Ellen M. Thrasher is the Associate Administrator for the Office of Entrepreneurship Education, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In this capacity she serves as an advocate for...
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About Office of Entrepreneurship Education
The Office of Entrepreneurship Education (OEE) develops and promotes innovative resources for small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs. These resources are designed to assist in the start-up, management, and growth of small businesses. Such resources include specialized training sessions, distance learning, written materials, websites, other means of providing business development, business management, and business growth information.
OEE manages one of SBA's key business assistance programs, SCORE.
SCORE: Counselors to America’s Small Business
SCORE is a nationwide network of small business counselors composed of a cadre of nearly 13,000 volunteer business men and women in approximately 380 chapters nationwide. SCORE is a unique federal government resource that utilizes volunteers, both working and retired, with expertise to advise small businesses, lead business seminars, and coach entrepreneurs online. A valued resource partner of the SBA for more than 40 years, SCORE has helped more than 8 million businesses succeed and stay active in the local and national small business marketplace. SCORE is a recipient of numerous national and international awards. To obtain SCORE information, visit their website at http://www.score.org.
In addition to SCORE, OEE manages other initiatives and services that promote entrepreneurial development.
SBA’s Online Learning Courses:
SBA features nearly 30 free online courses to help entrepreneurs maximize their time with quick access to business development information. Online courses are complimented by other digital tools such as eBooks, assessment tools and business planners to further assist entrepreneurs. To access more digital resources, click here.
OEE introduces young entrepreneurs to the concept of small business ownership as a viable career choice by helping them shape their dreams of entrepreneurship and make them come true. SBA hosts a specialized teen Website that features the fundamentals of starting a small business from brainstorming to evaluating the feasibility of an idea, developing the all-important business plan, learning from successful young entrepreneurs, making sound financial decisions and utilizing various entrepreneurial development services. SCORE, Junior Achievement, DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) and the National Academy Foundation also serve as valuable resources providing face-to-face counseling and training as well as online counseling and training in areas of starting and growing a business. See www.sba.gov/young for more information.
OEE is working with a number of partners to share educational materials focused on money management and financial literacy for small business. Check www.MyMoney.gov for information offered by numerous Federal agencies.
OEE provides courtesy services to international visitors and dignitaries who are attracted to small business development. The SBA is the oldest institution of its kind solely dedicated to small business and entrepreneurship, and in researching the “American model” and its progress. Since its creation in 1953, SBA has attracted foreign small and medium enterprises, trade organizations and government delegations interested in learning how SBA operates and why it is so successful. Many countries have adapted programs initially developed by the SBA to their own economic infrastructure. For more information about international visitors, visit here.
SBA’s Emerging 200:
This training initiative is offered by SBA and a host of local coalition members to deliver an intense curriculum for small business executives interested in additional growth strategies. Interested firms can find more information here and contact their closest participating SBA office for registration procedures.
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Office of Entrepreneurship Education
409 3rd Street, S.W. Suite 6200Washington, DC 20416
Phone: 202 205 6239
Fax: 202 205 6903