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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.

If you live in a rural area and are interested in getting your own business up and running, this section is for you. Living in a rural area can be isolating, but we at SBA haven't forgotten about you!  Are you familiar with the Rural Business Investment Program (RBIP)? The Rural Business Investment Program (RBIP) is a joint initiative between the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and SBA.

Are you nearing retirement and exploring new opportunities? Or, are you wondering how you will generate income once you retire? A growing number of individuals over the age of 50+, or “encore entrepreneurs”, are turning to small business ownership.

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.  SBA has a number of resources and tools to help encore entrepreneurs effectively prepare for starting and running a small business.

Opportunities for Young Entrepreneurs

Young people of today are the entrepreneurs of the future. The SBA has developed a Teen Website designed to introduce young entrepreneurs to the concept of small business ownership as a viable career choice. This innovative Website helps young people shape and implement their dreams of entrepreneurship.

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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