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Small Business Audiences

SBA has programs and resources for everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, and financial status. Explore the options to find out how SBA can help you turn your business idea into a viable enterprise or expand your current business for sustained success.</p>

There are many opportunities throughout the federal government for businesses owned by Native Americans. These include government contracting, business development and other programs that are designed to help Native American entrepreneurs start, grow and manage their businesses.

SBA Programs for Native American Small Businesses

SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs can help ensure Native-owned small businesses have full access to business development and expansion tools.

A growing number of workers age 50-plus are turning interests, hobbies or skills into a small business.  Whether you are interested in starting a small business right away or are intending to wait until after retirement, now is the time to explore the possibilities. 

Whether your target market is global or just your neighborhood, the SBA and its Resource Partners can help at every stage of turning your entrepreneurial dream into a thriving business.

Summer of Encore Mentoring

If you are a veteran or a service-disabled veteran, there are many opportunities for you and your small business. It is important that you certify your small business as Veteran-Owned or Service Disabled Veteran-Owned so you can take advantage of the resources designed especially for you.

SBA’s 8(a) Business Development program can help qualifying minority-owned firms develop and grow their businesses through one-to-one counseling, training workshops, and management and technical guidance. The program also provides access to government contracting opportunities, allowing these businesses to become solid competitors in the federal marketplace.

How do I know if I qualify for the 8(a) program?


The General Services Administration (GSA) is moving the implementation date of the System for Award Management (SAM) from May 29, 2012 to the end of July 2012. The additional sixty days will allow federal agencies to continue preparing their staff, give agencies and commercial system providers even more time to test their data transfer connections, and will ensure SAM contains the critical, documented capabilities users need from the system.

For more information on contracting opportunities for women-owned small businesses, contact the Office of Women’s Business Ownership at 202-205-6673.


The Small Business Act authorizes contracting officers to specifically limit, or set aside, certain requirements for competition solely among women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) or economically disadvantaged women owned small businesses (EDWOSBs). This is referred to as the WOSB Program.

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