SOURCE: Business Owner's Toolkit

May 15, 2008 05:00 ET

StartMeUp! Helps New Businesses Launch With Free, Personalized Assistance

Free Program Builds Confidence and Success for Business Owners, Despite Difficult Times

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - May 15, 2008) - Only a fraction of America's would-be entrepreneurs actually pursue their great ideas each year. That is why three of America's most popular websites for business startups have teamed up to provide free support and guidance to new entrepreneurs.

"There are so many aspiring entrepreneurs who have more than enough skill in their trade, but understandably are intimidated by launching a business without guidance," says Rich Sloan, co-founder and chief startupologist of StartupNation. "We think we have the solution to that problem."

The StartMeUp! Program offers free one-on-one consulting and customized road maps that address the specific needs of individual entrepreneurs and gets them on a path to successfully starting and growing their dream business. "With StartMeUp!, we demystify and simplify the process for starting a business with the right strategies and access to the right resources," says Troy Janisch, publisher of Business Owner's Toolkit.

The service is implemented by consulting staff from Resource Nation. Interested entrepreneurs sign up online at www.toolkit.com and are called back within 24 hours by a dedicated consultant who interviews them about their current status. From there, a step-by-step prescription is provided to move the entrepreneur through the startup cycle. Each week thereafter, the entrepreneur receives an email with helpful how-to content, action items, vendor referrals, and valuable resources.

"After 5-10 weeks, the entrepreneur should be well on her way to successfully launching a business," states Resource Nation's Ryan Peddycord. He adds, "Included are many fundamental startup resources for business planning, incorporating, marketing, fulfillment, website design, accounting and much more."

The triumvirate behind the service includes StartupNation (www.startupnation.com), the leading online community of startups with over 175,000 pages of business advice content; The Business Owner's Toolkit (www.toolkit.com), one of the original websites for small business with more than 5,000 pages of free step-by-step advice, instruction, and ready-to-use business templates; and Resource Nation (www.resourcenation.com), which offers online and offline resources including a service to match businesses with pre-screened vendors.

"We're totally committed to seeing people succeed. The StartMeUp! program is unprecedented in terms of the hand holding provided to individual entrepreneurs. We believe this is a game-changer," adds Troy Janisch, publisher of Business Owner's Toolkit.

Enrollment is open to any and all aspiring entrepreneurs who want to make the leap and get launched in 2008.

About Business Owner's Toolkit

Business Owner's Toolkit (www.toolkit.com) provides total know-how for small business. The Toolkit website helps business owners start, run, and grow a successful small business by providing more than 5,000 pages of free step-by-step advice, instruction, and ready-to-use business templates. The site also offers free business webinars, business news and one-to-one advice to business owners by email. The Business Owner's Toolkit also partners with StartupNation to provide free entrepreneurial advice via a national syndicated radio show.

The Business Owner's Toolkit is a part of Wolters Kluwer, a leading multinational publisher and information services company. Media Contact: Troy Janisch, 608-576-7533.

About StartupNation

StartupNation, LLC (www.startupnation.com) provides entrepreneurial advice via a nationally-syndicated radio program and through online content and social networking for entrepreneurs who want to start and grow a business. Media Contact: Rich Sloan, 248-430-1002.

About Resource Nation

Resource Nation, Inc. (www.resourcenation.com) provides online and offline resources and tools to help plan, start, and grow a business. The site also helps businesses get matched to pre-screened vendors in over 80 categories. Media Contact: Matt Walker, (858) 345-1657.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Troy Janisch
    Publisher
    Business Owner's Toolkit
    608-576-7533
    Email Contact