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A reminder to small business owners: You don’t have to figure it out all on your own.

Starting a business is hard, especially when you don’t really know where to start or have the right tools + resources. But how do you know which resources are the best for you and where can you find them?

This page was curated for the entrepreneur looking to start or grow their business successfully. We have carefully compiled a list of both free and paid resources available for you to build a business you can be proud of.

From visual to financial resources, we have just about everything you need to get going or elevate your current position.

Welcome to Your Resource Library!

Mailchimp

Offers a free subscription account that allows you to connect with your audience and prospective supporters through email marketing. With Mailchimp, you can send your viewers’ customized emails for different events or categories in your business. You are allowed up to 1000 subscriptions before you have to pay for more storage; this gives you plenty of time to grow a solid brand and generate some revenue to put back into your business and marketing tools.

Pinterest

 Take your marketing one extra step with Pinterest; make a cool graphic for your blog post, videos, or call to action. If you don’t use the app you should really consider starting; Pinterest is a great tool to bring more traffic to your business.

Marketing Land

For digital marketing news and industry updates.

Google My Business

Get your business registered with Google, customize your brand description and hours.

Grammarly

This tool should be installed on everyone’s computer in my opinion. There’s nothing worse than reading something that’s terribly written. Grammarly helps make sure you fix all spelling and grammatical errors in everything your writing from, a corporate document to a simple email, when Grammarly is installed you’ll always know what needs to be corrected.

Sniply

Easy to use call-to-action tool

Yelp

Register your business to be easily located and to collect reviews and testimonials.

Kickstarter

Crowd-fund via pre-selling your products

Indiegogo crowd-fund 

Offers donations with a focus on arts and creative projects, including some which aren’t allowed on Kickstarter.

Go Fund Me

A for-profit crowdfunding platform that allows people to raise money for events  such as projects, celebrations, and graduations to challenging circumstances like accidents and illnesses

Score

This nonprofit website gives free business advice and offers affordable workshops from $20-$75

Startup Nation

 Provides information and assistance with tools and resources needed to start a business.

WordPress 

A custom visual site builder with a variety of themes and integrations for e-commerce, blogs, portfolios, newsletters, etc. This platform is recommended from experience. WordPress offers the opportunity to develop a unique custom website and is usually designed from start to finish to match your needs.

Squarespace

Visual site builder with a variety of themes and integrations for e-commerce, blogs, portfolios, newsletters, etc.

Shopify

For e-commerce and online stores.

Trello

A digital project management tool used to plan and execute small and large projects. This collaboration tool offers a free and premium option and is recommended from experience.

Google Drive

Is free and offers a universal destination for all company files making it easier for anyone with permission to access documents and is recommended from experience.

Dropbox

A tool to store company files for easy access. 

Slack

A business communication tool that offers many features, including chat rooms organized by topic, private groups, and direct messaging.

Streak

A simple CRM plugin for Gmail to help manage and share your sales leads.

Basecamp

I use it for project management with external teams who don’t know our Trello workflow

Stormboard

An online virtual whiteboard that allows you to collaborate in real-time.

Meldium

Team password sharing and management tool.

Unsplash

Unsplash claims over 207,000 photographers and generates more than 17 billion photo impressions per month with a growing library of over 2 million free beautiful high resolution images .

Pexels

Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Pexels license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through our discover pages. Pexels also offers stock video clips as well.

Picjumbo

Created in 2013 by designer & photographer Viktor Hanacek. It all started when all regular stock photo sites rejected his photos due to “lack of quality”. Two years later, over 2,500,000 pictures from Picjumbo were downloaded and now it’s one of the best sites with free stock photos.

Reshot

Reshot offer free icons, illustrations and photos that come with commercial licenses.

Canva

 This is the best tool for creating graphics, Instagram story layouts, style guides, flyers, pdf. Files, and so much more. Can act as a graphic design tool but without all the hard work.  You can create so much with the free version of this site’s software, with the right direction, Canva can really help you take your brand’s aesthetic to the next level.

Entrepreneur

Carries news stories about entrepreneurship, small business management, and business.

Black Enterprise

A business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans.

Forbes

Published biweekly, it features original articles on finance, industry, investing, and marketing topics. Forbes also reports on related subjects such as technology, communications, science, and law.

Bloomberg

The global leader in business and financial data, news, and insight.

Hacker News

Offers daily news for startup folks and hackers.

Product Hunt

Offers daily new products.

SkillShare

Classes are authentic, actionable, and designed to help you bring what you’ve learned into the real world.

Seth Godin’s Startup School

15 audio episodes covering Seth’s take on getting entrepreneurial

Moz Learn

The Moz SEO Certification will give you the foundational knowledge you need to execute on SEO projects.

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