English: Resources for EntrepreneursLast month I spoke about the importance of asking yourself some basic questions and spending time to analyze and research them to have a better chance of starting a successful business. Although it is important that you personally take the time to answer them honestly, there are various organizations that can help guide you and provide you with resources, expertise and valuable information. Here are some of the local organizations that can help you. And best of all, most of their service are free or low cost.
1. Berks County Latino Chamber of Commerce- They provide leadership and support to the Latino business community thru networking events, trainings and seminars, and resources to help you start and grow your business. They can be reached at 610-616-5610. www.latinochamber.net. 2. Community First Fund is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide capital in places where it is not usually available. They provide entrepreneurs with access to financing for projects that generate jobs, create affordable housing and help to revitalize communities. They can be reached at 610-685-4940. communityfirstfund.org/. 3. Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce- They provide guidance and connections to the information and resources you need to start and grow your business. They also provide education and training, have access to subject matter experts and help you build necessary relationships. They can be reached at 610-376-6766. www.greaterreadingchamber.org. 4. SCORE is made up of volunteer mentors with rich and varied business backgrounds. They support business development through free, confidential business advice and mentoring and low cost workshops. They can be reached at 610-376-3497. berksschuylkill.score.org/. 5. Small Business Development Center/ Latino Business Resource Center- Their business consultants come from a variety of industries and have attained professional degrees and years of practical business experience. They offer one-on-one counseling on various topics as well as workshops. They can be reached at 484-646-4003. www.kutztown.edu.