U.S. Small Business Association (SBA)
The SBA helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. Your local SBA office can provide free business counseling, government contracting assistance, and financial assistance. The following sites may be of particular interest to you:
- Thinking About Starting a Business?
- Small Business Learning Center
- Business Types (main page)
- Self-Employed & Independent Contractors
- Home-Based Businesses
- Startups & High Growth Businesses
- Women-Owned Businesses
- Veteran-Owned Businesses
- People with Disabilities
- Minority-Owned Businesses
- SBA’s Role in Government Contracting
- Register for Government Contracting
- Government Contracting Classroom
Office of Women’s Business Ownership (SBA)
The SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership’s mission is to establish and oversee a network of Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) throughout the United States and its territories. Through the management and technical assistance provided by the WBCs, entrepreneurs, especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged, are offered comprehensive training and counseling on a vast array of topics in many languages to help them start and grow their own businesses. Click here to find the nearest WBC to you.
Veterans Business Outreach Centers (SBA)
The SBA’s Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOP) is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business. The SBA has 16 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC).
National Association of Women Business Owners[Write intro]
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow, and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. With over 13,000 volunteers and the support of the SBA, SCORE delivers services at no charge or at a very low cost. Click here to find your local SCORE chapter.
U.S. President Barack Obama directed the creation of BusinessUSA, a centralized, one-stop platform to make it easier than ever for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire. BusinessUSA implements a “no wrong door” approach for small businesses and exporters by using technology to quickly connect businesses to the services and information relevant to them, regardless of where the information is located or which agency’s website, call center, or office they go to for help.
Internal Revenue Service
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
Within each Federal Executive Agency, the goal of the OSDBU is to advocate for and manage the small business utilization programs for their agency. Click here for a list of federal OSDBU offices.
National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of America’s more than 10 million women-owned businesses representing the fastest growing segment of the economy. NAWBO is the only dues-based organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries; and boasts over 5000 members and 60 chapters across the country. With far-reaching clout and impact, NAWBO is a one-stop resource to propelling women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.Back to Resources Page
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