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!
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.
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.
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
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!