After 12 years of answering entrepreneurial inquiries and watching how people react to the more than 35 websites we run across the United States, we have found the following to be the most asked for resources by entrepreneurs:
- An online directory that can point to the right resource at the right time and is always current
- A calendar of events that is cohesive and shows all events available in a region
- Tailored content about how to specifically start a business in a particular region
Wrapping a website around The Resource Navigator® search tool provides a platform from which to promote entrepreneurial support. Marketing that site as a one-stop shop is what every community dreams of – one place to go for the answers. And, that platform becomes a place to add content that can support the community – like a central calendar, information on how to start a business in your region and celebrating success.
SiteConnex® (formerly WebPlateNow™) web platform will put your entrepreneurial network front and center—directly in the line of sight of entrepreneurs and small business owners who are looking for reliable and relevant resources to start and grow businesses in order to rev your local economy. Websites can be costly to develop and need to be redesigned every 18 months to keep up with technology changes. As part of the SourceLink® affiliate network, updates happen automatically. Optional modules include a jobs board and mentor matching.
In 2010-11, the Iowa General Assembly directed the creation of a one-stop shop where entrepreneurs could find the resources they need to start or grow their businesses. IASourceLink gives exposure to the services and programs that resource partners offer, through a directory, blogs and newsletters. A special section helps aspiring owners find the correct licenses and permits needed to operate in the state of Iowa.