The Small Business Administration
The last couple of weeks we have been focusing on small business here at Money Momma. We have shared some of our favorite small business Twitter chats, talked about the many reasons you should be shopping small business, took a look at a survey showing current small business sentiment and introduced you to Small Business Saturday coming up November 30th. This week I wanted to tell you about one of the great resources online for small business, the Small Business Administration.
Founded in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. The SBA.gov website offers advice on all topics that affect small business including starting a business, managing a business, marketing, business loans and grants, small business laws and information on government contracting. The SBA also has local district offices located all across the country where you can go in and talk to someone, find a mentor or obtain training. There are also locations listed for SCORE offices across the country. SCORE is a non-profit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground. The work they do at SCORE is supported by the small business administration.
Probably all of you who are small business owners are aware of the Small Business Administration but you may think it is just for newbies getting started in business. In reality, the resources that the SBA offers is applicable for entrepreneurs of all stages in business. Follow SBA on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on the different resources they offer. The SBA youtube page is an excellent resource. If you missed out on all the fun from small business week earlier this year you can catch up on all of the great Google Hangouts that SBA offered as well as the recorded versions of the small business week speakers. They also have a How-To section of the youtube page where you can get advice on some of the small business basics. The video below is a great example of this, showing the reason why you should write a business plan and how to go about writing one.