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SBA’s Resource Partners Reach Millions Through Small Business Counseling, Training, and Online Programs

By Tameka Montgomery, SBA Official
Published: December 11, 2013 Updated: September 6, 2016

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:

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 for a complete menu of programs and services.

About the Author:

Tameka Montgomery
Tameka Montgomery

SBA Official

In 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.


Hey Tameka! Appreciate everything you guys do here at the SBA. I was actually looking to contact someone about a way for the SBA to reach out even further to local business owners than you already do (which is a lot). I had tried to find you on Twitter, find your contact information on here, etc. but I wasn't able to. I wanted to see if someone would be willing to speak to our group of local business owners. Who would be the best person to talk to about that? I left a message on Darryl Hairston's blog too.
Hi there! I am a moderator for community, is there something I might be able to help you with? Here's a link for SBA's contact information
Love all the support for small businesses. Definitely appreciate all the useful information. I really enjoy all the articles and comments other small businesses provide.
i think sba actually has a bigger impact, because there are many people in other countries that find it helpful especially in creating a business plan
Now that it looks like there won't be any government shutdowns for the next year or two due to the most recent budget compromise, hopefully The the SBA won't have to get caught up on its loan making abilities like it did earlier in 2013 when the Fed was shut down. Small business owners can only hope this is the case.
I did not know that all these resources existed in a very extended manner. Really appreciate the information and will get in contact with my local SBA office for further consulting. Thank you again!
So glad you find the resources useful - we're glad to be here to help! Best of luck with consulting with your district office.
with the partnership work is easy to do and it is helpful for business.
Mentoring is so vital to business. They do it at the highest levels of business and many times the small business owner is a lone ranger. We need help like this too. lol. Thanks for the share.
Truly SBA has done an excellent job as a mentor to provide all resources to support small business holder from time to time. Also observed their success rate, basis on which they have come forward with all the provided help .Hats off to the SBA's initiative as a true leader in all senses.


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