Here at BusinessUSA, we are constantly working to provide better services and easier ways to access the government resources that entrepreneurs and businesses are looking for. Recently, we introduced location-based assistance and event databases, made it easier to get help and answer questions you have about the site, and added new, step-by-step guides through some of our most popular subject tiles, allowing users to drill down to information relevant to their unique business situation. These improvements were made with the user experience in mind; we want to make it easy to find what you’re looking for when you visit BusinessUSA
We’re proud of how far we’ve come since the President announced plans for a new front door to access small business and exporting resources from across the federal government. All of the new features and user experience enhancements came with one thing in mind; ensuring that small business owners can turn to BusinessUSA to find exactly what they want, when they want it, in the format that best addresses their needs.
It is with this goal in mind that we are excited to announce several new features that are live now on BusinessUSA.
We’ve added two brand new tiles to our homepage:
Invest in the USA showcases the US as the world's premier business location, and provides easy access to federal programs and services related to business investment.
Help with Hiring Employees allows users to find location-based resources related to recruiting, hiring, training and retaining employees, building on data collected in a partnership between the Department of Labor and CareerOneStop.org.
We’ve also made improvements to some of our existing tiles, adding that step-by-step process for culling information to three more tiles:
Seek Disaster Assistance will now guide both small businesses in need of disaster recovery assistance and those looking to be better prepared for future natural disasters to programs from across the government that can help.
Browse Resources for Veterans now walks veterans through their options for starting their own business, as well as obtaining training, education, financing, and other development assistance.
Expand Exporting now helps businesses that already sell their goods overseas to find new ways to access financing for growing their operations, as well as identify insurance information and investment opportunities.
Lastly, we’ve built one more useful feature into our already feature-rich Start a Business tile. The new “Size-Up Tool” compares your business to competitors and gives you a benchmark on which to build your business. You will be able to see a map of competitors near you, with information on how your business compares, as well as locations of suppliers and places to target your advertising campaign.
We hope you find these new features as useful and exciting as we do. As we continue to add new tools and resources for small business owners and exporters to use, we count on feedback from users, so head over to BusinessUSA today and give our new tools a test drive. If it’s been a while since you’ve paid the site a visit, you can take a tour here. Visit LinkedIn when you’re done to join the discussion, or send us a tweet to let us know what you think. And as always, our Ask a Question and Knowledge Base tools are there to help.