Hey Small Businesses….some resources for you! Part 1.

PickaPen is in the same boat as many of you out there. We are a small business that is just starting out and finding ways to grow our company.

Some of our blog posts in the upcoming months; we can share some useful resources that we found to help grow our company.

In 2015, we have a huge advantage over businesses that started 10+ years ago, and that of course is the advancement of the Internet. This first area of opportunity that we wanted to share with our small business “friends” is the internet forums. Here are a couple of forums that can be used to share ideas among all small business.

OPEN Forum https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/openforum/commercial/
This is a community hosted by American Express to provide tools to small business owners that allow them to collaborate and share ideas. You do not need to be an American Express cardmember to join!!
I recently did some exploring of OPEN Forum- and this is what I found!
First I would look at the Explore Topics drop-down- there are lot of interesting articles that I found very informative. As I am writing this blog, I found an article called “How to be a more effective writer”, which was very helpful!
Take some time to explore this site- and you can also connect with other small business owners via OPEN.

Meetup.com
These are actual groups where you can meet face-to-face with others in your interest group. I recently went to a meeting for the “Marketing, Advertising and PR group” in NYC. It was such a great experience. I was able to bounce ideas off of some professionals in the Marketing industry. We also critiqued another e-commerce website that I was able to get some ideas for my own.