Tips and trends: Advice for small businesses in Florida
From social media to hiring and cloud computing, some pointers for business owners.
Hiring the right intern, however, could bring energy to a small company and new skills such as blogging or social media marketing. In return, inviting your intern to staff meetings and client visits doesn't take much work on your part but can be enormously valuable to a student who hasn't experienced the business world.
Internships can be unpaid, but businesses should take care to follow the School-to-Work guidelines under the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act. Internships should be professional in nature rather than grunt work and offer a range of training at progressively higher levels. Contact your local university or community college's career resource center to see if your business might be able to arrange college credit for an internship.
Florida Small Business Development Center's growth acceleration program provides free, in-depth professional consulting services to companies that have been in business at least three years, have five or more full-time employees and have $500,000 to $10 million in annual revenue. The center helps companies develop growth strategies, assess capital needs, determine possible sources of capital, target new market opportunities and shore up financial practices.