RBA promotes online help for entrepreneurs
The Rockland Business Association has formed a partnership with IBM Corp. of Armonk and IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank, to promote a free online toolkit (http://us.smetoolkit.org) aimed to help minority entrepreneurs.
The SME Toolkit focuses on assistance for small and medium business owners in emerging markets as well as women, black, Hispanic, native American, and Asian entrepreneurs. The site includes highly developed business information, tools, and training services. Specialized pages are dedicated to Green business, technology, and business planning.
Among other things, thereâ€™s an online calculator that helps small businesses determine their readiness for financing; free software to build a Web site; free forms for worker performance evaluations; community tools such as online conferencing, blog capability, group calendars, survey and quiz builders to help small businesses make decisions; and a multilingual business directory to help small businesses link locally, regionally and globally.
The RBA will provide a link to the site on its Web site (www.rocklandbusiness.org) where it will be available to both members and nonmembers. The organization said it will promote the toolkit to its members and will hold user-training sessions in the future.