honors the roughly 27.2 million small businesses in America. While some may overlook their economic impact, small businesses still produce 60 to 80 percent of the country's new jobs and more than 50 percent of Americans own or are employed by a small business. Better Business Bureau offers a list of free programs and resources to support small businesses:
Better Business Bureau (BBB): BBB offers programs, tips and alerts to help build a marketplace with better businesses. Start with BBB's Standards of Trust and BBB's Code of Advertising. BBB’s Data Security—Made Simpler resource shows small business owners how to protect their business, employees and customers from data breaches: www.bbb.org/data-security.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC): The FTC offers businesses online tutorials, videos and publications to enhance compliance with fraud prevention laws: www.ftc.gov/bcp/business.
Business.gov: The U.S. Government's official website for small businesses provides a guide to business laws and regulations, government programs and other services needed to successfully run a business: www.business.gov.
Small Business Administration (SBA): As an independent agency of the Federal Government, the SBA offers aid, counseling and assistance to protect small businesses and the economy nationwide: www.sba.gov/localresources. The Small Business Training Network (SBTN), www.sba.gov/training, and the Office of Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), www.sba.gov/aboutsba/sbaprograms/sbdc, provide additional resources.
State resources: Find state licensing requirements and information at http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/occ/home_bus_licensing.htm
. Contact the city to find out if any additional city licensing is required. Additional business tips can be found at: