Now that we’ve reached the midpoint of National Small Business Week, I hope that you’ve been patronizing and supporting your local independent businesses. These companies create the bulk of jobs across the country – the U.S. Small Business Administration reports that small firms account for two out of every three new jobs created every year and more than half of all Americans work at companies with fewer than 500 employees.
And while the economic landscape for many small businesses remains challenging, there are some programs and offers designed to make things a little easier for our small business friends.
In fact, here are a couple examples, one local and one national, of companies supporting small businesses by offering free or discounted services.
First is www.ezonlinefiling.com, a Collierville-based company that specializes in business filings for LLCs and corporations. The firm serves entrepreneurs across the country, but doesn’t have a significant footprint in Tennessee. Founder Scott Weddle wants to change that.
So, for the remainder of 2013, Weddle is reaching out specifically to startups and businesses in Tennessee and offering EZ Online Filing’s services for free.
Here’s more from a message Weddle sent me:
“To celebrate our growth, we decided to give back to small businesses in some way and that idea grew into an opportunity for the Tennessee community specifically. We have a promotion that lets Tennessee customers use our service without paying our service fee or even shipping charges on our Basic Package order. The only thing they have to pay is any state or county fees related to the filing they need us to complete for them. To make our idea a reality as quickly as we could, we created a coupon code that anyone can use on our website when they start a company in Tennessee. The code is TN58FREE. Using this code removes all of our fees on a Basic Package order so the customer only has to pay for the state filing fee. On any other package, it will remove the same $58 from the total, leaving the customer to pay for the state fee and the upgraded offerings in that particular package.”
Weddle hopes his company will benefit from the promotion through a larger client list and also gain more visibility in his home state. He encourages entrepreneurs to check out the website and check out the offer.
Now on to a larger operation: Office Depot is celebrating National Small Business Week by promoting its SmallBizClub.com, described as “a free, one-stop-resource for business advice and tools from the nation’s leading SMB experts.”
The corporation is also rolling out several new programs for small businesses this week in conjuntion with the 50th anniversary of National Small Business Week.
Here’s more from Office Depot:
“Office Depot is committed to being the partner of choice for small businesses by providing a complete range of products and services they need to start, grow and ultimately succeed in today’s highly competitive environment,” said Bob Moore, executive vice president and chief marketing and merchandising officer for Office Depot.
During Small Business Week, Office Depot will also introduce several new resources to continue supporting small businesses:
- Office Depot Rewards, a new rewards program providing small businesses with the ability to choose how they get rewarded. Members earn points in so many ways, from shopping and connecting to recycling with us. They receive monthly rewards certificates, issued for every 1,000 points. Members also receive personalized promotions on products or services that are relevant to them, access to special in-store events and exclusive pre-sale offers on new products.
- Small Biz Essentials – a shopping experience with carefully selected products and services for small business owners; and
- Useful gadgets such as the Logitech Ultrathin Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard and Mophie external battery chargers.
Success Saturday, a free online coaching and networking event presented by SmallBizClub.com and designed specifically for small business owners, will be filmed at Small Business Week, in Washington, D.C. and will feature Mark Dobosz, President at The SCORE Foundation, a non-profit business consulting association. The webcast titled “How to find mentors to help you start or grow your business” will air Saturday, June 29 at 11:00 a.m. For more information on Success Saturday, including previous topics, visit www.SmallBizClub.com.
To learn more, visit: http://news.officedepot.com.