SBA.Gov - U.S Small Business Administration Resources

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Mission
The 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. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.


SBA Resources
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Small Business Resource magazine is the most complete guide to starting and expanding your business. You'll find information on counseling, training, capital, contracting, disaster assistance, business advocacy, local directories and more.



Are you thinking about starting a business of your own? Explore the topics below to learn the aspects of starting a business, plus find information you need to succeed.

How to Start a Business - Starting a business is an exciting proposition, but it’s also an incredibly challenging undertaking. The resources in this section will help you learn about what it takes to start a business.
Write Your Business Plan - A business plan is an essential roadmap for business success. This living document generally projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to grow revenues.
Choose Your Business Structure - The business structure you choose will have legal and tax implications. Learn about the different types of business structures and find the one best suited for your business.
Choose & Register Your Business - Choosing and registering your business name is a key step to legally operating your business and potentially obtaining financial aid from the government.
Choose Your Business Location & Equipment - These resources can help ensure your small business is compliant with leasing terms and zoning ordinances. It also provides information about buying or leasing equipment or buying government surplus.
Business Licenses & Permits - To run your business legally, there are certain federal and state licenses and permits you will need to obtain. These resources will help you understand the requirements for your small business
Learn About Business Laws - As a small business owner, you are subject to some of the laws and regulations that apply to large corporations. These resources can help you understand which requirements do apply to your business.
Business Financials - Improve your odds of business success by understanding your financing needs as well as the options that are available to help you start, manage and grow your business.
Finance Your Business - You have a variety of options when it comes to financing your small business. Explore your opportunities that range from traditional loans to grants and bonds.
Filing & Paying Taxes - Find out if your business needs to obtain a tax ID and what the benefits and requirements are.
Hire & Retain Employees - Ready to hire employees for your business? Learn about employment and labor laws to make sure your business is in compliance.


The SBA offers free online courses to small business owners.  Each course takes about 30 min to complete, and you can stop taking the course whenever you choose.  Here are all the available topics:

 . . .Visit SBA.gov to view all available resources offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration


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