Celebrating the Best Support Programs 🎉
There are countless support programs out there that are helping to boost small businesses. One of our favorites is the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development Program, which provides mentorship, training, and access to government contracts to qualifying small businesses. Another great program is SCORE, which connects small business owners with experienced mentors who can offer guidance on everything from marketing to financing.
Locally, many communities have created their own support programs for small businesses. For example, the City of Austin’s Small Business Program offers a variety of resources, including one-on-one counseling and assistance with securing loans. The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation’s Motor City Match program provides grants and loans to small businesses that are looking to start or expand in the city. These programs are essential for helping small businesses get the support they need to succeed.
Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities, and they need our support now more than ever. By shopping local, advocating for small business-friendly policies, and taking advantage of the many support programs that are available, we can ensure that our local economies remain strong and vibrant for years to come. So next time you’re out and about, consider stopping by a local store instead of a big box retailer, and don’t forget to spread the word about your favorite small businesses. Together, we can make a real difference.