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Administrative Support

Can I log in through Facebook?

Where is the dashboard to review my saved reports?

I deleted a saved search report. How can I get it back?

I want to add my company to the Start on Purpose directory. How do I do this?

How do I change information on my Service Professional Directory Profile Page?

How do I reach customer service?

How do I contact Susan Schreter for business help?

Can I order bulk copies of Start on Purpose: Everything You Need to Know to Startup with Strength?

What is the company’s address?

Funding Directory

How much does it cost to search a directory?

If I join, am I guaranteed to receive funding for my business?

Does Start on Purpose provide direct introductions to investors?

Why do I have to join Start on Purpose to search the Funding Directory?

Is the Funding Directory just for startups?

Does the Funding Directory include resources for business owners who reside in rural areas?

How does search work?

This is so different from what I was expecting. How can a report help me?

Who is responsible for information in the Funding Directory?

How can I list a funding resource in your directory?

Can I get a copy of the entire Funding Directory?

Service Professional Directory

What’s the cost of listing my company in your Professional Service Directory?

Can I create multiple service listings in your directory and still get the free offer?

Can part-timers list their services in your directory?

I’m listed in other small business directories, why should I join Start on Purpose?

Can I buy my way to the top of a search report like other search engines and directories?

How are service providers ranked on your search results?

Why do I have to create multiple directory listings to promote my firm’s extensive service capabilities?

What if I don’t want to emphasize a certain business service any longer? Can I change business categories?

I’m a part of a big multi-office firm. Why should I create a profile page?

Can I link my website to the Start on Purpose Professional Directory?

How will entrepreneurs find my Profile Page?

What happens if your directory doesn’t offer my service category?

Administrative Support 

Can I log in through Facebook? 

Not yet, but we are working on it. Start on Purpose is working on new features all the time! Tell us your service priorities by giving us feedback.

Where is the dashboard to review my saved reports? 

Your personal dashboard is only accessible after you sign in to your account. Then, you can access your dashboard from the top tool bar.

I deleted a saved search report. How can I get it back? 

We update Start on Purpose directories frequently. As such, our best recommendation is to run a new report. You can print out any Start on Purpose directory report or save it to your dashboard for future follow up.

I want to add my company to the Start on Purpose directory. How do I do this? 

If you want to add a resource to the Service Professional Directory, follow these steps:

  1. Join Start on Purpose (it’s free) or sign in to your account
  2. Click on My Dashboard at the top tool bar of the site
  3. Scroll down the dashboard and click on Directory Listings
  4. Click Add a Listing and follow the easy action steps

If you want to add a resource to the Funding Directory click here to send us resource details.

Please note that resource listing in the Funding Directory is not automatic. Funding sources must be actively engaged in the business of providing debt or equity to the greater small business community on a direct basis. However, Start on Purpose reserves the right to exclude funding resources that in its sole opinion charge abusively high fees and interest rates to America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

How do I change information on my Service Professional Directory Profile Page? 

You can add or delete information to your Profile Page at any time without charge. Here are the steps:

  1. Sign in to Start on Purpose
  2. Access My Dashboard at the top tool bar of the site
  3. Scroll down the Dashboard to Directory Listings
  4. Select the specific category listing and Profile Page that you want to edit. (Some members may offer services in multiple categories.)
  5. Select Edit function and add information as desired. After you have updated your Profile Page click the button to Save and Post to Live Directory.

How do I reach customer service? 

Click here.

How do I contact Susan Schreter for business help? 

Click here to send Susan a question. Occasionally she will contact entrepreneurs directly with specific recommendations.

Can I order bulk copies of Start on Purpose: Everything You Need to Know to Startup with Strength? 

Yes. The minimum bulk purchase amount is 10 copies. For bulk discounted purchase rate provide information about your organization. Click here to provide information to us about your request.

What is the company’s address? 

Start on Purpose Corporation

P.O Box 1446

Issaquah, WA 98027

Funding Directory  

How much does it cost to search a directory? 

It’s always free to search a Start on Purpose directory.

If I join, am I guaranteed to receive funding for my business? 

