Maybe you’re a veteran entrepreneur or a business owner trying to break into the federal contracting arena or still have the training wheels on trying to get your small biz up and running— either way you should familiarize yourself with all that’s offered from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
The SBA is a federal agency created to assist small businesses in four primary areas: access to capital, entrepreneurial development, government contracting, and advocacy. Their website is immense but worth your while to dig around and see what resources, contracting opportunities, grants or tax credits may be available to your business.
Check out these links you may or may not have known existed that could help get your company to the next level:
- New to the small business world? Do you have a written business plan? Check here for guidance on how to create one.
- Is your business engaged in scientific research and development? Check out the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding opportunities.
- What types of loans does the SBA offer to help small businesses grow? Find out here.
- Interested in jumping in the federal contracting arena? Find out the steps to register and check out 8 tips on contracting.
- Trying to find your nearest SBA location?
- Want to LIVE chat with an expert? Check out the learning center.
- Need to register your business? It can be done under choose & register your business.
- Are you a woman owned small business or a service-disabled veteran-owned small business? Learn about the different SBA certifications, programs and their eligibility requirements.
- Check out the SBA blog for many different educational articles such as- How to Prepare your Business to Graduate from the 8(a) Program.
- Trying to navigate the Affordable Care Act? Find out what the law means for your business here.
Another avenue of resources to consider is membership in groups such as the National Federation of Independent Business, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and/or your local chapter, or the National Small Business Association.
Even if you’ve owned a small business for over 40 years, it’s always beneficial to stay updated and educated on all the resources available and how they can enhance your business.