Resources for Early Stage Entrepreneurs

We’ve curated a collection of Entrepreneurship resources, with an emphasis on business support organizations and agencies serving minority, non-traditional and under represented small business owners,  in the Tampa Bay area and beyond. This is not an exhaustive list, nor does inclusion on this list imply endorsement.  Please do your own homework when evaluating resources here or anywhere else, to ensure quality and fit for your small business.

Local & State Organizations

National Organizations

Online Tools 

  • Data Wrapper – A data visualization tool – free with professional-level subscriptions where needed (free acct is great though!)
  • Duns Number – The Dun & Bradstreet D‑U‑N‑S Number is a unique nine-digit identifier for businesses. It stands for “data universal numbering system”.  D‑U‑N‑S Numbers are often referenced by lenders and potential business partners to help predict the reliability and/or financial stability of the company in question. Please Note: This is free do not pay for a DUNS number!
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Florida Expert Net
  • How to Get Certified as a Minority Owned Business (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
  • How to Get Certified as a Women Owned Business (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)  –
  • Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs)
  • Resources for (Free) Copyright-free Media & Marketing
    • Google Images –  Enter your search term (food, art, cats, etc) and in the screen that appears, click on “tools” which appears in the menu bar just below the search box, and right above the images. A bunch of choices will appear below that, among them “Usage Rights”. Select “Creative Commons” and everything that appears will be free to use. The process is similar in other browsers, when you search on images.
    • Pixabay  – for royalty free images and music
    • Bensound – royalty free music

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