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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>

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.

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.

Through the management and technical assistance provided by the WBCs, entrepreneurs (especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged) are offered comprehensive training and counseling on a variety of topics in many languages to help them start and grow their own businesses.

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.

The Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) exists to establish and oversee a network of Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) throughout the United States and its territories. Through the management and technical assistance provided by the WBCs, entrepreneurs, especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged, are offered comprehensive training and counseling on a vast array of topics in many languages to help them start and grow their own businesses.

Click here to go to the Office of Women's Business Ownership main page.

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