Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources

By on Jun 26, 2014

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.

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.

Your tax dollars go to pay to create and deliver SBA resources and you and/or your agency should take advantage of these resources by using them yourself and letting your small business clients know about them.

SBA’s programs include financial and federal contract procurement assistance, management assistance, and specialized outreach to women, minorities, and armed forces veterans. SBA also provides loans to victims of natural disasters and specialized advice and assistance in international trade.

Some of the online video training programs include:

  • Selling Your Business
  • Buying a Business
  • Financing Options for Small Business
  • Customer Service
  • Cybersecurity for Small Business
  • Business Technology Simplified
  • Disaster Recovery: A Guide to SBA’s Disaster Assistance Program
  • Crime Prevention: A Guide for Small Businesses
  • Introduction to Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurs
  • How to Write a Business Plan
  • Introduction to Accounting

In addition to online resources, the SBA has many regional and district offices, as well as resource partners that counsel, mentor, and train small business owners and entrepreneurs. I also recommend you sign up for the SBA email newsletters so you will know when new resources become available.

Making your clients and prospects aware of these resources will help you stand out as someone who can help a small business grow and prosper. And, of course, the more your client business grows, the more their insurance needs grow with them.

What other resources do you offer your clients and prospects?  Let me know in the comments below.

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