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SBA Resources

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
SBA Telnet: telnet://sbaonline.sba.gov
US Business Advisor: http://www.business.gov
US Small Business Administration
409 Third Street, S.W.
Suite 7600
Washington, D.C. 20416
(202) 205-6744
(202) 205-7064 FAX
(202) 344-6640 TDD

 SBA FREE Newsletter and Publication Subscription Center
URL: http://web.sba.gov/list/

"The FREE SBA newsletters listed below offer a wide variety of information and business opportunities for small businesses. Subscribe to one or many and receive e-mail notification as soon as items are published. It's easy!"

SBA - Most Requested Items
URL: http://www.sba.gov/mostrequesteditems/index.html

"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
URL: http://www.sba.gov/financing/

Government Contracting and Business Development
URL: http://www.sba.gov/gcbd/

"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 our customers."

Small Disadvantaged Business
URL: http://www.sba.gov/sdb/

"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 few."

8(a) Business Development Program
URL: http://www.sba.gov/8abd/

"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 Administration."
URL: http://web.sba.gov/faqs/

URL: http://www.sba.gov/VETS/
"To foster enhanced entrepreneurship among eligible veterans by providing increased opportunities."

Link to Local Offices
URL: http://www.sba.gov/VETS/

Department of Veterans Affairs VETBIZ
URL: http://www.vetbiz.gov/

"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."

URL: http://www.sba.gov/aboutsba/sbaprograms/onlinewbc/index.html
"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."

URL: http://www.sba.gov/aboutsba/sbaprograms/sbdc/sbdclocator/index.html

"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]
URL: http://www.sba.gov/aboutsba/sbaprograms/sbdc/sbdclocator/index.html

"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 business plans.

Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA)
URL: http://www.sba.gov/naa/ "

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
URL: http://www.sba.gov/naa/tribes/#tbics

"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 locations."

409 Third St. S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024
Phone: (800) 634-0245
URL: http://www.score.org/

A 60-Second Guide to Finding a Business Mentor
URL: http://www.score.org/60_guide_business_mentor.html

Small Biz Assistance for Veterans & National Guard
URL: http://www.score.org/veteran.html

"America's service 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 and research."
"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."

URL: http://www.onlinewbc.gov/

"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 businesses
The Small Business Training Network

Small Business Administration
URL: http://classroom.sba.gov/

"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 entrepreneurial training."

Small Advocacy Law Library
URL: http://www.sba.gov/advo/laws/law_lib.html

"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 resources."

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