Taking the steps necessary to starting a business can be overwhelming to an entrepreneur. There are many excellent websites and organizations to help a budding entrepreneur. While starting a business takes an investment of time on an entrepreneur’s part, the information from several organizations and thousands of small business counselors and mentors is generally free.
Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC)
The Association of Small Business Development Centers is a network, the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States. ASBDC helps budding entrepreneurs start their business and assist existing businesses to remain competitive.
The approximate 1,000 centers are often located at leading universities, colleges, and state economic development agencies, available to provide no-cost consulting and low-cost training to new businesses. Small Business Development Centers are funded in part through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) 8990 Burke Lake Road, Second Floor Burke, VA 22015 703-764-9850 asbdc-us.org
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
The Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to help Americans start, build and grow small businesses. The SBA is charged with aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting the interests of small businesses and preserving free competitive enterprise in America.
SBA's programs include financial and federal contract procurement assistance, management assistance and specialized outreach to women, minorities and military veterans. Since 1964, SBA offers loans to victims of natural disasters and international trade assistance. Businesspeople can receive counseling and specialized training programs online.
U.S. Small Business Administration 409 3rd Street, SW Washington, DC 20416 1-800-U-ASK-SBA sba.gov
National Veteran Owned Business Administration (NaVOBA)
In 2001, three Navy veterans founded veteran-owned businesses named Victory Media and G.I. Jobs, a print and online magazine assisting veterans wanting to find civilian employment. In 2004, the three veterans started holding expositions promoting the concept of hiring veterans and buying from veterans.
There are about 3 million veteran-owned businesses in America. NaVOBA is a membership association acting as the national voice for veteran businesses working to convince American corporations and the U.S. government to use veteran-owned business as preferred vendors.
National Veteran Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) 429 Mill St. Coraopolis. PA 15108 412-424-0164 navoba.com/