We’re building a stronger, resilient, more equitable small business ecosystem

 

NavNet is a network of small business heroes who are working together to build a stronger, resilient, and more equitable small business ecosystem. The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Community Navigators program is a path towards that vision. The program will enable organizations and professionals committed to helping small businesses thrive to take a collaborative, ecosystem-level approach to putting the small business owner at the center of everything they do. NavNet has two main objectives:

Create community and inspiration among small business heroes across the country by providing a platform and hosting events to share stories, experiences, and ideas

Give small business heroes access to everything they need all in one place to be successful in the Community Navigators Program application, execution, and beyond

NavNet is powered by Next Street. The platform is offered free to small business heroes to further Next Street’s mission to mobilize capital, customers, and capabilities to small businesses and entrepreneurs that have been systemically held back.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it free to sign up for NavNet? Yes, it is completely free to sign up for NavNet.

Will the information within NavNet be offered for free? Yes, all information on NavNet will be offered for free. NavNet is powered by Next Street as a way to further its mission to mobilize capital, customers, and capabilities to small businesses and entrepreneurs that have been systemically held back.

Who is a small business hero? Organizations and professionals committed to helping small business thrive. Does that describe you? If so, come join us!

Who will monitor which organizations have access? Will any group be turned away from NavNet? Next Street will allow organizations onto the platform. One of the main objectives of NavNet is to create community and inspiration among small business heroes across the country. It is an inclusive platform of small business heroes and we don’t anticipate declining access to any person or organization who is committed to helping small businesses thrive.

How will you determine what content goes onto the platform? The platform is focused on fostering community and inspiration among small business heroes and providing you with everything you need all in one place to be successful in the Community Navigators Program application, execution, and beyond. All content on the platform will be centered on meeting those objectives and driven from what we hear from you as the biggest needs.

Is NavNet sponsored by anyone? Is it affiliated with the SBA? NavNet is powered by Next Street. There are no sponsors and there is no affiliation with the SBA.

Can I recommend anyone to join NavNet? Yes! Please invite all small business heroes in your network. Here’s a template of what you can share: “I thought you would be interested in joining NavNet. It is a network of small business heroes like you and gives you access to a community and everything you need in one place to be successful in the Community Navigators Program application, execution, and beyond. Visit nextstreet.com/navnet to sign up.”

Can I recommend content for NavNet? How do I recommend content for NavNet? Yes, if there is something specific that you want to see on NavNet, please post on the home page. You may also ask questions on the home page and a member of our team will get back to you.

Who is monitoring the NavNet community? Experts from the Next Street team will be actively answering questions and monitoring the community. If there are things we don’t know, we will tell you that, and then try to hunt down the answer for you.

Will information that I provide on NavNet be sold? No!

What are you doing with the data captured on NavNet? The information that we capture on NavNet is being used to help inform how we continue to better serve our small business heroes on NavNet.