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Counseling & Training

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Every business owner needs guidance during the start up and running of their business. SBA&rsquo;s Office of Entrepreneurial Development helps businesses start, grow and compete in global markets by providing quality training, counseling and access to resources. This support is delivered through a variety of programs including Small Business Development Centers, Women&rsquo;s Business Ownership, Entrepreneurship Education, SCORE, Native American Affairs and the Small Business Training Network.</p>

Did you know the federal government buys nearly $100 billion worth of goods and services from small businesses each year?

Government contracts can offer significant opportunities for small businesses, but selling to the government requires a very different approach than selling to the commercial sector.

Purpose

The 8(a) Program is a federal business development program designed to assist socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses.

Doing business with the government is a big step to growing your business.

The Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOP) is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business. The SBA has 15 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC).

Women's Business Centers (WBCs) represent a national network of nearly 100 educational centers designed to assist women start and grow small businesses. WBCs operate with the mission to "level the playing field" for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the world of business.

Looking for small business counseling and training close to home? SBA can help! SBA provides small business counseling and training through District Offices across the country. Business guidance and support is crucial to increasing your odds of long-term success. Find counseling, training and business development specialists providing free and low-cost services in your area.

The SCORE Association “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is a nonprofit association comprised of 13,000+ volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. and its territories.

SCORE members are trained to serve as counselors advisors and mentors to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. These services are offered at no fee, as a community service.The following lists some of the ways you can get in touch with SCORE and start getting the business advice you are looking for:

If you are a Native American looking for business consulting or training opportunities, the SBA has several programs and resource partners to help you get started.

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