No. Lenders and investors will determine if your company matches their specific funding criteria. The objective of the Start on Purpose funding reports is to broaden the range of potential funding sources and introduce you to new sources of funding that you are not aware of. Then it is up to you to aggressively solicit funding resources and continue to improve your company’s business plan until you get the funding you need to succeed.

Does Start on Purpose provide direct introductions to investors?  

No. We have a bigger purpose. The combination of our Funding Directory plus our educational programs is designed to empower YOU to raise debt or equity capital for your business. No one can ever speak for a company prospects better than its founders and executive leadership.

Raising funds for a growing company is rarely a one-time initiative. Now is the time to learn how to solicit lenders and investors with precision. It’s a skill you can use for a lifetime in business.

Why do I have to join Start on Purpose to search the Funding Directory? 

Start on Purpose is a mission-based company. Our goal is to radically improve startup and small business viability—helping more business owners stay in business in a financially prosperous way.

Part of our approach is to help advance local ecosystems of support especially in areas of the country with high rates unemployment. Over time, we want to promote greater resource interactivity, publicize notable events, and introduce more services and educational workshops that are geared to the needs of our membership.

Is the Funding Directory just for startups? 

No, our Funding Directory also includes resources for more established businesses that may want to raise equity to fund expansion or buy other companies. For business owners that are gearing up for sale, check out the large number of “buyout” funds that specialize in buying all or a part of growing companies in America.

Does the Funding Directory include resources for business owners who reside in rural areas?  

Yes. Our directory offers resources throughout the country from Alaska to Florida, Maine to Hawaii and all the great states in between.

How does search work? 

Sign in to Start on Purpose and then click on Search to access the Funding Directory search page. Input information about your company’s status as prompted. In seconds, you will receive a customized list of potential funding sources that may match your company’s general business goals, location, industry and stage of business development.

This is so different from what I was expecting. How can a report help me?  

Business owners say it’s too time-consuming to find the names of legitimate funding sources through big search engines. We agree.

Our approach is to shrink the overwhelmingly large number of regional and national business funding sources to a manageable number of resources for further follow up. A key benefit is to increase your awareness of resources that want to fund businesses in your home state.

You can search our Funding Directory as often as you like and save your customized search reports to your personal dashboard for easy future reference. Then visit Empowerment to learn how to compare and solicit your target list of prospective funding sources with confidence.

Who is responsible for the information in the Funding Directory? 

Start on Purpose does not license its database information from third party resources, which can lead to stale information results. We are proud of our work, however our directory will never be a perfect reflection of all the funding resources available to U.S. based business owners because funding resources come and go at any time.

Still, the Start on Purpose Funding Directory is now the largest centralized resource of local, regional and national funding resources in America. And, we are working to make it better.

How can I list a funding resource in your directory? 

Please send detailed information about the funding resource to our attention by clicking here. We favor funding sources that are actively engaged in the business of providing debt or equity to the greater small business community on a direct basis. However, Start on Purpose reserves the right to exclude funding resources that in its sole opinion charge abusively high fees and interest rates to America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Can I get a copy of the entire Funding Directory? 

Our directory is only available to Start on Purpose members through online searches.

Service Professional Directory 

What’s the cost of listing my company in your Professional Service Directory? 

As an introductory offer, freelance and service professionals can list information about their capabilities for free for 12 months with no further obligation to Start on Purpose. It’s a great deal!

There are caveats of course. For example, we don’t allow listings that fall outside of the service needs of startup and growing businesses in America. To learn more visit our Advertiser Terms & Conditions’ policies.

Can I create multiple service listings in your directory and still get the free offer? 

Yes, while the free promotion lasts. and provided that you offer those services to the public. You can manage all of your Directory Listings through one convenient Start on Purpose member account. Just sign-in and visit your Dashboard tools to create new Directory Listings. You will have to create each listing, one at a time. You can also update information about your business on your service Profile Page at any time without cost.

Can part-timers list their services in your directory? 

Yes!

I’m listed in other small business directories, why should I join Start on Purpose? 

Easy question! Here are five reasons why we’re the best choice.

