HELPING TO EXPAND YOUR BUSINESS

More than 80% of TIA member companies are in fact small businesses. In addition to the Association’s many resources and services available to help small businesses run effectively and efficiently, TIA has compiled the following list of free third-party resources that offer guidance on different aspects of doing business in the U.S. and abroad:

FEATURED: U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Small Business Nation

The Chamber provides an open venue for small business owners to exchange information and ideas. The website offers free toolkits to help you learn more about various facets of business, including international trade, online solutions, shipping, inventory, and more.


MANUFACTURING

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership
The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is a nationwide network that provides small and mid-sized American manufacturers with a variety of services — from innovation strategies to process improvements to green manufacturing — to help you create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money.


INTERNATIONAL TRADE

U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Small Business Nation
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce offers information about free enterprise, competitive markets, and rules-based trade and investment in foreign markets.

U.S. Small Business Administration
SBA provides counseling, training and financing to support small business looking to export globally.

Business USA
As the U.S. Government's official website for small businesses, Business USA provides free resources to help you determine whether you are prepared for exporting, find the right resources to finance exporting, and understand legal policies governing exports.

U.S. Commercial Service
The Commercial Service has a network of export and industry specialists located in more than 100 U.S. cities and over 80 countries worldwide. These trade professionals provide counseling and services to help you export your products.

State Trade and Export Promotion Program
The State Trade and Export Promotion Program (STEP) is a 3-year pilot trade and export initiative. Funded by federal grants and matching funds from the states, the STEP Program is designed to help increase the number of small businesses that are exporting and to raise the value of exports for those small businesses that are currently exporting.


ADVERTISING AND MARKETING

U.S. Small Business Administration
SBA offers general advertising and marketing tips — as well as information related to email marketing, online advertising, product labeling, telemarketing and more — to help you effectively promote your brand. It also provides resources to help you comply with laws governing fair advertising.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission – Bureau of Consumer Protection
The FTC provides resources to help you comply with the legal standards for truth-in-advertising and marketing to children.


PRIVACY AND SECURITY

U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Small Business Nation
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce provides information about cyber-security, what threats are most commonly faced, and how to update your approach to fit a changing security landscape.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission – Bureau of Consumer Protection
The FTC offers compliance resources to help you securely collect or dispose of sensitive consumer and employee information such as financial data, personal information from kids, materials derived from credit reports, etc.


FINANCE

U.S. Small Business Administration
SBA offers loan programs, as well as assistance in finding and applying for federal, state or local government loans and grants for small businesses.  

Business USA
As the U.S. Government's official website for small businesses, Business USA provides free resources to help you access financing to grow your business.


HUMAN RESOURCES

U.S. Small Business Administration
SBA will help you ensure that your hiring practices align with all laws pertaining to workers’ rights and the toy industry.

Business USA
Business USA will guide you step by step to resources that will help you with recruiting, hiring, training and retaining employees.


HEALTH CARE

U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Small Business Nation
The Chamber of Commerce has resources to help you understand health care reform and the responsibilities that employers now face.

U.S. Small Business Administration
SBA offers resources to help you understand what the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act means for small business and self-employed business owners.

Business USA
In a few quick steps, Business USA can help you understand what you need to know about new insurance options and other health care changes, and find health care related resources.


GOVERNMENT POLICIES

Small Biz Open Mic
The site, run by the U.S. House Committee on Small Business, acts as a forum where business owners are invited to share some of the challenges that your company is facing, and how policy decisions are impacting your business. 

Library of Congress
The Library of Congress lists more than 50 bills that directly impact small businesses.


TRAINING AND MENTORING

U.S. Small Business Administration
SBA offers free online training, videos, chat sessions and local assistance through its Small Business Learning Center.

SCORE
SCORE, a nonprofit association affiliated with the SBA, offers education and mentorship for small business owners. It boasts a network of more than 11,000 volunteers who offer free, confidential business advice and guidance.  

America’s Small Business Development Center Network
The SNDC Network helps you start, run and grow your business with free, face-to-face business consulting and low-cost training on issues ranging from marketing to regulatory compliance to international trade.


Explore the rest of this web section to find additional TIA resources, including member access to a database of retail credit accounts, reports on market research studies, useful directories, and more. For further education and training resources, see the list of upcoming and recorded TIA webinars about a range of industry-related issues.

CONTACT US

Bernadette Boyle
Membership Manager
Toy Industry Association   
1115 Broadway, Suite 400
New York, NY  10010
bboyle@toyassociation.org
646.454.5585