Wednesday, November 4, 2009

How to Tap Your Government for Free Resources: 6 Ways to Build a Small Business

Whether you run a small business or plan to start one, you might think of the government for the most part as a surly creature that has to be appeased from time to time. For instance, you need to deal with the bureaucracy in order to register a business, get a permit, or pay a tax.

The dour image of the government could be valid in many cases. On the other hand, a growing number of public agencies are genuinely interested in working closely with local citizens in order to pursue their respective goals. The desire to be of service is especially notable when it comes to promoting innovation and enterprise throughout the community.

Looking back on your experience as an employee, your main interaction was to give up a good chunk of your earnings in the form of taxes to the government. However, things are different when you strike out on your own. As an entrepreneur, you have lots of opportunities to get your money back and then some.

In recent decades, small and midsize firms have accounted for a growing share of product innovation as well as job growth in the economy. Against this backdrop, any government that is not totally incompetent is eager to support the creation and buildup of bantam businesses.

In this article, we’ll look at a number of ways for dealing with public agencies in order to get free help for your business. The final goal of any interaction is a win-win payoff for yourself as well as the government whose role is to serve the community at large.

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