Small Business Administration
409 Third Street, S. W., Washington, D. C. 20416
Telephone 1-800-8-ASK-SBA (toll-free)
The fundamental purposes of the Small Business Administration are to aid,counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business; ensure that small business concerns receive a fair portion of Government purchases, contracts, and subcontracts, as well as the sales of Government property; make loans to small business concerns, state and local development companies, and the victims of floods or other catastrophes, or of certain types of economic injury; and license, regulate, and make loans to small business investment companies.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) was created by the Small Business Act of 1953--added authority and decisions over the years make the SBA what it is today.
Much of the following material was condensed and edited form of the Small Business Administration's Web site--with added content designed to inform visitors to the Federal Gateway™ site.
- Homepage and Introductory Information
- News, Public Affairs, History, etc.
- Customer Service
- Emergency Response
- Business Ownership: Educational, Research, and Reference Resources
- Starting A Business
- Business Expansion
- Federal Information Technology Sales NEW!
- Technology Transfer
- Electronic Commerce
- Disadvantaged Business
- Minority-Women's Business References
- Information Technology
- Business Law Assistance
- International Trade
- General Information Resources
- U.S. Business Advisor - GSA
- A Business Perspective
Learn About SBA comprehensive introduction.
Web Site Map helpful introduction to SBA.
Search SBA's Hotlist topical search.
US Government Blue Pages Online Directory federal telephone directory.
SBA: Headline and Other News menu of news sources.
Calendar of Events nationwide listing of SBA events.
Score senior business consulting service---supplied by the SBA at no cost.
Local Information Matrix clickable U. S. map which renders local SBA data.
Emergency Management WWW and Gopher sites relates how the SBA lends money to victims of floods, riots, or other catastrophes and/or grants loans otherwise to businesses, homeowners, etc. that have sustained similar loss due to natural disasters. The lead role in disaster response is the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Often, other federal organizations (Agriculture, Treasury, etc.) can become heavily involved in disasters.
SBA Disaster Assistance Home-Page includes same contents as above.
SBA Opportunities outreach for small businesses.
The Economy - GPO Access business oriented sites.
Small Business Resources - DOC various organizations.
Small Business Administration Data Gopher reviews U.S.state governments contractors listings.
IRS - Digital Daily starting, operating, etc. a business.
SBA Shareware Library Options covers over 500 items concerning starting, financing, and expanding a business.
How to retrieve files using anonymous ftp business educational information.
GSA's Business/Finance Information Page business learning resources.
Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate - LSU Libraries overview document.
Economy Overview - DOC business statistics.
Procurement Place considerations in doing federal sales.
Smart Business Supersite information resources.
SBA - Starting You Business Main Page resources.
Starting Your Business (SBA) take SBA's 31 question quiz in preparation of initiating your own business---discusses opportunities and provides solid suggestions.
SCORE professionals offer free consulting advice.
Business Resource Center heavy on business planning and other key topics.
The Small Business Resource a basic presentation on going into business.
Financing Your Business (SBA) details loan programs.
Small Business Development Centers Homepage (SBDC) loan possibilities.
National SBDC Research Network over 900 Small Business Development Centers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands---also arms entrepreneurs with business data.
Federal Supply Service contracts for products and services for other federal organizations.
Entrepreneurial Edge Magazine source for business data.
Quirk's Marketing Research Review marketing research.
SBA: Growing Your Business comprehensive resource.
U.S. Business Advisor one-stop business resource.
SBA Expanded Hotlist Site Map solid business resource.
The Marr/Kirkwood Official Guide rates over 500 business schools.
SBA Online Business Cards promotional opportunities.
Search SBA's Hotlist starting and managing a business---and more.
Gopher Menu factual business education information.
SBA Gopher Options helpful business insights.
SBA FTP locations business expansion options.
SBA Download Area varied menu of business topics.
Consumer Price Indexes statistical source.
SBA Shareware Library of Business Oriented Files and Programs the " how to" of starting and expanding a business--covers pricing, planning, etc.
Federal Government Sales SBA's Office of Government Contracting provides a wide range of assistance--small firms are given preference in buying government resources (timber, mineral leases, etc.) and surplus property.
Federal Supply Schedules Program government (GSA) key buying program--this site has a free course on using this system.
Acquisition Information Directory an overview of a portion of the procurement environment--GSA program discriptions.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance searchable facility for seeking government-wide programs, projects, services, and activities which provide assistance or benefits to the American public.
U.S. General Stores/One-Stop Capital Shops Inventory unique opportunity to sell to government organizations.
Federal Contracting (SBA) doing business with the federal government.
Federal Acquisition Jumpstation federal procurement sites.
Procurement - GPO Access survey document.
The Federal Acquisition Virtual Library informative procurement and business information resources.
Gov't Sources of Business and Economic Info on the Internet LOC document for business people.
Small Business GPO Access doing business with GSA and other agencies.
Business - GPO Access survey document..
The mother-of -all Federal Government buying agencies is the General Services Administration (GSA). Each year this Service purchases billions in common-use goods and services. A good start at finding out if there is some promise for your products or services in the Federal Market is to review what is currently being purchased. If appropriate, investigate what GSA is buying in your product or service category. The SBA has good advice in approaching this market- -but do not forget the value of your own personal investigative efforts in this regard.
GSA Advantage!™ will give you a view of what is being purchased--SBA and GSA can help you in this regard.
CDNet Commerce Business Daily publication announces federal business opportunities and awards of contracts.
U. S. Business Advisor business information service.
The FSS Contractor Guide doing business with GSA.
Washington Management Group leading federal consulting firm in Washington, D.C.--design and execute federal marketing plans.
National Technology Transfer Center (NASA) concerns joint development and commercialization of government technology.
SBA Technology government contracting information.
BidRadar(TM) receive free Email over your area of federal bids, awards, etc.
Simple FAR Search of a FAR Search Database an Air Force training utility that makes the Federal Acquisition Regulations more understandable.
FAR Research quick reference to these topics.
Federal Acquisition Vertical Library - Arnet cover acquisition subjects across the government.
Governmentwide Policy Matters - Policy Works gives an insight into what the federal government thinks of itself---interesting reading.
Office of Technology (SBIR) a good survey piece that explains SBIR and STTR, FAQs, successful proposals, solicitations, awards, etc.
Funding Opportunities - Search Community of Science contracting situations.
House Small Business Committee members listing.
Senate Small Business Committee members listing.
Small Business Administration Gopher federal sales.
Air Force & Prime introduces the major Air Force Commands and activities.
Institute for Women's Policy Research independent research and policy group that reports on issues critical to women.
Women in Business Hotlist - SBA covers many key Small Business topics.
Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) local business assistance.
Minority Business Resources Directory of Associations Email and URL's.
The National Women's Hall of Fame lists125 women.
SBA resources listing of SBA offices and activities.
Federal Acquisition Regulations Information Technology Committee - GSA a group that proposes information technology procurement regulations.
Managing Information Resources for Accessibility information resources for individuals with disabilities.
The Internet Society reports on the latest government rulings that affect the Internet--and more.
Law/Talk practical legal subject matters (bounced checks, rent-to-own contracts, etc.) by the Indiana University School of Law.
SBA's Office of Intentional Trade introduction to global business.
Country Commercial Guides (NTI) solid market information.
Women In Exporting Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration--the lead organization on nonagricultural U. S. Government trade activities.