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Where to Find Help for Your Start-up

Starting a new business can be exciting. Your business idea may have plenty of merit and you may have even identified the ideal market for your products or services.

However, before you launch into your new enterprise, take some time to ask questions and seek the right advice. You could save yourself a lot of time and money by locating the right sources of information and support to help you get your business off the ground.

Speak to like-minded small business owners

The first way you can give your business venture a boost in the right direction is becoming involved with networking opportunities with other business owners. Seek out workshops, events and trade fairs where you'll have opportunities to meet like-minded business people.

Visit your local Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization anywhere in the world. The Chamber of Commerce ("Chamber") represents the interests of businesses right across America and offers access to some of the nation's top:

  • Lawyers
  • Policy experts

The Chamber is dedicated to helping members grow their businesses, offering valuable savings on a wide range of benefits and services. Their website offers plenty of support and advice for business owners, as well as plenty of helpful resources and training tools. Members also have instant access to the strongest business advocacy group in the country.

Your local Chamber of Commerce should offer social events and meetings where you can interact with other business owners within your area. Some branches also offer helpful webinars and training sessions that allow you to improve your business while you grow.

Locate your local Chamber of Commerce.

US Small Business Administration (SBA)

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) website is a rich source of information for all business owners. The SBA offers information about:

  • Managing your business
  • Accessing Government grants
  • Sourcing the right business finance to suit your needs

They may also provide assistance to small businesses in the form of loans, loan guarantees, counseling sessions and contracts.

Advice, workshops and classes

You'll find plenty of helpful articles on their website, ranging from licensing and business laws, to filing and paying taxes. The SBA also offers local workshops and classes designed to help business owners start, manage and finance their business ventures.

Business mentoring and training

SCORE is a non-profit organization run with the support of the SBA. There are more than 11,000 SCORE volunteers willing to offer training and mentoring to small business owners across the country.

Many of the volunteers are successful business owners or advisors in their own right, so it's possible to gain lots of valuable advice and support.

The SCORE website offers a wealth of information and advice about starting and running a business, as well as offering a wide range of free business tools, tips and templates to make your business start-up easier.

They also offer local workshops and webinars designed to offer small business owners plenty of support and training where it's needed most.

Seek professional advice

No matter how great your business idea might be, it's still important to discuss your plans to start a new business with your accountant. You should:

  • Ask questions about tax and financial advice
  • Learn how to maximize any deductions you might be eligible to make
  • Ask for guidance with your bookkeeping requirements

How Commerce Bank can help you start up

Come talk to our Small Business Specialists and share your Business Plans We can help ensure you get the right operating accounts established along with the cash flow tools like Small Business Online Banking and Merchant Services to get your business up and running.

If you discuss your Business Plans with Commerce Bank, you may even qualify for an SBA-backed low-interest loan to help you cover your initial costs and fund some of your business growth.

Accessing funds on a business credit card can be a great way to regulate business cash flow and ensure your creditors are kept happy while you focus on growing your business.

Ask about merchant services

You should also consider setting up merchant banking services to facilitate payment processing solutions for your business, like accepting payments from credit cards, debit cards or checks.

Your merchant services account can be tailored to suit your business' needs, including incorporating e-commerce solutions and virtual payment terminals to accept payments through your website.

The right merchant services can be crucial for any business wanting to improve cash flow and minimize exposure to fraud and risk.

Commerce Bank's data security program will help your business achieve compliance by securing your website payment processing and your customer information.

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