit or nonprofit organization). Often, they have facilitated a wide variety of meetings.
Other Sources of Resources
Free, Online Resources
Consider a Mentor
See the topic Mentoring
Form a Group of Your Peers to Help Each Other
See the topic Authenticity Peer-Coaching and Peer-Training Groups for for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and for individuals