Professional Resources

Consult with a Lender

Your lender wants to keep you in good standing as that is good for their financial institution.  Establish a relationship with your lender and communicate with them.  They will provide information and advice that will help you.  If you’re having financial needs, discuss this with your lender early on.

Consult with an Attorney

There may be times during the course of your business you will need legal advice or services.  This can be anything from credit and collections, business contracts, partnership agreements, etc.  Work with an attorney that is knowledgeable and one you can have easy accessibility to.

Consult with an Accountant

Even if you choose to do your own books, it would be wise to consult with an accountant at least quarterly.  Be sure the accountant is familiar with your business and that they are trustworthy. Be willing to spend time with your accountant to get them familiar with your business and provide you with the accounting system appropriate for your needs.  You may use an accountant for record-keeping, tax planning, cash flow analysis and other financial advice.

Consult with an Insurance Agent

It’s important to have an insurance agent to consult about your business risks and protecting yourself and your business.

Consult with a Small Business & Technology Development Center

The Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is a statewide network with centers located in multiple counties and cities in the area.  The SBTDC provides free one-on-one counseling with small businesses both start-up and existing businesses, as well as low-cost training seminars. You can make an appointment to meet with a counselor to assist you with business plans, preparing for a lender for a small business loan, market research, digital marketing, management, financial analysis, international marketing assistance, strategic planning, and SBIR assistance.

Consult with a SCORE Counselor

The Columbia SCORE is part of a national nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses. Volunteer SCORE counselors are retired business persons who provide clients with free and confidential business counseling. SCORE mentors also conduct a variety of low-cost educational workshops for establishing and managing a successful business.