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Unformatted text preview: ss owner. A business consultant’s fees typically range between $25 and $250 an hour. If you decide to retain the services of a consultant, make sure he/she is reputable and be certain that you understand the fee schedule up front.” Business Organizations Explore what’s available through local business organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce. Many areas have entrepreneurial interest groups, such as a new enterprise forum, entrepreneurs’ association, or industry associations. Some also have municipal or county development organizations whose main goal is to help companies get started. Schools and Colleges Many local community colleges work directly with the SBA to house the Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) discussed as part of the government resources in the previous section. The community college/SBDC combination is often an excellent resource for workshops, classes, and even business consulting, all of it with experts whose job involves helping small businesses and start-ups. SBDCs are funded, in part, by the school and the government. Call your local community college and ask about business classes. Libraries Local libraries regularly carry business periodicals and business books. Reference sections are frequently staffed by experts who are happy to help you find what you need. Look for magazine indices, trade association annual publications, and government publications. Banks Banks are often involved in local development activities, and even when they don’t directly offer business help (some do), they will usually know where else you can go for help in the local area. The SBA says “many bank officers have a broad understanding of finance, business operations, and the local economic climate. Do not be afraid to ask your banker questions.” HURDLE: THE BOOK 9.12 ON BUSINESS PLANNING State Development Agencies Most states have development agencies of one kind or another. They also offer information related to small businesses and start...
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