Small Business Development Centers Back in the researching your business post, I mentioned the Small Business Development Centers as a great research tool. The SBDC are part of the Small Business Administration and are located across the country. There are centers in all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, and US territories. The purpose of the SBDCs are to provide business owners or prospective business owners with tools to help start or grow their business at little to no cost. A center can help with a business plan, marketing, financial projections, cost analysis or buying or selling a business. The current flyer I have for the Kansas SBDC(KSBDC) I use, announces workshops in cutting costs by going green, funding your business, building a business plan, Quickbooks instructions, and state tax workshops. On top of this, their outreach center is listing workshops on using social media. If there is a cost for the workshop, it is minimal. The SBDCs also provide one on one confidential counseling with qualified business leaders. When I chose to start my own tax practice, I used the Wichita KSBDC to learn about business plans and then worked with a counselor to polish my plan for bank submission. I kept in contact one I was up and running for business reviews and support. So, you don't have to do your business all alone. You can always find help at your local SBDC. For locations, check here.