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Small Business Administration: A Primer on Programs
Entrepreneurial development provides technical and managerial training to small businesses.
Some of this is free and other training is at low cost and includes the Service Corps of Retired
Executives, Small Business Development Centers, Women's Business Centers, and Native
American Outreach programs.
The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) uses more than 11,000 volunteers to bring
practical experience to start-up small business and to those thinking about starting a new small
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide free or low-cost assistance to small
businesses using programs customized to local conditions. SBDCs support small business in
marketing and business strategy, finance, technology transfer, government contracting,
management, manufacturing, engineering, sales, accounting, exporting, and other topics. SBDCs
are funded by grants from the SBA and matching funds. There are more than 1,100 SBDCs and at
least one in every state and territory.
Women's Business Centers (WBCs) are similar to SBDCs, except they concentrate on assisting
women entrepreneurs. There are WBCs in most states and territories.
The SBA's Office of Native American Affairs works to encourage native Americans (native
American Indians, native Alaskans, and native Hawaiians) to start and expand small businesses.
Advocacy and Other
SBA's Office of Advocacy
The mission of the SBA's Office of Advocacy is to represent small businesses, small
organizations, and small governments within the federal government and to promote research on
small business. Among its activities are sponsoring and encouraging research into the role of
small businesses in the national economy and encouraging federal agencies to specifically
consider the impact of regulations on small businesses. Advocacy also includes the National
Women's Business Council and the Veterans Business Development centers.
The National Women's Business Council (NWBC) is an independent office within the SBA
charged with undertaking programs to support women-owned businesses.
The Office of Veterans Business Development encourages veterans who are interested in starting
a small business or who own one.
4o For further analysis see CRS Report R41352, Small Business Management and Technical Assistance Training
Programs, by Robert Jay Dilger and Oscar R. Gonzales.
Congressional Research Service
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