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Business Smart Toolkit

SBA Business Smart Toolkit

If you would like more information or have questions please email BusinessSmart@sba.gov. Please allow 2 business days for a response.

What is it?

The SBA Business Smart Toolkit is a ready-to-use workshop toolkit developed jointly by National Association for Government Guaranteed Lenders and SBA. The workshop lays the groundwork for helping new and aspiring entrepreneurs launch a business idea and understand the steps to building a business that is credit ready. The information is laid out simply in three modules.

The three modules focus on:

  1. Basics of Business startup

  2. Essentials of becoming credit-ready

  3. How and where to find additional small business support and educational resources.

Each module has approximately 60‐90 minutes of presentation material. The modules can be presented in a one-day [or multiple day] workshop(s), depending on what is best suited for the individual community.

The toolkit is available online for download here and includes:

  • Welcome Packet that includes tips and ideas for putting on a successful workshop

  • Three PowerPoint presentations (one for each of the Ready, Set, and Go modules)

  • Instructor Notes/guide

  • Customizable flyers to advertise the workshop (available in Word and PDF formats)

Who is it for?

The toolkit is designed for local community organizations whose constituents are: interested in starting a business but do not know where to begin. The curriculum allows the local organization to provide their constituents with enough basic knowledge to get them on the right track in starting a business and in connecting them to local resources to provider further support along their entrepreneurial journey. The toolkit and instructor guide are written at a level so that a community volunteer can feel comfortable presenting the information.

Why is it needed?

This toolkit helps ensure we are providing America's current and aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses with the most comprehensive and current support possible. We recognize that community leaders may want to provide business and financial information to their constituents but not know where to find this information in an easy to use format. The Business Smart Toolkit provides that support.

Cosponsorship Authorization # 15-6010-44. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.


ready ready ready
Business Smart Welcome Packet Business Smart Instructor Guide

Business Smart Flyers
( Word | PDF )

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Ready Module Set Module Go Module