August 17, 2014: SBA Updates

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Ask the SBA Administrator

Live Online Event with Google Small Business Community

SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet will be answering your questions live during a Hangout on Air in the Google Small Business Community. Want to learn how the SBA can help you start and grow your business?

Join us to find out on Wednesday, August 27 at 4:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM PT

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Keeping SCORE: 10.5 Million Entrepreneurs Served

For half a century, thousands of seasoned American executives and retired business owners have provided pro bono consulting services to 10.5 million American entrepreneurs. SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet remarks on the 50 years of these volunteers’ contributions through SCORE.

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Three NEW Free Online Training Business Courses

  • Strategic Planning for Small Businesses 
    Are you looking for tools to create a successful strategic plan that will help improve your business’s success? This coursewill explain the difference between strategic planning and other types of planning and describe the typical steps in the strategic planning process.
  • Savings Plans for Small Businesses
    Do you have a savings plan for your business? Take this course to learn how life events, retirement and even taxes play a role in developing a savings plan.
  • Selling Your Business
    If you are in the process of selling or closing your business,then this course is for you. Topics covered include defining a business exit strategy, transferring ownership of a business, steps to closing a business, and preparing a sales agreement.


Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars

SBA and Small Business Majority will continue to host free Affordable Care Act 101 weekly webinars so small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in health insurance marketplaces.

In addition, Spanish-speaking small employers throughout the country can join representatives from SBA, HHS and Small Business Majority for ACA 101 webinars in Spanish. Below are the registration links for the upcoming Spanish-language webinars, which will be held every other Tuesday throughout the summer and fall. 


Why a Real Estate Line of Credit is a Smart Choice for Investors

As a real estate investor, putting together a variety of financing tools at your disposal is a key component for executing your deals. One popular type of real estate financing method is using a real estate line of credit. Here’s what you should know.

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Are You Prepared For a Disaster?

Start your disaster recovery plan today with free tools from SBA.



Counseling and Training

Get free business training and counseling – online and across the country. 



Online Government Contracting Training

Understanding government contracts and how to obtain them.