AMEX, Wells Fargo Launch Small Businesses Projects
Small businesses can use all they help they can get—and two corporate behemoths are offering a leg up. American Express and Wells Fargo are ready to help small businesses grow.
American Express Open has partnered with SCORE to launch a multi-city tour that aims to help small business owners develop strategies and give them the educational and coaching programs they need to identify new opportunities for business growth.
Dubbed the “Small Business High Speed Growth,” the program expands on the previous “Small Business Speed Coaching Test Drive” event series to couples speed coaching with new problem-solving workshops. The 2011 events invite questions on a variety of topics, from surviving the current economy to finding the “right” customers.
For the first time since 2006, growth has surpassed survival as the number one priority for entrepreneurs, according to the American Express OPEN Small Business Monitor. Perhaps further evidence that economic recovery is reaching Main Street, more than one-third (35 percent) plan to hire, the highest level since the fall 2008 survey.
“Small business owners are survivors having held on through uncertain economic times and are now, more than ever, ready to grow and expand their businesses,” says Karen-Michelle Mirko, director of customer advocacy at American Express OPEN. “These growth-focused entrepreneurs require increased support from trusted partners who can lend their expertise on key business issues.”
Meanwhile, Wells Fargo has kicked off its annual Small Business Appreciation Celebration with the launch of a new financial information portal for small business owners. The interactive Business Insight Resource Center offers business owners free access to multimedia content with tips and strategies on how to start, grow, manage, expand and transition businesses.
Visitors to the Resource Center will find hundreds of videos, articles, podcasts and webinars addressing the various aspects of owning and operating a business. Website features allow users to access information by topic, business type, or business stage and can be customized to showcase information most relevant to a small business owner’s needs or interests. Business owners can also share their opinions through online polls and surveys or share valuable content through social media platforms.
“Nothing is more helpful than real-world, practical knowledge being shared by fellow experts and business owners,” says Rich Sloan, co-founder and CEO of StartupNation and host of many videos found on the site. “Wells Fargo has done a great service to my fellow business owners by producing valuable, timely videos with tips and strategies that are easy to apply. The Business Insight Resource Center is filled with great advice that helps owners solve problems and move their businesses forward.”