A small business owner will find many important business resources that can help pave the way to business success at the Small Business Administration (SBA). This government agency was created to help entrepreneurs, small business owners, veterans, military spouses and persons from distressed communities in their quest for business profitability.
An experienced SBA loan consultant can help entrepreneurs and small business owners locate funding for development and expansion. The SBA works closely with designated SBA loan lender organizations to connect those lenders with eligible borrowers seeking lower interest business loans.
Owners can use the easy-to-navigate SBA website to locate small business loans and grants and to obtain useful business tools like year-end tax essentials, budgets and planners. There are links to SBA resource partners, free online training, e-newsletters and other programs for business start ups and expansion efforts. This is also the place to learn how to market products globally or how to apply for government contracts.
Women and minority owned businesses can learn about getting certification, explore the world of contracting or how to get a business license and tax identification number. SBA has many local district offices across the nation, and there over 12,400 SCORE volunteers are ready to share their expert business experience and advice with small business owners.
Small businesses that have experienced damage from natural disasters can find help with disaster assistance through the SBA. Finding investors and financial assistance is another area of importance to small business owners. There are hundreds of SBA development centers for counseling and training assistance when needed for loan applications and business plan development.
Military veterans and active duty National Guards servicemen and women turn to the SBA for help in preparing their businesses for their absence while on active duty. Disabled veterans, spouses of veterans and others have access to unique SBA Express loan programs with low interest rates through SBA approved lenders.
The SBA has current information to help export businesses reach global markets with their products and services. SBA also offers small business owners excellent marketing and advertising resources, videos and podcasts, information about green business opportunities, counsel on how to survive a slow economy, financial and accounting assistance, and business plan development. It is a ready resource center for small businesses to use 24/7.