Last month, we featured a list of favorite books recommended by our business banking team. But if you’re short on time and looking for a quick fix of information to access on the go, we can help with that too!
As we all know, it can be hard to determine what’s legitimate and what isn’t when it comes to information found on the web. Our business bankers recently compiled a list of their favorite “tried and true” websites related to business and finance to help you cut through the digital clutter. Topics range from business financing to manufacturing, economic forecasts and more.
Small Business Administration - sba.gov
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses across the United States. The SBA website contains information on planning, launching, managing and growing your business, and all that goes with those steps. It truly offers “a little bit of everything” when it comes to small business, including free business counseling, and information on how to find local assistance.
SCORE - score.org
The mission of score.org is to foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education, ensuring everyone has the support necessary to thrive as a small business owner. If you need help starting or growing your business, this site can connect you with mentor – simply enter your ZIP code and your local SCORE chapter will pair you with the right mentor. The site also features a resource library, online training courses and webinars, and even a virtual annual conference.
Systems for Award Management - sam.gov
Systems for Award Management (SAM) is an official website of the U.S. government. There is no cost to use SAM, and it allows you to register to do business with the U.S. government; update, review or check the status of your entity registration; and search for entity registration and exclusion records.
Wisconsin Supply Chain Marketplace - wisupplychainmarketplace.com
The Wisconsin Supply Chain Marketplace directory is affiliated with The New North and provides companies with a convenient avenue to find Wisconsin suppliers in a simple-to-use system that delivers results and supplier solutions. It offers a dynamic platform for suppliers to get their information out to a broader customer base. Suppliers in the marketplace get access to RFPs, RFQs and CFIs with an opportunity to respond to the requests and access new markets.
NEW Manufacturing Alliance - newmfgalliance.org
The NEW Manufacturing Alliance is a group of manufacturers working with educators, workforce development, chambers of commerce and state organizations to promote manufacturing in the Northeast Wisconsin region. The vision of the Alliance is that every Northeast Wisconsin manufacturer will find the talent it needs. The website is a network for manufacturers to collaborate, and also contains an alliance/member directory and a calendar of upcoming networking events. There is also information for job seekers and students considering a career in manufacturing.
Institute for Supply Management - instituteforsupplymanagement.org
The Institute for Supply Management is the first and largest not-for-profit professional supply management organization worldwide. Their mission is to advance the practice of supply management to drive value and competitive advantage, and contribute to a prosperous, sustainable world. Some of our business banking team members use this site to better gauge the direction of this part of the economy. It’s a broad look, with some additional detail for specific segments of the manufacturing sector. The ISM® Report On Business®, Manufacturing and Non-Manufacturing, are two of the most reliable economic indicators available, providing guidance to supply management professionals, economists, analysts, and government and business leaders. These are the first reports available on the first and third business day of each month and have been consistently accurate in indicating the direction of the overall economy and to the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors.
The Taureau Group - taureaugroup.com
The Taureau Group, an affiliate of Schenck, is a good resource for quarterly statistical data, including merger and acquisition activity. The news and articles page contains a wide variety of articles on topics such as capital structuring, tips for avoiding common business pitfalls, deciphering jargon, net working capital and more.
Kiplinger - kiplinger.com
Kiplinger is a publisher of business forecasts and personal finance advice, available both online and in print. The website contains information on creating wealth, investing, retirement, taxes, a real time market update and more. There is also a video library, marketplace and even a variety of quizzes you can take – some educational, some fun and frivolous.
Investors Community Bank - content.investorscommunitybank.com/blog
Get business and financial insights delivered straight to your inbox when you subscribe to the ICB Business Blog. Our experienced business bankers regularly share news and ideas related to financing options, cash management, business growth and acquisition, risk management and fraud protection, and much more. The blog also often features guest posts from other influencers in the Wisconsin business community.
Like these websites, our business bankers offer practical advice and guidance to help your business succeed. To learn more about what we can do to support your business, download our free e-book, 8 Ways Your Banker Can Impact Your Business.