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Get a Fresh Start for the New Year with SBA Resource Partners

Release Date: 
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Advisory Number: 
OPED
Contact: 
Matthew Nowak | matthew.nowak@sba.gov | 804-253-9088

Get a Fresh Start for the New Year with SBA Resource Partners

By Natalia Olson-Urtecho, U.S. Small Business Administration mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator

At the U.S. Small Business Administration, we’re focused on jumpstarting and elevating America’s small businesses. Collaboration with our resource partners is essential to our mission of helping small businesses, the engines of our economy, start and grow.

SBA resource partners provide quality one-on-one counseling, training and mentorship that can help to unleash small business potential.  In fiscal year 2014, these efforts helped small businesses get more than $4.7 billion in capital infusion, start over 13,500 new companies, and create and retain more than 70,000 jobs.

SBA resource partners are available to help entrepreneurs successfully build their small businesses, whether or not they’ve received other SBA assistance. Our resource partner network is comprised of SCORE, Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) and Women Business Centers (WBC).  Additionally, 15 organizations serve as Veterans Business Outreach Centers through cooperative agreements with SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development. Overall, SBA’s resource partners make small businesses a big deal with large impact: Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) counseled and trained 485,487 clients; SCORE, For the Life of Your Business, counseled and trained nearly 442,000 clients; and Women's Business Centers (WBCs) provided assistance to 140,037 clients.

SBA’s vast network of resource partners is smart, bold, and, accessible. They serve and mentor the dynamic demographics of the United States; including women, entrepreneurs over the age of 50, veterans, and millennial entrepreneurs. SBA resource partners have helped the small business community raise start up and growth capital, start new companies and sell billions of dollars in products and services globally.

One businesshttp://www.sba.gov/local that received SBA resource partner assistance in Virginia is CAO Artisan Chocolates, a bean to bar gourmet chocolate company located in Downtown Lynchburg. Carl and Mary Matice received business counseling from the Region 2000 SBDC during their search for a new packaging vendor. The mentoring and counselling received has successfully led to increased regional market share.

If you’re thinking of starting, growing or managing a small business, connect to your local SBA District Office at http://www.sba.gov/local. You can also search the nearest SBDCs, SCORE chapters, and WBCs to empower your next small business move.

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