Overview of SBA services

Your coaches introduce the topic.

LuisIf you own a small business, or you’re just thinking about starting one, the U.S. Small Business Administration, or SBA, can be a valuable resource for you.

MichaelThe SBA is an independent agency of the federal government. It’s dedicated to helping people get in business, stay in business, and make their businesses successful and growing.

LuisThat’s right. The SBA offers all kinds of resources to help you start, finance and manage your business, and find new business opportunities. It can help you write a business plan, obtain start-up capital, purchase real estate, and much more.

MichaelThe SBA has offices throughout the United States to assist you. To learn more, click on these points and visit the SBA Web site at sba.gov.

Starting your business
The SBA can help with:

  • Small Business Start-up Kit
  • Training and counseling
  • Business planning tutorial
  • Special assistance programs for minorities, women, the disabled, veterans, and other groups
  • Workshops
  • Shareware

Financing your business
The SBA can help with:

  • Loan programs, including those that focus on: microloans (up to $35,000) for start-up, newly established, or growing small businesses; low and moderate income areas.
  • Working capital lines of credit.
  • Assistance in developing a business plan and building business operations.

Managing your business
The SBA can help with:

  • Online workshops
  • Courses
  • Guides

New business opportunities
The SBA can help with:

  • Government contracting
  • Business development
  • Business Matchmaking events
  • Export assistance
  • Nonprofit grants
  • Expanding Your Business workshops

To learn more about the SBA, visit their Web site at sba.gov.

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