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America’s SBDC

America's SBDC (Small Business Development Centers) is the nation's largest network of resources for small businesses. It has almost 1,000 local centers that provide free consulting and low-cost training to help small businesses start, grow, and succeed. You can find your local SBDC center by entering your state or zip code on the America's SBDC website.

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National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE)

Networking groups for entrepreneurs can help you build relationships with other business owners in your area and across the country. The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) is a great resource for small business owners with 10 or fewer employees.

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National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) offers a variety of resources for small businesses, including free guides, online presentations, and webinars. NFIB also offers additional resources for members, such as research and legal channels.

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US Small Business Administration (SBA)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers a variety of free resources to help entrepreneurs start, grow, or sell their businesses. These resources include informative content, interactive online tools, and a video library. The SBA also offers mentoring services, export assistance programs, and financial resources.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business organization, and it advocates for business-friendly policies, supports local chapters, and provides free resources for entrepreneurs. You can find many virtual events and informative guides on small business topics on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business page.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

SCORE is a non-profit organization that provides free resources to small business owners. These resources include webinars, interactive courses, business templates, and local workshops. SCORE also offers mentorship opportunities to any citizen or permanent resident who owns a business or wants to start one. The mentors are experienced business owners who can provide guidance and support to help you grow your business.

AI Tools

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FlexClip

FlexClip is a cloud-based online video editing tool that empowers users to create professional-looking videos with an intuitive interface and a wealth of AI-powered features.

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Jasper

Jasper is an AI writing assistant capable of producing a 1,500-word article in less than 15 minutes.The platform has more than 50 AI content generation templates.

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Pictory

Pictory is an AI video maker that allows you to create and edit high-quality videos without any experience in video editing or design.

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Plus AI

This tool uses Generative AI to help users create and edit presentations in Google Slides. The AI-powered suggestions are a great way to save time and get professional-looking results.

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Ssemble

Ssemble is an online video editor that assembles all the AI tools and resources needed for video editing. Moreover, you can apply awesome transition effects and VFX to it.

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Unriddle

Unriddle is a tool to help you read, write and learn faster. Simplify complex topics, find info, ask questions and get answers instantly.

Education & Business Planning

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Alison

Alison is a full suite of online business courses that will allow access to thousands of accredited courses with certification. Courses provide a rich learning experience that will allow you to develop critical business skills in areas such as business management, leadership, entrepreneurship and more.

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Bplans

Bplans is a platform for writing business plans and managing the process to secure funding. It provides over 500 free business-plan templates from various industries to help you write your own.

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Class Central

Learn Business, earn certificates with free online courses from Harvard, Stanford, MIT, University of Pennsylvania and other top universities around the world. Read reviews to decide if a class is right for you.

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Coursera

Start, switch, or advance your career with more than 5,800 courses, Professional Certificates, and degrees from world-class universities and companies.

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MIT Open Courseware

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a free and open collection of course materials from MIT, covering the entire MIT curriculum. Anyone can use OCW to learn at their own pace, whether they are a student, a teacher, or simply someone who is curious about learning.

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U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. Census Bureau provides detailed statistics about U.S. businesses. The Census Business Builder tool offers select demographic and economic data tailored to specific users.

Finance

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Grants.gov

Under the President's Management Agenda, the office was chartered to deliver a system that provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. Today, the Grants.gov system houses information on over 1,000 grant programs and vets grant applications for federal grant-making agencies.

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The IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center

The IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center is a great resource for small businesses and self-employed individuals who need help with their taxes. The Center provides free resources, including: tax guides, online tools and webinars. The Center is available to taxpayers who file Form 1040 or 1040-SR and small businesses with assets under $10 million.

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FDIC: Money Smart for Small Business

Improve your financial literacy with 13 modules for starting and managing a business. The materials and instructor-led curriculum were developed jointly by the Small Business Administration and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

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Nav

Nav is a financial health platform that offers small businesses curated financing options from over 160 partners and tools. It helps small businesses find out what they qualify for before applying, and provides a customized shortlist of the best options for loans, credit cards, checking accounts, business formation services, and insurance.

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Hello Alice

Hello Alice is a free platform designed for and by small business owners. They work on behalf of over one million small business owners to secure relevant business solutions and funding opportunities for you and your business.

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Wave

Wave Accounting is free financial software that allows small businesses to manage their bookkeeping, accounting and invoicing in one place.

Sales & Marketing

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Clickup

ClickUp is a versatile marketing tool that can help you handle many aspects of your marketing including task management, content planning and creation, goal tracking and more.

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DesignCap

DesignCap is an intuitive online graphic design platform aimed at simplifying the process of creating stunning visual content. With a user-friendly interface and a wide array of customizable templates, DesignCap empowers users to design anything from infographics to presentations with ease.

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Google for Small Business

A Google Business Profile, formerly Google My Business, can drive customers to your brick-and-mortar storefront and online platform. It also offers many free tools for entrepreneurs and small teams, including Google Workspace and Google Drive.

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Google Keyword Planner

This free tool makes it easy to find the right keywords for your content. Just plug in a few phrases or words related to your topic, focus in on your audience and the tool tells you what keywords to consider.

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Help a Reporter Out (HARO)

If you are looking to gain publicity for your business, Help a Reporter Out (HARO) is a great resource. HARO connects journalists with qualified sources, and you can use it to get your business quoted in well-known publications. This can help you generate backlinks to your website, which can improve your search engine ranking.

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HubSpot

HubSpot is a cloud-based CRM tool that offers free and paid courses through its HubSpot Academy. The Academy provides ongoing education for your entire team, from leaders to department supervisors to employees. There are several programs available, including free online courses and longer certification sessions.

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