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General Business Resources

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SBA Size Standards Tool

An easy-to-use online tool to calculate whether your business qualifies as “small” according to federal standards, provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Look up results based on your NAICS codes and yearly receipts.

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Certified Development Company

Certified Development Companies (CDCs) are nonprofit corporations certified and regulated by SBA that work with participating lenders to provide financing to small businesses. There are 243 CDCs nationwide, each covering a specific geographic area. Find one near you.

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Disaster Field Office

The Office of Disaster Assistance provides low-interest disaster loans to repair or replace property damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster. There are two offices: Disaster Field Operations Center – East (FOCE) and Disaster Field Operations Center – West (FOCW).

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SBA Loan Center

There are 6 SBA loan centers across the United States. SBA sets guidelines for loans made by its partnering lenders, community development organizations, and micro-lending institutions.

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U.S. Export Assistance Center

There are 111 U.S. Export Assistance Centers that provide export assistance for small- or medium-sized businesses, helping them compete in today’s global marketplace.

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Regional Innovation Clusters

The SBA has 14 Regional Innovation Clusters across the country that focus specifically on rural business development. Explore the regional innovation clusters nearest you.

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Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs)

The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) Program provides entrepreneurial development services to transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard & Reserve members, and military spouses interested in starting or growing a small business. There are 22 Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC).

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Women’s Business Centers (WBCs)

SBA Women’s Business Centers are a national network of more than 100 centers that offer one-on-one counseling, training, networking, workshops, technical assistance and mentoring to women entrepreneurs. Find a nearby WBC for more assistance.

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Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs)

The nationwide Procurement Technical Assistance Program has 94 Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs)—with over 300 local offices—that that help local businesses compete successfully in the government marketplace. Connect with your local PTAC to learn more about government contracting.

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SCORE

SCORE is a nonprofit organization whose members provide free consultation services to entrepreneurs. The organization operates more than 300 chapters throughout the United States and offers its services in-person or online.

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8(a) Business Development Program

The 8(a) Business Development Program is a program for specially qualified businesses that are small, socially or economically disadvantages, or Native-American owned. A Native-owned business can choose to apply to this program as a business development strategy.

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SBA Learning Center

SBA’s Learning Center offers scores of online video courses on all aspects of business management, suitable for entrepreneurs of all types. Course categories include: planning, launching, managing, and growing your new business.

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Small Business at USA.gov

A library of resources for small businesses, including answers to questions about starting a business, paying taxes, importing and exporting, operating a nonprofit, and more.

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