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Watercooler: Support and info for small businesses
First Published Jan 05 2013 01:01 am • Last Updated May 05 2013 11:32 pm

There’s more support for small business out there than most would think, in the form of business organizations and agencies.

Some small business organizations offer general information and support, while others provide more specialized insights, such as how to apply for a small business loan or tracking expenses. And many of these groups have a presence on the Web.

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If you own a small business or are considering creating one, you might find some helpful tips at one of the following sites:

Association of Small Business Development Centers • Offers measures small businesses can take to ride out an economic downturn, at http://bit.ly/KMfZM.

Better Business Bureau • Provides resource library that includes an array of tips geared toward running a business, at http://bit.ly/TdJwAe.

National Business Association • Nonprofit organization with an article library dedicated to assisting small business owners, at http://www.nationalbusiness.org/articles.

National Federation of Independent Business • Small business association that offers a variety of tools, tips and guidelines, at http://bit.ly/R1QJ8L.

SmartAboutMoney.org • Spotlights eight steps that can help a small business survive, at http://bit.ly/cK0qSs.

U.S. Small Business Administration • Features a small business planner and a wide range of services, including loan and grant information, at http://www.sba.gov

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