A New Hampshire-based think tank, Knowledge Institute, has launched a public/private networking initiative designed to help small businesses.
Called Buzgate, the initiative aggregates, translates and catalogs thousands of free and low-cost small business assistance programs so that they can be discovered, understood and accessed at the local level in 50 state-based resource networks, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
Anybody can visit the Buzgate Web site, for free, to learn about business development resources offered by agencies such as the U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Veterans Administration and more.
“When doing a Google search for the key words, ‘Free Small Business Help,’ says Deborah Osgood, cofounder of Knowledge Institute, “a business person can expect to receive over 27.2 million options. Captain Buz (as the Buzgate option is called) eliminates the daunting task of drilling down to learn which ones might be suitable by organizing resources based on commonly used terms to describe business-focused interests and needs This includes core menu navigation labels reading free business help and free business solutions, as well as starting, growing, funding, training, networking and succeeding in business.”
The Knowledge Institute headquarters is in Exeter, N.H.