There are many resources available online for business managers and owners to use. This is just a quick reference guide for a few that I have found at C Business Services to be helpful. Please contact me if you are looking for specific resources or think I am missing something valuable. I would love to help you research and help others by putting your ‘go-to’ resource on the list.
»The US Small Business Administration is a great place to find resources to help start or build your business. Loans and business counseling are readily available. In addition, regional and district offices offer ongoing education sessions, networking events, and financing options.
»SCORE is technically connected to the SBA, but it’s worth mentioning in its own right. SCORE is a completely free country-wide network of business mentors. These mentors volunteer to work with small business owners like you to help them develop and grow business plans.
According to SCORE, business owners who receive three or more hours of mentorship report higher revenues and increased growth. So no matter the type of small business you run, SCORE just might be the small business association that brings you to the next level of success.
»The local chamber of commerce is one of the best small business associations for small businesses that sell B2B—since there’s a shot you’ll find customers through chamber of commerce events. As a member, you’ll also have access to professional development workshops, small business newsletters, and FedEx shipping discounts. The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce has “Make it Monday” forum almost every Monday of the year. The topics vary and as a member, you can submit your own topic/presentation – putting you directly in front of hundreds of local businesses.
»BNI is one of the best small business associations for business owners who want to get serious about networking. BNI has more than 7,500 chapters for networking meetups for small business owners, so you’re bound to find one in your area.
BNI membership is a little different than other small business associations. You’ll have to apply and be approved to join BNI, and only one member per industry is allowed in each group and session. So if you end up being approved, it could be great for your small business. You will be the representative voice for your industry, and your small business will seem more authoritative for it.
Excellent resource for Medical Practice Managers – www.mgma.org – has Career connections, Communities for questions, Educational resources (webinars, conferences, and books), Benchmarking statistics, Certification and Fellowship opportunities and much more.
Frank Cohen is a master of data. His company, the Frank Cohen Group, is a great resource for data and tools to help understand and benchmark your medical practice. Gain information and see the products available at www.frankcohengroup.com
Connect to your specialty societies whenever possible. Sometimes there are more than one, so pick the one that works best for you! We can’t recommend one over another:
- American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology – Practice Management
- American Academy of Family Physicians
- American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- American Academy of Neurology / American Neurological Association
Even physicians need assistance with leadership. This association is devoted to helping physician leaders achieve the skills and knowledge needed to successfully lead their organization – American Association for Physician Leaders
Other Website Resources
Other resources for compliance, healthcare, and leadership include: