Preservation of our local, small businesses is critical to preservation of place.  Walmart doesn’t tug at your heartstrings when you think of your hometown, the local Mom & Pop store you went to for penny-candy does.  Since it’s  National Small  Business Week this week, we’re offering a few of our “must use” small business resources in support of those awesome small businesses across the US that are helping up create and maintain our senses of place.

 

 

The US Small Business Administration – Support for Small Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

Their 2013 Resource Guide goes into detail on the programs and services they offer.

 

Seth Godin – Ground-breaking Marketing for Small Businesses

The entrepreneur of all entrepreneurs, Seth Godin is an American entrepreneur, author and public speaker.  Godin’s premise is three-fold:

1. Business marketers no longer have the power to command the attention of anyone they choose, whenever they choose.

2.  Consumers now have more power and marketers must show more respect; no spam, no deceit, keep promises, use “permission marketing” to provide only things that are “anticipated, personal, and relevant”.

3.  Godin believes that the only way to spread the word about something is for that something to earn the buzz by being remarkable – he refers to this as a “purple cow”.

 

MSNBC’s “Your Business” – Online Resources for Small Businesses

MSNBC currently runs the only tv show dedicated to small business owners – the “Your Business” segment that runs on Sunday mornings at 7:30am.  Hosted by JJ Ramberg, the show covers topics like, marketing, effective leadership, creating company culture,  crowd-funding, managing social media, dealing with bad reviews, and much to much to cover in detail here.

The Your Business website also has a discussion forum that you can join for networking and discussion with other small business members.

 

HUD’s Small Business Resource Guide for Pennsylvania

NOTE: If you would like to see the resource listings for another, state – visit the website and click on “Go Back to the Main State and Local List” link towards the top.

State Agencies
Small Business Resource Center
Small Business Advocate
Entrepreneur Assistance Office
Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority
Small Business First Division
Women’s Business Development
Minority Business Development
Small Business First Division
Enterprise Development ProgramDepartment of Community and Economic Development
374 Forum Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120http://www.teampa.com
(800) 280-3801
(717) 783-2525
(717) 783-8950
(717) 783-1108
(717) 783-5046
(717) 787-3339
(717) 787-9147
(717) 783-5046
(717) 783-8950
Small Business Administration
Harrisburg Branch Office
100 Chestnut Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 782-3840
Fax: (717) 782-4839
Philadelphia District Office
900 Market Street, 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 580-2722
Fax: (215) 580-2762
Pittsburgh District Office
100 Liberty Avenue
Federal Building, Room 1128
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4004
(412) 395-6560
Fax: (412) 395-6562
Wilkes-Barre Branch Office
20 N. Pennsylvania Avenue
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-3589
(717) 826-6497
Fax: (717) 826-6287
Small Business Development Centers
For Small Business Development Centers in the State of Pennsylvania, please visit the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center Network at:http://www.pasbdc.org/
SCORE Offices
ltoona SCORE
Mr. Donald Wissinger, Chairperson
1212 12th Avenue
Altoona, PA 16601
(814) 942-9054
Central Pennsylvania SCORE
Mr. Bob Allen, Chairperson
200 Innovation Boulevard – Suite 242B
State College, PA 16803
(814) 234-9415
Erie SCORE
Mr. Larry Brown, Chairperson
120 West Ninth Street
Erie, PA 16501
(814) 871-5650
Huntingdon Satellite Office
Mr. Glen Stampfle, Chairperson
Hunt Tower – 500 Allegheny Street
Huntingdon, PA 16652
(814) 643-3126
McKeesport Satellite Office
Ms. Donna Tollner, Office Manager
301 Fifth Avenue
McKeesport, PA 15132
(412) 664-1219
Meadville Satellite Chapter
Ms. Sara Vernier, Chairperson
628 Arch Street, Box A201
Meadville, PA 16335
(814) 337-5194
Mon Valley SCORE
Mon Valley Business Development Center
Mr. Herman Meade, Chairperson
435 Donner Avenue
Monessen, PA 15062
(724) 684-4277
Pittsburgh SCORE
Mr. Walt Becker, Chairperson
Federal Building
1000 Liberty Avenue, Room 1314
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 395-6560 ext. 130
Uniontown SCORE
Mr. Dan Radman, Chairperson
140 North Beeson Avenue
Uniontown, PA 15401
(724) 437-4222
Westmoreland SCORE
Saint Vincent College
Mr. Ron McKenzie, Chairperson
Placid Hall – 2nd Floor
300 Fraser Purchase Road
Latrobe, PA 15650
(724) 539-7505
Minority Business Development Agency
MBDA District Office
600 Arch Street, Room 10128
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 861-3598
Fax: (215) 861-3595
Minority Business Development Centers
Philadelphia Minority Business Development Center
Mulberry Atrium Building
105 – 107 N. 22nd Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 496-9100
Fax: (215) 496-0980
Minority/Women/Native American Development Centers
Allegheny West Civic Council, Inc.
Women’s Business Enterprise Center
Ms. Chloe Velazquez, Business Services Director
901 Western Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
(412) 321-5660
Fax: (412) 321-5673
E-mail:
[email protected]
Women’s Business Development Center
Ms. Gerri Swift, President
1315 Walnut Street, Suite 1116
Philadelphia, PA 19107-4711
(215) 790-9232
Fax: (215) 790-9231
E-mail:
[email protected]
Opportunities with Public Housing Authorities (PHA)
See PHA contact information at:http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/pha/contacts/index.cfm
Opportunities with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) recipients
See CDBG contact information at:http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/communitydevelopment/programs/contacts/