Free Small-Business Tools from Google, SBA and More

As the U.S. Small Business Administration celebrates National Small Business Week 2014 (on Twitter #SBW2014) in locations across the country, businesses and brands are taking part, too, with free online tools and resources especially for startup business owners.

Google has assembled several free tools for small-business owners on its National Small Business Week page to help you create your Google+ business page, upload videos to YouTube, measure your site traffic and even “Androidify yourself and your team members” with a free game app.

Twitter Small Biz is a year-old initiative which launched to educate small-business owners about Twitter ads, but has expanded its role as an educational resource for entrepreneurs. For National Small Business Week, they created the Small Business Guide to Twitter with tips for writing Tweets for direct response versus engagement and more.

As the home of all things small business, the U.S. Small Business Administration offers a host of free tools for entrepreneurs.

The Business Plan Tool provides a step-by-step guide to writing your business plan that can be completed one section at a time on its secure, login-only site. This tool will update the status of your business plan until complete, save it for up to six months after your last login date and allow you to download the finished PDF.

At SBA’s Small Business Learning Center, watch videos and more comprehensive online training modules on topics ranging from customer service, cybersecurity, franchising and crowdfunding to SBA’s loan guarantee programs, government contracting and more.


Journalist, podcaster and southpaw Shelby Skrhak is the former director of digital content and social media for Before joining SUCCESS magazine, Shelby launched the weekly suburban newspaper Plano Insider, and covered topics ranging from cops and courts to transportation and fashion. Her handwriting should be a font.

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