Getting Business Advice; An Opportunity to Shape how the Government Serves You
by Caron_Beesley, Community Moderator
- Created: June 18, 2009, 7:58 am
Whatever stage you are in with your business, one thing is certain -
you will always need reliable and helpful advice. This is perhaps even
truer during these recessionary times when many business decisions are
burdened by an element of risk.
What might surprise you is that the government has its pulse on your needs in this regard - and wants to help.
Where do you go for Business Advice?
It’s highly doubtful that any small business owner relies on a single
source for business advice. No matter how much you love your spouse,
lawyer, bank manager, SBA Advisor or business magazine, getting a good
mix of advice is always going to provide you with several options on
which to base your decisions or actions.
For the most part, we all turn to five or six trusted resources that we consider our go-to trusted advisors.
Of course, these aren’t always men in suits sitting behind a desk - the
savvy business owner will seek advice from a diverse pool of Web-based
But whatever your resources, the government is interested in hearing about them - from you.
Share Your Preferred Expert Resources and Help Steer how Government Helps You
Through July 7, the Business.gov Community,
the first government-sponsored online community for small business, is
giving you the opportunity to share and vote on your favorite sources
of business advice, both with your peers and with the government.
And because this is an open forum, you can also suggest ways in which
you think the government can improve how it provides and delivers small
business advice. So if you want the Business.gov site to emulate
features from your favorite business Web sites, this is your chance to
have a voice.
What will the Government do with this Information?
This 'Ideas Exchange' is not an exercise in snooping, but instead reflects the new administration’s spirit of 'open government'. Quite simply, the government wants to engage and learn from you. As do your peers!
As well as providing a greater variety of real-world resources to other
small business owners through the suggestions you provide, Business.gov
uses your feedback and suggestions to help provide a more robust
information platform for small business owners. The 'Ideas Exchange'
has already generated new ideas that the developers of the site have
taken on board to help provide a more seamless and useful experience
for its members.
Opening the Doors to Government - One Step at a Time
program, was launched in March 2009 hot on the heels of the White
House’s mission to create a transparent and connected democracy.
The community already has almost 3,500 members. It provides small
business owners, bloggers, and the government with a place to discuss
and share information about starting and running a successful business
in a familiar online community environment.
The Business.gov Community is constantly evolving, and with this 'Ideas
Exchange' business owners actually have an opportunity to steer the
direction it takes - to better serve your needs.
So go on, the government is listening - now’s your chance to make it work for you!
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