Here are some amazing, value-packed resources to bring you and your business to the next level.
Gwinnett Innovation Park
Gwinnett Innovation Park, a privately funded facility sponsored by Intelligent Systems Corporation, offers companies an environment with office and manufacturing space, telecommunication and network infrastructures, business advice and planning, a network of professional services, “just-in-time advice,” and financial capital. More specifically, Gwinnett Innovation Park allows entrepreneurs to lease an “instant office” for 1 to 30 employees, utilize conference rooms and shared resources, access potential financial partners, and more.
4355 Shackleford Road, Norcross, GA 30093
Phone: (770) 564-5666
Gwinnett Network is a free, online resource specifically designed for salespeople and business owners in Gwinnett County. Gwinnett Network provides the opportunity for businesspeople to share sales leads and obtain referrals while accessing a list of aggregated resources. Some of these resources include: A list of various networking groups and meetings, which can be found by alphabetical order or geographical location; links to articles designed to help develop a businessperson’s networking skills; and Gwinnett business listings by category.
614 Continental Drive, Lawrenceville, GA 30044
Phone: (770) 978-0225
Fax: (678) 974-3300
Dedicated to entrepreneurial education and the formation, growth, and success of small businesses nationwide, SCORE is a non-profit organization that matches entrepreneurs with local volunteer mentors. For nearly 50 years, SCORE has offered small businesses the tools to grow and succeed through education and mentorship. Among its offering of free or inexpensive services, SCORE provides business tools such as templates and tips, confidential business counseling, and business workshops and webinars.
Small Business Development Center
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) assists existing and prospective business owners in starting or growing their businesses by offering a wide variety of training, one-on-one consulting, economic development related market research, and technical assistance. SBDC also offers expertise in international trade, specialty programs, and consulting for minority entrepreneurs. As a nationwide program funded by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and individual states, SBDC is controlled at the state level through university systems.
Small Business SizeUp
SizeUp is a tool offered by the United States’ Small Business Administration (SBA) to help small businesses acquire information about the local market. With SizeUp, small business owners can compare their business with local competitors; map where competitors, customers, and clients are located; and find the best places to advertise. Moreover, SizeUp provides comparison reports for topics such as turnover, workers’ compensation, and revenue for your industry. All of this information is provided for free by the SBA.
SmallBizU is a free online university, available through the Small Business Development Center website intended to teach formal business intelligence. This training enables entrepreneurs and small business owners to solve problems, meet challenges, and create valued products and services. Designed specifically for entrepreneurs and small businesses, SmallBizU focuses on teaching the three “M”s: money, marketing, and management. Through the use of real-world tools and information, SmallBizU offers a range of courses on the functional areas of small business.
Snellville Business Toolbox
The Snellville Business Toolbox is a free resource provided by the City of Snellville Office of Economic Development in partnership with the Snellville Entrepreneur Council, a group of Snellville business owners whose mission is to help other entrepreneurs in Snellville. The toolbox provides information on how to start, sustain or grow your business in Snellville. This includes a comprehensive, interactive checklist for start-ups, access to free mentoring, the capability to join a peer advisory board, and tools to update your business plan and budget. Network in your community and take advantage of educational opportunities, financial resources and information on how to expand or relocate within Snellville.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce offers an online Startup Toolkit, information on starting a business, creating a business plan, and tips on financing a business. To support the growth and prosperity of small businesses and their role in creating new jobs throughout the nation, it launched the U.S. Chamber Small Business Nation. The U.S. Chamber Small Business Nation is a community founded on the open exchange of information and ideas, while creating the opportunity for small businesses to speak with a unified voice.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is a federal agency with the mission to foster small business development across the nation. By working with approximately 5,000 banks, SBA is able to guarantee loans for small businesses and ensure that 23% of federal contract dollars go to small businesses. With 14,000 counselors available to give small businesses guidance, SBA is also able to offer online training and general business educational tools, provide information on grant programs, and help fund the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).