A changing business landscape: Resources for your small business

In the last year, the business landscape has dramatically shifted for small businesses, prompting them to rethink their business strategy and adapt in order to survive the pandemic. From constant changes in masking orders, workplace capacity and reopening guidelines, small business owners need guidance on how to operate and thrive while the economic recovery is underway.

Below you will find some key business advocates and organizations that may be able to advise you and provide critical resources to help you navigate this new landscape, as you plan to rebuild and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Start Small Think Big 

Start Small Think Big focuses on providing support to under-resourced entrepreneurs and communities. This includes supporting entrepreneurs who identify with at least one of the following criteria: Person of color, women, LGBTQ+, physical or mental disability, veteran, immigrant, or low to moderate income (does not exceed 500% Federal Poverty Guidelines).

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SCORE is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. SCORE provides a wide range of services to established and budding business owners alike, including: Mentoring, webinars and courses on demand, a library of online resources, and local events.

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Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) 

SBDCs’ mission is to represent the interests of small business owners by promoting, informing, supporting and continuously improving America’s nationwide network of SBDCs. SBDCs help new entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership, and assist existing businesses to remain competitive in an ever-changing global economy. 

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Pacific Community Ventures 

Pacific Community Ventures is a national nonprofit CDFI that leverages technology to provide small business owners with high-quality mentoring, at no cost. Their BusinessAdvising.org platform connects small business owners with pro bono business advisors who help them meet their challenge and seize new opportunities. They put volunteerism to work for local communities by managing a national network of seasoned entrepreneurs, skilled professionals, and senior leaders from major banks, consulting firms, and bigger companies who want to use their hard-earned business know-how to help business owners seize new opportunities, and create more opportunity in our communities. 

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VetBiz, previously the Veterans Business Resource Center, is dedicated to helping men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces achieve the American dream of owning and successfully operating their own businesses. 

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National ACE's Small Business Recovery Resource Center 

The Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (National ACE) is a premier national nonprofit organization that works to increase business opportunities for minority entrepreneurs and businesses. The mission of this program is to help AAPI and minority business enterprises survive this pandemic and implement strategies that help them adapt to a changing economy.

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