There are a lot of laws and regulations surrounding businesses and consumer protection. The Federal Trade Commission has free resources for you to make sure your small business is in compliance. Here are a few resources for your small business from the FTC.

Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. Here are five ways the FTC can help your business.

There are a lot of laws and regulations surrounding businesses and consumer protection. The Federal Trade Commission has free resources for you to make sure your small business is in compliance. Here are a few resources for your small business from the FTC.

Competition Policy Guidance

What it does: All businesses want to succeed, and that usually means trying to attract customers away from your competitors. US antitrust laws ensure that market competition is fair for everyone, but it can get confusing to know if your business or your competitor is following all the rules. Take a look at the FTC’s useful guides and documents for your education. Think that another business is in violation? You can file a report easily here.

Advertising and Marketing

What it does: Marketing your business is more complicated than sharing photos of your products on social media. Whether you already have a robust marketing plan or are just getting your toes wet, read through the FTC’s guides for circumstances such as advertising children’s products, health care, using endorsements, telemarketing, “Made in USA” claims, and more.

Privacy and Security

What it does: Does your small business have a privacy policy? (Hint: if you don’t, you should implement one now.) Privacy and online security, including identity theft credit reporting, are very important to understand and comply with. The FTC offers helpful resources for all things related to personal information.

Credit and Finance

What it does: Whether you want to read up on your rights regarding getting a small business loan or you want to make sure you comply with all the rules about processing customers’ payments, the FTC’s center for credit and finance will have all you need to know.

FTC Blogs

What it does: In addition to helpful guides with easy categories, the FTC runs a blog. Here you can read up-to-date information and alerts. It would be a good idea to subscribe to get their blog newsletter, along with Opportunity Fund’s, so you can always read the latest tips for your small business.

 

We’re always looking for the best affordable online resources including tools to promote to small business owners like you. If you have a tool you’d like to share with fellow business owners, contact us at sblending@opportunityfund.org.

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