If you are looking for resources for your small business, the U.S. Small Business Administration is a great place to start. SBA continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. As the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses, the SBA provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise so businesses can confidently start, grow, expand, or recover.
For counseling, the SBA recognizes that supporting entrepreneurship is a team effort. That’s why we formed the SBA’s Resource Partner Network, which consists of SCORE, Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), Women’s Business Centers (WBCs), and Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs). These local partners extend our reach, offering free or low-cost mentoring, counseling, and training to help you start-up and thrive at all stages of business. Together, we can help you plan your business, conduct market research, analyze your competition, and secure funding. Additional information including a list of resource partners is available in our SBA Resource Guide
The SBA can also help with ways to Become a Federal Contractor by:
Evaluating your readiness for government contracting
Assisting you in registering as a government contractor
Showing you how to navigate federal contracting rules
Discovering matchmaking opportunities with federal buyers
Getting you qualified for contracts through small business set aside programs
If you need help with funding, the SBA works with community development organizations and approved lenders to offer microloans and SBA-guaranteed loans. For lenders, SBA-backed loans mean reduced risk. For you, our funding programs result in:
Lower down payments
Flexible overhead requirements
Counseling and education
Use our online Lender Match tool to find an SBA Lender that’s right for your business at www.sba.gov/lendermatch.
Lastly, this year’s disaster assistance programs have been vital to the sustainment of our nation’s small businesses. This year we provided over $194 billion to over 3 million small businesses impacted by COVID-19 through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Each year, we also provide billions of dollars in low-interest, long-term disaster loans directly to small businesses, homeowners, and renters located in declared disaster areas. Loan terms are established according to each borrower’s ability to repay, and the funds can be used to help cover physical damage and economic injury.
Furthermore, the SBA is backed by the strength of the federal government and is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business. With a powerful seat at the table in Washington, D.C., the SBA promotes job growth and a stronger economy by advocating for and supporting small businesses.
Simply put, the SBA empowers small businesses to succeed. And it will help yours do the same.