(ARA) – Creativity is the key to keeping a small business flourishing in tight economic times. In addition to creativity, there are also other free tools and opportunities small businesses should use to their advantage.
Many resources are available for small business owners to develop a plan for success, including the following:
* Print professional-looking business cards and pass them out and design a great logo for your company.
* Develop a Web site, and see if you can get it linked to your community’s Chamber of Commerce or city Web site. Join sites like Facebook and LinkedIn to broaden your network of people who know who you are and what you do.
* Retail organizations are creating tools for small business owners to find additional resources. Office Depot has created “The Survival of the Smartest” Web site as part of its Small Business Self-Bailout Plan.
Included on the site at www.TheSurvivalOfTheSmartest.com, are videos with smart tips, special product and service offers, small business resource tools, up-to-date news provided through feeds from small business Web sites and blogs, promotions specifically for businesses and expert advice on topics like how to connect your wireless network and how to save money while greening your office.