In these trying times, it is extremely challenging to figure out which source you can trust for right business information. There is an overwhelming amount of conflicting information. How does one know which source to trust and where to turn to for business advice and guidance? Here are three sources of unbiased information every business owner should consider:
# 1: Specialized Chambers of Commerce
Chambers of Commerce are inherently designed to promote healthy interactions and support local businesses in their communities. For example, the Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) has been supporting local businesses with an all-volunteer Board of top executives since YYYY. Chamber members benefit from tapping into a wealth of information offered through business networking programs, summits, expos, business development workshops, seminars, and other special programs and events. By joining a local Chamber, you can reach out to other business owners and experts for advice and guidance without worrying about vested interests. Chamber membership staff are a great resource to request an introduction to a fellow member or business leader.
# 2: Local Economic Development Authorities
Your local Economic Development Authority (EDA) is a great resource to help promote your business, help with market research that you need to expand your business, and to get referrals to other valuable resources that can help you. Often your local Chamber of Commerce and EDAs work very closely together. For example, the Asian American Chamber of Commerce is co-located with the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA). While EDA’s missions are very different, a Chamber membership can help you navigate and connect with the right resource.
# 3: Local Government Business Resources
In your local community and also connected with some of your local Chambers, there are a number of Government business resources such as SCORE, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs), and more. These organizations have volunteers who help businesses navigate through business related questions and may refer to you to additional resources.
There are always the larger association non-profits and membership organizations where you can get lost as just a number and not a valuable member. An intimate Chamber will provide you with the value for your membership and not reach out just once a year when it’s time to renew your membership.