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ENTREPRENEURSHIP: SBA AND RELATED RESOURCES

Small Business Administration
409 Third Street SW
Washington, DC 20416
Toll Free: (800)827-5722
Direct: (202)205-6744
TTY: (704)344-6640
Fax: (202)205-7064
answerdesk@sba.gov
http://www.sba.gov
Blue Triangle BulletThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA recognizes that small business is critical to economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace.
8(a) Business Development Program
Small Business Administration

http://www.sba.gov/aboutsba/sbaprograms/8abd/index.html
Blue Triangle BulletThe 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.
Business Utility Zone Gateway

http://www.buzgate.org
Blue Triangle BulletBUZGate is a free state-by-state gateway that connects individuals to the resources they require for starting, growing and succeeding in business.
Office of Native American Affairs
Small Business Administration

Direct: (202)205-7364
http://www.sba.gov/aboutsba/sbaprograms/naa/index.html
Blue Triangle BulletThe Office of Native American Affairs ensures 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.
Office of Veterans Business Development
Small Business Administration

http://www.sba.gov/VETS/
Blue Triangle BulletThe mission of the Office of Veterans Business Development is to maximize the availability, applicability and usability of all administration small business programs for Veterans, Service-Disabled Veterans, Reserve Component Members, and their Dependents or Survivors.
Small Business Administration Library

http://www.sbaonline.sba.gov/tools/resourcelibrary/index.html
Blue Triangle BulletA highly recommended site. An extensive list of links related to all aspects of small business development. There is also a section specifically targeting home business resources.
Small Business Administration: Financing Programs

http://www.sba.gov/financing/
Blue Triangle BulletSBA provides a number of financial assistance programs for small businesses including 7(a), 504 and disaster assistance loans. Within this section, we’ll review eligibility requirements, SBA’s loan programs, surety bonds and the role of SBA, equity capital topics, special purpose loans, SBA partner topics and 7(a) lender programs. Though the SBA does not provide grants to help you start a business, included is information on organizations and sites that can assist you in locating special purpose grants.
Small Business Administration: Government Contracting & Business Development

http://www.sba.gov/aboutsba/sbaprograms/gcbd/index.html
Blue Triangle BulletThe Office of Government and General Contracting's mission is to help enhance the effectiveness of small business programs by working with Government Contracting and Business Development (GC/BD) program offices and others to develop policies, regulations, and statutory changes
Small Business Administration: Guides by State

http://www.sbaguides.com
Small Business Administration: Microloan Program

http://www.sba.gov/content/microloan-program/
Blue Triangle BulletThe Microloan Program provides very small loans to start-up, newly established, or growing small business concerns. Under this program, SBA makes funds available to nonprofit community based lenders (intermediaries) which, in turn, make loans to eligible borrowers in amounts up to a maximum of $35,000. The average loan size is about $13,000. Applications are submitted to the local intermediary and all credit decisions are made on the local level.
Small Business Development Centers
Small Business Administration

http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/1/700
Blue Triangle BulletThe Office of Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provides management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. SBDCs offer one-stop assistance to individuals and 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 and is an integral component of Entrepreneurial Development's network of training and counseling services. You can locate your closest SBDC through the state links on this site.
Small Business Training Network
Small Business Administration

http://www.sba.gov/services/training/index.html
Blue Triangle BulletThe Small Business Training Network (SBTN) is a virtual campus providing quality and targeted online training to meet the information needs of prospective and existing small business owners .

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