AHMC’s Small Business Resource List 2017

AHMC’s Small Business Resource List 2017

As small business owners, it can sometimes be difficult to navigate the overwhelming amount of “good” resources that are available to us. Over the years, we have narrowed down some of the ones that we feel provide great opportunities, information, and platforms for accomplishing our goals in a cost-effective way.

Below is a list we compiled to help you get your business off on the right foot!

1.       Hoovers

By creating an account on Hoovers, you are able to use industry specific SIC and NAICS codes to gather data on businesses that operate in said industry. This data includes revenue, contact information, address, location type, and number of employees. Information can be customized to be as specific, down to the zip code, or generic as needed. This is a great resource for gathering sales leads.

2.       The List

This database allows you to enter a company name and gather a variety of data. They offer contact information, media spend, brands affiliated with the company, media agencies, hierarchy, and competitor information. Once you find the data that best suits your needs, you are then able to export it into an excel file.

3.       Canva

Canva is a free online graphic design software that is a simplified version of Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. It allows you to create sophisticated infographics, invitations, postcards, social media posts and so much more. For the graphic design novice this is definitely a must-use.

4.       Adweek

Adweek, a marketing and advertising publication, is a great resource for small businesses because of the diversity of their posts. Under the digital   section on their website, they often post great tips on social media marketing and developments in Facebook, LinkedIn, Snapchat, and Instagram tools. They also frequently post digital marketing statistics that help businesses understand the current digital environment.

5.       Marketing Profs

Marketing Profs is a great resource for marketing professionals or small businesses looking to expand their marketing. By signing up for their membership you are eligible for different training programs, access to their research, and events. They offer interesting online seminars and podcasts as well as articles that keep you up to date on industry developments.

6.       Squarespace/ Hosting Sites

Hosting sites like Squarespace are an easy and cost effective way to create a professional website without the hassle of hiring an expensive web designer. Anyone can create an account, choose a template, and publish a dynamic website.

7.       Facebook Ads

Facebook ads are one of the most cost effective ways to reach your target audience online. You can determine how much money you want to spend to boost each post and then create a specific target audience through their program.

8.       Google SEO and SEM

Using Google’s search engine optimization feature you are able to use a variety of search specifications to ensure that your target audience is redirected to your website. For a more detailed explanation and how-to click here 

9.       IBISWorld

IBISWorld is a great resource for businesses in any industry. They publish industry specific data, studies, and statistics that discuss current trends and changes. Although it is not free, their studies are worth the price!

10.   FreePik/ Stock Photos Website

Often, customers expect to see images on your website or in your blog post. An easy and cost effective way to ensure quality visual content is to sign up for a stock photo website. FreePik is a great one. You can type in key words relating to the image you are looking for and they have hundreds of great ones!

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**SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT** - The Novel Tree

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**SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT** - Gordon's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning

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**SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT** - Westboro Tennis & Swim Club

Westboro Tennis & Swim Club is a locally owned and operated full service health and wellness club that provides superior facilities and instruction in tennis, fitness and aquatics. Serving the area for over 35 years, their facility covers over 120,000 square feet of diverse activity areas, offering something for the whole family, all year round.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been an evolving practice since the early 2000’s. It has now developed into a necessity for any business, regardless of size or industry.CSR creates “shared-value” by simultaneously generating economic value and value to society. In addition, CSR is becoming increasingly necessary for businesses because of the evolving nature of consumer purchasing behavior.