The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a general resource agency that was created primarily to assist the growth and survival of small businesses in the U.S. There are 10 regional SBA offices across the country, and multiple locations of smaller offices in 53 locations throughout the U.S., including U.S. territories. The SBA also has several disaster field offices to help those small business owners who have had their businesses lost or damaged in local disasters.
At the Small Business Administration’s website, visitors will find a wealth of information applicable to operating small companies. The agency offers free online training sessions that feature subjects like how to survive in a slow economy, business planning, government contracts, business management and how to start a new business.
Reference topics and links are provided for owners who want to sign up to receive the SBA e-newsletter or who want to make e-payments on Small Business Administration loans. An FAQ section of most requested items is very helpful for newcomers to the website. Special centers around the country that are associated with the Small Business Administration include Small Business Development Centers and Veterans Business Outreach Centers, Women’s Business Centers. For those owners interested in global operations, the SBA has several U.S. Export Assistance Centers.
Employees at the regional and state offices of the SBA are ready to help interested persons find local resources for business success. They have a group of approved lenders who are conveniently located around the country who are willing to provide loans and grants to small business owners. Applications can be found online or at the local offices; assistance with filling out and submitting forms and applications is also available. If your business needs permits or licenses, the SBA can help you with those important documents.
Small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy and can provide endless opportunity to owners. It is in your best interests to become familiar with all that the SBA can do for your business; call them today for local resource information and to get started creating a new business or improving, expanding or solidifying your existing business.