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SBA Small Business Learning Center: Training, Tools and Answers via Your Desktop

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SBA Small Business Learning Center: Training, Tools and Answers via Your Desktop

By Caron_Beesley, Contributor
Published: February 25, 2013 Updated: February 25, 2013

Starting or growing a business? Owning a small business can be a fulfilling endeavor, but as you probably already know or are just finding out – it requires that you wear many hats. This of course leaves you with little time to take a deep dive into the many aspects of starting and growing a business. Instead, many business owners turn to search engines for answers when questions come up.Learning Center

But what if you had access to a small business classroom that provided informed, accurate and always-available access to the advice and guidance you need?

Welcome to the SBA Small Business Learning Center.

Online Training and Tools for Small Business Owners

Launched in late 2012, the SBA Small Business Learning Center is an online portal that hosts a variety of self-paced online training courses, quick videos, web chats and more to help small business owners explore and learn about the many aspects of business ownership.

Content is filtered by topic, so no matter the stage of your business, or the kind of insight you need, you can quickly get answers.

For example, if you’re wondering how SBA loan programs work or just need a primer in accounting or small business taxes, check out these self-paced online financing courses and short videos. Or explore tips from the pros in these archived SBA Web Chats.

Other topics covered include starting a business as a young entrepreneur, an introduction to franchising, taking your business global with exporting, marketing 101, selling to the U.S. government, and much more. 

Get More Help Offline

And if you can’t find the training or advice that you need, use the “Get Local Assistance” interactive map to find one of many small business counseling, assistance and mentoring organizations in your community.

Browse around, and let us know what you think about the SBA Small Business Learning Center!

Learning Center

A Guide to SBA Loan Programs - Just one of the self-paced online courses available in the new SBA Learning Center

About the Author:

Caron Beesley

Contributor

Caron Beesley is a small business owner, a writer, and marketing communications consultant. Caron works with the SBA.gov team to promote essential government resources that help entrepreneurs and small business owners start-up, grow and succeed. Follow Caron on Twitter: @caronbeesley

Comments:

Wow! This an amazing and very helpful resource for me!You give some useful information about how to do business online.I have been looking for this for months. Thank you so much for this great list!!!
Great training portal. allot of newly minted entrepreneurs need guidance to advance in their careers and this is a great source.
5 more tips to fellow SBA subscribers on opening up and expanding business abroad. 1) Be aware of US Federal regulations for doing business overseas. Available info sources at SBA, Dept of Commerce, etc. 2) Be aware of business regulations in destination country. Is it under any embargoes or political/trade sanctions? Countries under US trade and other sanctions do not advertise the fact. They will do anything to get your business, and the overseas seller of business might not volunteer the info, or may be ignorant of political repercussions. 3) Do you require visas to get there? Or do you conduct business from the comfort of your office in the West? 4) Be aware of What constitutes illegal business overseas. What may appear to be commissions could be serious breaches via corruption from govt officials.5) Do not hesitate to consult with local independent consultants as those subscribing to this valuable SBA resource. (This post was edited to remove a link. Please review our Community Best Practices http://www.sba.gov/community for more information about how best to participate in our online discussions. Thank you.)
Our free online training is internet-based recorded sessions that are available whenever you are. Learn online at your own pace, when and where it's convenient for you. you can also call Please note that Community members may not include personally identifiable information, such as phone numbers, in posts.
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5 more tips to fellow SBA subscribers on opening up and expanding business abroad. 1) Be aware of US Federal regulations for doing business overseas. Available info sources at SBA, Dept of Commerce, etc. 2) Be aware of business regulations in destination country. Is it under any embargoes or political/trade sanctions? Countries under US trade and other sanctions do not advertise the fact. They will do anything to get your business, and the overseas seller of business might not volunteer the info, or may be ignorant of political repercussions. 3) Do you require visas to get there? Or do you conduct business from the comfort of your office in the West? 4) Be aware of What constitutes illegal business overseas. What may appear to be commissions could be serious breaches via corruption from govt officials.5) Do not hesitate to consult with local independent consultants as those subscribing to this valuable SBA resource. (This post was edited to remove a link. Please review our Community Best Practices http://www.sba.gov/community for more information about how best to participate in our online discussions. Thank you.)

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