SBA’s Resource Partners Reach Millions Through Small Business Counseling, Training, and Online Programs
by Tameka Montgomery, SBA Official
- Created: December 11, 2013, 1:59 pm
- Updated: December 11, 2013, 1:59 pm
Did you know that each year the SBA helps more than one million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners? And if you are ready to start a new chapter or turn a new leaf, SBA can help you start or grow your business.
SBA directs a national entrepreneurial network that provides mentoring, training, resources and business assistance to more than 1.2 million entrepreneurs and small businesses each year, and 2013 was no different. In fiscal year 2013, these efforts helped entrepreneurs to get more than $4.5 billion in capital infusion, start over 15,000 businesses, and create and/or retain more than 68,000 jobs.
Under the direction of the SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development, one million of you who were interested in starting or expanding a business received business counseling and assistance through one or more of the SBA’s counseling and training programs:
- Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) counseled and trained 532,377 clients;
- SCORE, For the Life of Your Business, counseled and trained nearly 350,000 clients, and
- Women's Business Centers (WBCs) provided assistance to 133,765 clients.
These vital SBA resource partners give quality one-on-one consulting, training, counseling and entrepreneurial education that can help you start, grow, and compete in the marketplace. And they have helped small businesses across the country to raise start up and growth capital, start new companies and sell billions of dollars in products and services world-wide.
But that is not all – SBA also assists target market segments such as women, those over age 50, veterans, young entrepreneurs and growth-oriented businesses ready for development or expansion.
If you are the next budding entrepreneur looking for resources to start, grow or manage your small business, reach out today to connect with SBA’s resource partner network or one of our online or in person services for all of your small business needs.
One business that got the help they needed is the Foxtale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, Ga. The shop owners got help from SCORE and their local area Small Business Development Center with creating their business plan to fine tune all of their business needs, from financing to marketing. The counseling, training and encouragement they received helped to make the business a success.
To connect to your nearest SBA District Office, SBDCs, SCORE Chapter or WBCs, go to SBA’s Local Assistance map.
Here you can find useful counseling, training and mentoring from any of these partners for starting, growing and managing your small business. Once there, simply enter your zip code to access the descriptive information about each SBA resource and narrow your search based on where you would like to go for assistance—it’s that easy!
You can also go to www.SBA.gov/ed for a complete menu of programs and services.
About the AuthorIn her role as the Agency’s Associate Administrator for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, Tameka Montgomery is responsible for overseeing the agency’s counseling and training resources and programs for America’s entrepreneurs.
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