Pride, ignorance, over confidence, fear. These are all reasons why entrepreneurs do not ask for help. It seems counter-intuitive that a startup or small business that an entrepreneur is trying to get off the ground and pouring his everything into would not ask for some assistance to aid in accomplishing his goals. When you look at entrepreneurs that are ultra-successful, no one thinks that they are weaker because they were a member of a business incubator at the beginning of their journey. They are seen as successful entrepreneurs.
LINC Community Revitalization Inc. is a business incubator that provides services to Kent County. Its program provides free resources, classes and training for startups or small business owners. The program also offers business owners discounted rent rates and resources with legal, marketing and business plan development and networking skills.
There is more to running a business in West Michigan than just putting some formation documents together and opening your doors. Groups like LINC act as a stepping stone and connect new business owners to resources so that they can be financially successful on their own. These connections and lessons learned are things that business owners that don’t ask for help often learn the hard way. Sometimes they are the reason why a business is forced to shut its doors.
Grand Rapids entrepreneurs have a lot of different options of groups and entities to go to and ask help from. These groups and entities are not going to run your business for you but they will help guide you along. There are also businesses that cater their services to startups and small businesses. A startup or new small business should do its homework and find out who can provide them what they need most. When you don’t ask for help, you only hurt yourself.
Source: “LINC small business, community revitalization program sees first graduate” by Kyle Moroney of MLive.com