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US Small Business Administration (SBA)

What they do:

  • Offer a variety of programs through which small businesses can secure loans from bank. The loans are guaranteed by the SBA but administered by the lending institution.

Programs:

  • SBA Small Business Development Centers (SBDC): business owners receive technical advice for managing their business.
  • Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs): privately owned and operated companies which supply equity capital, long term loans and management assistance to qualifying small businesses.
  • Specialized SBICs (SSBIC): provide assistance solely to small businesses owned by socially or economically disadvantaged persons.
  • Women's Business Centers (WBCs): home-based businesses, corporate executive downsizing and welfare-to-work with emphasis on concerns of women in small business.

Contact:

Your Local SBA Office "US Government" in your telephone directory, or
SBA Answer Desk: 1-800-U-ASK-SBA
Email: answerdesk@sba.gov
Fax: 202-205-7064
TDD: 704-344-6640
Website: http://www.sba.gov

Women's Business Center Contact:

Phone: (202) 205-6673
Email: owbo@sba.gov
Website: http://www.onlinewbc.org/
List of Women's business organization links: http://www.onlinewbc.org/womens_business.html
Business Startup Center: http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/1/2895