If you have a small business, you should have a Twitter account! No, Twitter is not just a social network for Justin Bieber and his fans, it’s actually a wonderful tool for businesses and entrepreneurs of all types. Welcome to the wonderful world of social media and business networking.
Below are some of the folks and businesses you can follow to learn some great tips that will help you do your work even better…
Business owners to learn from
Guy Kawasaki (@GuyKawasaki): This is the author of many books on business and marketing that are chock full of helpful information. Guy also likes to tweet about random topics. He’s a great one to show you how to get a conversation going.
Richard Branson (@richardbranson): As the founder and chairman of the Virgin Group, Richard is definitely someone to be inspired by. He likes to put forth his musings about his own company and challenge you to make your business a success.
Anita Campbell (@smallbiztrends): Anita is the CEO of Small Business Trends, a website and newsletter dedicated to uncovering useful information that you might often overlook. She also has a podcast full of up-to-date tips for small business folks.
The official government sanctioned accounts
Canada Business Network (@canadabusiness): This is a great resource for tracking down government grants, loans and other financing programs. There are also blog posts from other Canadian small business owners sharing their wisdom.
Canadian Chamber of Commerce (@cdnChamberofCom): From their mission statement: “The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the primary and vital connection between business and the federal government.” In other words, if you’re in business you need to follow their tweets to stay up to date with the latest conferences, seminars and regulations.
Canada Revenue Agency (@CanRevAgency): Love ’em or hate ’em, you’ll be paying taxes. Let the CRA’s Twitter account provide you with useful tips on how to efficiently prepare for tax season. This account is a must-follow for any Canadian small business.
The money and business advice folks
Business Development Bank of Canada (@BDC_News): Who couldn’t use a little extra cash in their business account? The BDC can help get you there.
Canadian Federation of Independent Business (@CFIB): The CFIB is there to answer questions, provide news and lobby on your behalf. They can also connect you to financial institutions that could be a big help.
That is just the tip of the Twitter iceberg. Who are you following that you can recommend?
Brittany Giles is the Social Media Specialist at The Printing House.