(NewsUSA) - If you are an aspiring or current entrepreneur, you know how daunting running a business can be. However, in today's digital age, one of the most powerful tools to help ensure success — the ability to network and share information with peers and experts — is now available with just a few clicks of a mouse.
"In today's highly competitive, small-business market, getting advice from others who have had similar business experiences is important when trying to achieve your own success," said Gene Marks, president of The Marks Group and best-selling small business author.
It's for this reason that online communities aimed specifically at small-business owners have started to become a secret weapon utilized by many eager entrepreneurs. Within Bank of America's Small Business Online Community, for instance, users can network, share, learn and exchange business ideas for free, in real time. Users have access to forums on a number of topics where they can get quick responses to questions or problems they're facing, as well as articles from experts and a stories section where users can read personalized accounts profiling real-life challenges other small-business owners have overcome, including tips for others who may be facing similar challenges. Registered users have searchable member profiles to facilitate better networking.
Online communities have fast become a growing trend in today's business world due to the growing interest that small-business owners have in connecting with experts and peers alike.
Bank of America's site is entirely user-driven, and its content will evolve based on the needs of the users registered with the site. Online communities are a valuable resource for finding new customers, business partners and even investors.
Bank of America's primary goal with its online community is to help establish a better understanding of, and relevance to, small-business owners — by helping them overcome their challenges and grow their businesses, rather than selling third-party or Bank of America products.
For more information, visit www.bankofamerica.com/sbcommunity.