The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is dedicated to
providing quality customer-oriented, full-service programs
and accurate, timely information to the entrepreneurial
community. The SBA provides financial assistance in the form
of loan guaranties rather than direct loans. The SBA does
not provide grants to start or expand a business. The SBA
provides an extensive presence on the Internet and it is
worthwhile to investigate their many programs and services.
SBA Answer Desk (800) U-ASK-SBA
SBA Fax Line (202) 205-7064
SBA TDD Line (704) 344-6640
SBA Homepage: http://www.sba.gov
US Business Advisor:
US Small Business Administration
409 Third Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20416
(202) 205-7064 FAX
(202) 344-6640 TDD
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SBA - Most Requested Items
"To better serve you, the SBA has compiled a short list of
topics that are among the most requested on their site. "
SBA - Financing Programs
Government Contracting and Business Development
"Our job at SBA is to help small, disadvantaged, and
women-owned businesses build their potential to compete more
successfully in our global economy. We strive to be the
premier source of information and procurement assistance for
Small Disadvantaged Business
"SBA's minority development programs are intended to help
small businesses be successful for the future. Companies
like yours, just starting or in a growth stage, can benefit
from the wide-range services. We offer support for
government contractors, access to capital, management and
technical assistance, and export assistance to just name a
8(a) Business Development Program
"The SBA's 8(a) BD Program, named for a section of the Small
Business Act, is a business development program created to
help small disadvantaged businesses compete in the American
economy and access the federal procurement market."
Frequently Asked Questions "The SBA has compiled frequently
asked questions on various topics within the Small Business
OFFICE OF VETERAN'S AFFAIRS SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
"To foster enhanced
entrepreneurship among eligible veterans by providing
Link to Local Offices
Department of Veterans Affairs
"The CVE maintains an electronic
library of documents. You can access the public laws,
memoranda of understanding, information about the National
Veterans Business Development Corporation and Federal
Acquisition Regulation information here."
OFFICE OF WOMEN'S BUSINESS OWNERSHIP (OWBO)
"The U.S. Small Business Administration is doing more than
ever to help level the playing field for women
entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the world
of business. The SBA's Office of Women's Business Ownership
is leading the way. With a network of women's business owner
representatives in every district office, more than 100
mentoring roundtables, and women-owned venture capital
companies, nearly 70 women's business centers in 40 states,
and the Online Women's Business Center on the Internet, OWBO
is helping women start and build successful businesses."
SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTERS (SBDC)
"The U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) administers the
Small Business Development Center Program to provide
management assistance to current and prospective small
business owners. SBDCs offer one-stop assistance to small
businesses by providing a wide variety of information and
guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations.
The program is a cooperative effort of the private sector,
the educational community and federal, state and local
governments. It enhances economic development by providing
small businesses with management and technical assistance.
The SBDCs also make special efforts to reach minority
members of socially and economically disadvantaged groups,
veterans, women and people with disabilities. Assistance is
provided to both current or potential small business owners.
They also provide assistance to small businesses applying
for Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) grants
from federal agencies."
Note: You can locate your closest SBDC through the state
links on the SBA website.
Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) [Text Version]
"Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are funded in
part by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and also
work with local colleges and some other funding agencies.
Every state has at least one SBDC, and most states have
several offices in several cities."
This site also links to resources related to creating
Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA)
The Office of Native American
Affairs is dedicated to ensuring that American Indians,
Native Alaskans and Native Hawaiians seeking to create,
develop and expand small businesses have full access to the
necessary business development and expansion tools available
through the Agency's entrepreneurial development, lending
and procurement programs. Additionally, ONAA administers the
Tribal Business Information Centers project designed to
offer culturally- tailored business development assistance
to Native American entrepreneurs."
Tribal Business Information Centers
"To address the
unique conditions encountered by reservation-based Native
Americans in their efforts to create, develop and expand
small businesses, the SBA has funded the Tribal Business
Information Centers (TBICs) project. The project is designed
to provide culturally-tailored business development
assistance to prospective and current small business owners.
TBICs, a partnership arrangement between a tribe or tribal
college and the SBA, offer access to a wide variety of
resources and practical guidance at accessible reservation
THE SERVICE CORPS OF RETIRED EXECUTIVES (SCORE)
409 Third St. S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024
Phone: (800) 634-0245
A 60-Second Guide to Finding a Business Mentor
Small Biz Assistance for Veterans & National Guard
men and women can benefit from small business resources
specifically for veteran, National Guard and reservist small
business owners. SCORE has compiled a team of volunteer
counselors with special expertise in helping this segment of
entrepreneurs. Visit our Web site for more information on
counseling, loans available to reservists, resources, stats
"The SCORE Association (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur
education and the formation, growth and success of small
business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the
Small Business Administration (SBA). SCORE Association
volunteers serve as "Counselors to America's Small
Business." Working and retired executives and business
owners donate their time and expertise as volunteer business
counselors and provide confidential counseling and mentoring
free of charge."
ONLINE WOMEN'S BUSINESS CENTER
"OWBO promotes the growth of women-owned businesses through
programs that address business training and technical
assistance, and provide access to credit and capital,
federal contracts, and international trade opportunities.
With a women's business ownership representative in every
SBA district office, a nationwide network of mentoring
roundtables, women's business centers in nearly every state
and territory, women-owned venture capital companies, and
the Online Women's Business Center, OWBO is helping
unprecedented numbers of women start and build successful
The Small Business Training Network
Small Business Administration
"The Small Business Classroom is an on-line resource for
training and informing entrepreneurs and other students of
enterprise. It is a new -- easy to use -- dimension in
Small Advocacy Law Library
"A highly recommended site. An extensive list of links
related to all legal aspects of small business development.
There is also a section specifically targeting home business
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