The SBA has an online learning center!
Small Business Learning Center – Online Courses, Videos, and Interactive Chat
The learning center
is a redesigned, online learning portal for small business entrepreneurs. It has a streamlined, searchable catalog of small business educational resources including self-paced, free courses, videos and web sessions.
Have you ever mentored entrepreneurs who aren’t entirely clear on what competition they face? Finding the right competitive research and analysis for a specific industry can be challenging but now it’s easier. SBA.gov features a free, easy-to-use tool called SizeUp
that helps small businesses look at how their business industry stacks up against the competition in specific locations and provides information on where to advertise. Simply enter the industry, city and state to get access to customizable reports and statistics about the industry and its competition.
Events Calendar – Locate Business Training and Seminars
SBA and its partners, including Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and SCORE, hold hundreds of small business training seminars and workshops across the country. With SBA’s Events Calendar
, small businesses can quickly find and sign up for training. Enter a date range and/or zip code to locate events in your area. Check with your local SBA office if you’d like to input your resource partner events into the SBA calendar.
Business Plan Writer
The new Build a Business Plan tool
guides entrepreneurs through the process of creating a basic, downloadable business plan. The tool is secure and confidential and will keep the plan on record for up to six months for downloading or emailing at any time.
Size Standards Tool –Find Out Fast if You Qualify for Government Contracts
In order to be eligible to sell to the government and compete for small business “set-aside” contracts, small business owners have had to rummage through various rules and matrices to find out if their business is truly “small” according to SBA size standards. Now, with this new Size Standards Tool
, follow three simple steps to cut through the guesswork and quickly find out eligibility.