To celebrate National Entrepreneurship Week, which officially begins on February 16, we're taking a look at the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) and the wonderful array of free resources they have available for small businesses, employers and employees, and job searchers. (Please note: TEL is only available to Tennessee residents and, luckily for library card holders, Bristol Public Library patrons.)
The Small Business Resource Center, which is powered by Gale, is a primarily a collection of articles from academic journals and magazines. All articles are fully vetted and categorized to make searching easy. Each section--Plan, Fund, Start, and Manage--has listings of free resources that will allow you to get started on research and planning.
The Small Business Portal offered through USA.gov is also a great resource for learning how to start a small business. To get started, click the "Start Your Own Business" link to learn more about the steps to starting a new business and find out the requirements for taxes, insurance, hiring employees, and more.
USA.gov also has links to the Small Business Administration at https://www.sba.gov, which offers handy resources and guides to planning, launching, managing, and growing your business. Both USA.gov and SBA.gov can be accessed even if you are not a Tennessee resident or a library card holder.
For more information on small business resources, check out the TEL website at https://tntel.info/ or visit your local library.