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Where is the best information on opening an online business? Any free resources?


Caitlyn Duclaw Pawtucket, RI

I am looking to open an online business and I am not sure where to start but I know I want it to be manageable since I am working full time and I am in school.

19 September 2020 5 replies Small Business



Sherry Wynn Austin, TX

Hello Caitlyn

IBM offers a free platform with a lot of great content and strategies for small business owners. Check it out here:


Ilka Farley Anna, OH

Chamber of commerce would be one option. depending on where you live there may also be some government assistance departments that can help with information on how to get started. I would take a look at you local government site.


Jerry Welsh Middleville, MI

I would echo Barron. The US Chamber of Commerce, on a local basis has a number of programs, one being SCORE. They also have access to SBA representatives. A business plan used to be a 20 page endeavor, it has been down sized. I would also look for groups on LinkedIn and Facebook or small on line business owners. You would be surprised how much information is available from peers. Thanks for your service and God Bless.


Barron Evans Ann Arbor, MI

P.S. found a SCORE chapter in Providence.


Barron Evans Ann Arbor, MI

Caitlyn...foremost, thank you for your service.

I would explore your local S.C.O.R.E. chapter -- funded by the SBA -- whom provide gratis small business counsel. You may need to reach outside of your RI locale, but SCORE is national, and support clients regardless of geos:

Best wishes for success with your endeavor!

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