In what they’re describing as “an unprecedented collaboration,” Allstate, Capital One, LegalZoom, Microsoft, Office Depot, Inc. and Web.com have created a free online resource hub to help small businesses.

Organizers say SmallBusinessConnection.com will help small business owners solve critical business issues.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our nation. They face the same challenges as large companies yet have a fraction of the resources. Small Business Connection sets out to change that,” said Mike Barton, president of Allstate Business Insurance and chairman of the Small Business Connection Board of Governors. “This resource hub will provide the 28 million small businesses in the U.S. with knowledge, insight, ideas and guidance from some of the most innovative companies around.”