“A” FOR ADVICE
Whether you’re a CPA with small business or
sole proprietor clients or you’re interested in
leading your own firm, the Small Business
Administration is here to help. This Smart Stop
offers free online training in business planning
and management, marketing and advertising, federal
taxes, compliance and cyber security. Prepare for
the future with guidance on disaster planning,
contract opportunities and loan eligibility.
Looking for a more personal experience? Use the
site to locate the nearest Small Business
Development Center or Women’s Business Center.
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
With plenty of day-to-day responsibilities,
it’s hard for small business owners to step back
and look at the big picture: their financial
future. Take some time to use CCH’s Financial
Planning Toolkit, which provides resources on
commercial loans, working capital and profit
margins, as well as dozens of calculators for debt
management, investments, tax and personal finance.
Click on “Planning Guide” and “Planning Tools” for
guidance on risk management, taxes, retirement and
estate planning, including “Ages and Stages
Approach to Investing” and “Tax Year and
This site delivers how-tos for life and work
right to your desktop. You can purchase courses
that help you master a computer program, build a
Web site or learn how to negotiate successfully.
Its skills training offerings include series of
courses on sales and organizational development,
personal finance and Internet marketing. Free
offerings include step-by-step guides ranging from
the everyday—how to clean your computer or how to
remove spyware—to the workday—how to identify your
customers or choose office furniture.
THE NAMETAG NETWORK
According to Scott Ginsberg, author of
Make a Name for Yourself and How To
Be That Guy , speaker and self-professed
“Guy with the Nametag,” approachability is key to
successful branding and professional prowess; he
would know—Ginsberg has worn a nametag 24 hours a
day, seven days a week, since 2000. His blog,
published since 2003, provides tips, ideas,
stories and techniques on approachability and
selling yourself and your business. Interested in
growing your practice or marketing new services?
Browse subjects like “People Buy People First,”
“Law of Approachability” and “Don’t Sell—Enable
People to Buy.”
FOR CUBICLE WARRIORS
Getting lost in a cubicle corporation? Use
Scot Herrick’s site to launch your career over the
partitioned wall. Click the “Career Management
Resources” link for articles on leadership,
interviewing and working with management, or read
the “30 Career Management Tips” series, which
includes “Know Why You Work Where You Work,”
“Network Through Change,” and “Watch What People
Do, Not What They Say.” The site also features
links to dozens of career management and
productivity Web sites.
FOR PEOPLE PEOPLE
As an online community for human resources
professionals, HR World features news, tools and
information for small, medium and large companies.
Resource centers host articles and white papers on
benefits, HR outsourcing, management and payroll.
An extensive collection of calculators can help
you tally the cost of employee turnover,
retirement planning, bad hires, stock options and
more. The dictionary covers common industry
terms—even “lunch.” The “Ask the Experts” section
lets you post inquiries and get feedback from
others in the field.
MORE THAN JUST NEWS
Knowledge@Wharton is the online business
journal of the University of Pennsylvania’s
Wharton School, focusing on research and analysis
of current events. The site features news,
interviews, book reviews and research abstracts on
topics such as finance and investments, marketing,
business ethics and managing technology. No time
to browse? There’s an option to download video and
podcasts or subscribe to newsfeeds. There are also
interactive features, such as the “CFO Survey” on
current issues in financial leadership, results of
which will be published in a white paper.