Celebrate National Small Business Week With Small Business Resources
Home based business owners can sometimes feel isolated. So it’s good to know someone is batting for small business owners. National Small Business week 2008 runs from April 21 - April 25.
Since 1963, every President has declared National Small Business Week to formally recognize the important role of America’s small business community.
Even if you can’t get together with other business owners for National Small Business Week events in your area, The National Small Business Week site lists some useful resources for small business.
Small Business Resources
SBA’s Small Business Training Network
A virtual campus housing free training courses, workshops and knowledge resources available 24/7. http://www.sba.gov/training/
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)
Provide management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. http://www.sba.gov/sbdc/aboutus.html
A nationwide network of small business counselors offering free email advice.
Women’s Business Centers
Represent a national network of nearly 100 educational centers providing business assistance, counseling, mentoring including home based businesses. http://www.sba.gov/idc/groups/public/documents/sba_program_office/sba_pr_wbc_ed.pdf
The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC)
Advisory council and policy recommendations to the President, Congress and the SBA on economic issues of importance to women business owners.
Introduces young entrepreneurs to the concept of small business ownership.
U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs)
Provide export information and development assistance to small businesses.
Small Business Administration
The Government’s Small Business Web Portal
The Government’s Official Web Portal
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Internal Revenue Service
International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
LEARN ABOUT GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES
Take SBA’s free online course: Business Opportunities: A Guide to Winning Federal Contracts.
SBA offers numerous financial assistance programs to help small firms raise capital. http://www.sba.gov/services/financialassistance/index.html.