U.S. Bank Connect’s new Small Business Forum on LinkedIn makes it easier than ever for entrepreneurs and small business owners to swap ideas and get inspired. The Forum features Alyssa Gregory, a small business consultant, speaker and author. She shares her expertise on U.S. Bank Connect, including six “Connect Startup Toolboxes.” Gregory will host discussions about topics important to small business owners and answer questions about her articles on U.S. Bank Connect. “This new feature gives our small business customers another tool to help their businesses thrive,” said Cathi Stanton, senior vice president for U.S. Bank Retail Payment Solutions. “Our LinkedIn group lets our small business customers swap knowledge and expertise with some incredibly successful people so that they can skip the ‘I-need-to-reinvent-the-wheel’ stage and get straight to getting good ideas into action.” U.S. Bank Connect TM – a website for small businesses that launched in 2012, provides free resources and tips to help start, run and grow business. Through interactive and informative articles, videos and workshops, Connect provides expert issues facing small business today. U.S. Bank provides financing, education and banking services that include award-winning credit cards and Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. The company regularly reports the economic and business sentiment of small business owners, most recently with the 2013 U.S. Bank Small Business Annual Survey. Business owners can find resources at www.usbankconnect.com and follow Connect on Twitter @usbankconnect, on Facebook at facebook.com/usbankconnect, and now in the new LinkedIn group at https://www.linkedin.com/groups/US-Bank-Connect-Small-Business-5116125/about. U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), with $353 billion in assets as of June 30, 2013, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, the company operates 3,087 banking offices in 25 states and 5,032 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.