Ed O’Neal is a business owner, inventor and previously served as an adjunct faculty member in the UNC Pembroke School of Business. While building his owner product and business, he leaned heavily on the Thomas Entrepreneurship Hub for support and learned the value of using community resources to grow a business. As an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, he works to help others on a similar journey. Below are four ways Ed believes entrepreneurs can quickly get started building their business.
Information is one an entrepreneurs biggest needs to get started and the information gathered needs to be accessible and accurate. The Sandhills Entrepreneurship Engagement Network (SEEN) exists to provide information and resources to serve the needs of entrepreneurs at any stage of their journey. So, what are ways entrepreneurs can find the information they’re looking for?
1. Google it.
When you Google “starting a business”, you’ll be met with almost 8 billion search results to sift through. Sure, doing your own research is a great place to get some information, but there will be times when you need expert knowledge.
2. Learn as you go.
Learning by trial and error can be powerful. Making small, informed decisions can lead to big opportunities, but making too many mistakes can become expensive.
3. Consult experts.
SEEN gives you easy access to organizations like the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), Small Business Centers and SCORE – all free – who are experts in helping business start-ups and existing businesses solve business problems.
4. Attend trainings and events.
SEEN has a regional-wide events calendar with a range of FREE training offered by Small Business Centers, local Chambers of Commerce and other organizations across a 10-county region that serve entrepreneurs and small business owners.
There is so much information out there that can help you get started. At SEEN, we want to make sure you know about the resources that are readily available to you when you need them. Reach out to our Resource Partners and let them help you start, sustain, and grow your business.
Want to continue the conversation with Ed? Reach out to him at edward.o’firstname.lastname@example.org.