What type of training is available for women interested in starting or expanding their businesses?

The SBA offers current and potential businesses access to a variety of services and resources, including pre-business workshops, and technical and management assistance. An excellent resource for these programs is the Service Corps of Retired Executives. SCORE volunteers provide expert advice and business counseling based on their many years of firsthand experience and shared knowledge on virtually every aspect of business. To locate the nearest SCORE volunteer call the SBA Answer Desk at 1-800-U-ASK-SBA or go to  http://www.sba.gov.

In addition, SBA offers specific assistance to women-owned businesses through women's business ownership representatives in SBA district offices. Your WBOR will be able to inform you about local resources and schedules of specific SBA programs that may be useful to you. To locate the nearest WBOR, call the SBA Answer Desk at 1-800-827-5722 or go to http://www.sba.gov.

You may want to check the SBA home page for business resources such as small business development centers (SBDCs) and business information centers (BICs) in your area. The SBDC Program is designed to provide up-to-date counseling, training, and technical assistance in all aspects of small business development. The BICs are a resource with counselors, business reference material, and computer software to help you with all aspects of starting or expanding your business. You can locate the closest SBDC or BIC on the Internet at: www.sba.gov and click on "Local SBA Services."

The SBA's Online Women's Business Center (www.onlinewbc.gov), is a state-of-the-art Internet site to help women expand their businesses. This free, interactive Web site, offers women information about business principles and practices, management techniques, networking, industry news, market research and technology training, free, online counseling, and hundreds of links to other sites, as well as information about the many SBA services and resources available to them.

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