BUFFALO, NY – On Tuesday, July 30, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Buffalo District office hosted an open house to celebrate the founding of SBA in the Small Business Act of July 30, 1953. Congress created the SBA, whose function was to “aid, counsel, assist, and protect, insofar as possible, the interests of small business concerns.”
Today, SBA has grown significantly in terms of total assistance provided and its array of programs has been tailored to encourage small business enterprises in all areas. SBA’s programs now 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.
Franklin Sciortino, SBA Buffalo District Director said, “SBA’s 60th anniversary is a time to reflect and celebrate the important work we have accomplished over the years. SBA has left an indelible mark in the Western New York small business community and has made our agency a place where small businesses can turn to for assistance and advice. Whether you need help developing a business plan, targeting clients, establishing a budget, or accessing financial assistance, the SBA is the ideal place to start.”
For more information on SBA programs and services for starting and managing, financing, and developing a successful business, please visit www.sba.gov. Our website includes information on SBA-backed financial assistance, contracting opportunities, training and counseling, disaster recovery, and international trade, to name just a few. Useful links to regulatory compliance and forms through www.business.gov and numerous related key sites are also available.
Small businesses can also access online tools such as timely advice from experts, podcasts on topical business issues and services, blogs, a library, periodic newsletter, startup guide, statistics and much more. Key contact information for your local SBA Buffalo District Offices, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and SCORE Chapters can be found at www.sba.gov/buffalo/ny.