Business Development Resources
Contents (click on your choice)
- Business.USA.gov (An official website of the U.S. Government.)
- U.S. Small Business Administration*
- The Virginia Department of Business Assistance
- Want to become a vendor to the Town of Herndon?
- Workforce Resources
In recent years the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has implemented a highly successful Business Matchmaking program to create more contracting opportunities for small businesses. Since its inception, the Business Matchmaking program has created approximately 22,000 one-on-one appointments between small business owners and buyers from federal and local governments as well as buyers from the private sector. For more information about all of the SBA s programs for small businesses, visit the SBA s extensive Web site at www.sba.gov in English, or www.negocios.gov en Espanol.
Click below for How to Optimize the Power of Your Web Page, a presentation by Harry Brooks, guru at Network Solutions. This program was recently presented at the Chamber's Business Owners Round Table and was a real state-of-the-art information piece. The rules for web optimization have changed mightily. A must read!
Here is a short listing of online business publications that we recommend:
- The Economist
- Fortune Magazine
- Harvard Business Review
- Smart Money
- Technology Review
- Virginia Business
- The Wall Street Journal
- Washington Business Journal
- E-Verify - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services site for Employment Eligibility Verification
- Dulles Corporate College
Online Instructor-Taught Classes for Small Business Owners
Online business classes are now available for small businesses throughout the nation through a cosponsorship between the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Thomson Corp. (Ed2Go). Ed2Go is a national provider of online instructor-taught training classes, offering courses through more than 1,000 community colleges and other partners around the country.
Small businesses and entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to enroll in three of Ed2Go's most popular online educational courses at no cost. The courses being offered are:
- Creating a Successful Business Plan
Work through all of the major components of a business plan and turn your business ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success.
- Customer Service Fundamental
Develop new skills in identifying and satisfying customer needs, and become an indispensable asset to any organization. This online course will help you discover and master the essentials of customer service.
- Creating Web Pages
Create and post your very own Web site on the Internet in this extensive, hands-on workshop. Learn about the capabilities of the World Wide Web and the fundamentals of Web design. You'll also learn critical and timely information on securing the best possible location in search engine listings, and powerful no-cost or low-cost Web marketing strategies.
Each online course will be six weeks in length, and will be facilitated by an instructor. Registration for each class will be taken at the SBA's Small Business Training Network site at www.sba.gov/training. Go to the free online courses section and click on the "Instructor-Facilitated Courses" button to complete your registration