  1. Directory integrity. We don’t create information about businesses and then ask their owners to pay up and “claim” the listing. Over time, the greater business community will learn that our resource directory is a source of reliable information that is provided solely by the service professional.
  2. No negative reviews. We don’t allow nasty bad-mouthing of service provider reputations. How YOU create your all-important Start on Purpose Profile Page is what will influence the purchasing decisions of entrepreneurs and business owners. Even better, you won’t find any competitor ads next to your company’s Profile Page information. All attention is on You and your company’s great work!
  3. Connect with ready-to-hire entrepreneurs. Our search results direct highly qualified prospective customers and clients to your Start on Purpose Profile Pages. If an entrepreneur wants t hire a lawyer who specializes in licensing, Start on Purpose only delivers candidates who are listed in our directory in the legal-licensing service category – nothing more. This way, entrepreneurs connect with the right professionals with the right expertise fast and easy.
  4. Shared purpose. We know that providing fast access to high caliber service professionals and funding resources that are most relevant to entrepreneurs in every region of the U.S. can help business owners advance with the least amount of high regret mistakes.
  5. Best price. We make it affordable for you to be a part of the Start on Purpose Directory ecosystem of support for a new generation of entrepreneurs. Enroll now to get 12 months free…no strings attached.

Can I buy my way to the top of a search report like other search engines and directories? 

No. For best promotion results, create a detailed Profile Page about your service capabilities. Start on Purpose will be teaching entrepreneurs how to select service providers in a more “purposeful” way—based on a service professional’s specific category experience, relevant skills, and expertise. We always want entrepreneurs to hire the best for their unique situation, so tell them why you are the best!

How are service providers ranked on your search results? 

In general, Start on Purpose rewards loyal “early birds.” The local service provider who creates a listing first in the specific service category and maintains the category listing, without interruption or expiration, will get higher positioning on search reports.

Our Service Professional Directory also provides lists of relevant professionals who provide their services to a national audience. Again, Start on Purpose rewards the loyal early bird. Service professionals who list their services in a specific category first, are featured higher on national service provider search results for as long as they maintain the category listing, without interruption or expiration.

Why do I have to create multiple directory listings to promote my firm’s extensive service capabilities? 

Business owners have told us that they want fast access to the people, products and services that will help them advance their business without time-wasting search gimmicks. As such, our approach is to deliver category-specific search results rather than clutter search results with professionals who don’t offer what entrepreneurs are expressly asking for. After all, a business owner who is looking for an auditor really doesn’t want to wade through advertisements for bookkeepers.

By creating a Profile Page on each of your services, you position your company to be chosen by “highly qualified” prospective customers who are ready to compare service professionals and make a decision. If you are not represented in the desired category, entrepreneurs may not know about your great work and choose another vendor.

What if I don’t want to emphasize a certain business service any longer? Can I change business categories? 

Business is all about change.You can add or remove a listing at any time from our Service Professional Directory. Just sign in and visit the your Dashboard. Select Delete Listing.

I’m a part of a big multi-office firm. Why should I create a profile page? 

Entrepreneurs and business owners have told us that many professional websites are intimidating and don’t make it easy for them to find professionals with specific expertise in the office closest to them. They also want to develop a relationship with a great professional who wants to serve high aspiration entrepreneurs. If your firm’s website emphasizes its work for Fortune 1000 clients, then you need Start on Purpose to help build a client roster who will be loyal to you…no matter what firm you work for.

Can I link my website to the Start on Purpose Professional Directory? 

Absolutely, plus all your other important social connections as well.

How will entrepreneurs find my Profile Page? 

We optimize each listing for top search engines to drive new prospective customers to your Profile Page. In addition, we are building a multi-media approach to providing our brand of educational support for entrepreneurs and business owners who want to achieve more and earn more in business. These initiatives are all geared to building awareness of the Start on Purpose directories as the nation’s go-to resource for business owners.

What happens if your directory doesn’t offer my service category? 

Right now there are over 200 separate categories for service coverage which represent the most likely service needs of startup entrepreneurs and growth-oriented companies, especially during their first years in business. To suggest a category click here.

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