SBA Launches to New Tools Help Small Businesses

Recently, SBA has expanded its offerings of online tools you can use and recommend to your clients when providing counseling and mentoring services.   SBA 2c logo blk type +s

Learning Center – Online Courses, Videos, and Interactive Chat

The learning center  is a redesigned, online learning portal for small business entrepreneurs. It has a streamlined, searchable catalog of small business educational resources including self-paced, free courses, videos and web sessions.

SizeUp

Have you ever mentored entrepreneurs who aren’t entirely clear on what competition they face?  Finding the right competitive research and analysis for a specific industry can be challenging but now it’s easier. SBA.gov features a free, easy-to-use tool called SizeUp that helps small businesses look at how their business industry stacks up against the competition in specific locations and provides information on where to advertise. Simply enter the industry, city and state to get access to customizable reports and statistics about the industry and its competition.

Events Calendar – Locate Business Training and Seminars

SBA and its partners, including Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and SCORE, hold hundreds of small business training seminars and workshops across the country. With SBA’s Events Calendar, small businesses can quickly find and sign up for training. Enter a date range and/or zip code to locate events in your area. Check with your local SBA office if you’d like to input your resource partner events into the SBA calendar.

Business Plan Writer

The new Build a Business Plan  tool guides entrepreneurs through the process of creating a basic, downloadable business plan. The tool is secure and confidential and will keep the plan on record for up to six months for downloading or emailing at any time.

Size Standards Tool –Find Out Fast if You Qualify for Government Contracts

In order to be eligible to sell to the government and compete for small business “set-aside” contracts, small business owners had to rummage through various rules and matrices to find out if their business is truly “small” according to SBA size standards . Now, with this new Size Standards Tool,  follow three simple steps to cut through the guesswork and quickly find out eligibility.

For more tools and resources, visit www.sba.gov.


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About candacemoody

Candace’s background includes Human Resources, recruiting, training and assessment. She spent several years with a national staffing company, serving employers on both coasts. Her writing on business, career and employment issues has appeared in the Florida Times Union, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and 904 Magazine, as well as several national publications and websites. Candace is often quoted in the media on local labor market and employment issues.
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