Business: Places for Help
Posted by Philippe on October 17, 2006
Finding help in business is difficult. Generally, you’re lucky if you know someone that can be a mentor to you. Places such as SCORE help for single questions, but are rarely the long term assistance that you need. More often than not, the people that are involved in SCORE are very busy and have other responsibilities — they can not hand hold you through everything.
To help with this, a few communities have been created. When I started one of my own companies a while ago, I started looking for places that could offer this assistance. Most are dead and unused. The most active one that I have found is currently “Small Business Forums“. There’s about 20-25 people who regularly seem to respond to postings and, generally, they appear to have a clue.
Because of the lack of centralization, I created one myself. This one is very heavily in development, but we’re open to allowing people on board. Its called “Small Business Development” and entails articles, whitepapers, and forums — and an online real time community. I’m hoping to actually launch it by January 1, 2007 and have more articles and whitepapers available for review.