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Small Business Development Centers

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With nearly 900 locations across the country, Small Business Development Centers offer free one-on-one expert business advice and low-cost training by qualified small business professionals to existing and future entrepreneurs. The SBDC program includes special focus areas such as, green business technology, disaster recovery and preparedness, import and export assistance, veterans assistance, electronic commerce, technology transfer and regulatory compliance. A number of SBDC networks have specialized programs or centers dedicated to these focus areas.

To request personal assistance, go to www.asbdc-us.org to find a Small Business Development Center near you. Please do not leave your request for assistance, including your email address or phone number, as a comment on this website.

Contact Information
Small Business Administration
SBA AnswerDesk
Office of Entrepreneurial Development

1-800-827-5722

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There are a number of resources available to help entrepreneurs start and grow businesses – including loans and training.
• Contact your local Small Business Development Center. Go to www.asbdc-us.org to find an office near you.
• Connect with a business mentor. Visit www.score.org or call 1.800.634.0245 to find a SCORE chapter in your area.
• Contact the U.S. Small Business Administration at 1.800.827.5722 or submit your question to answerdesk@sba.gov.

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Margaret T.Gorman's picture

I have two daughter with downs syndrome I have invested in amil order catalog and ecommerce website. I have perchased the optimization package and sent catalogs. that is the main focus I purchased a 5000 mail list and got a bulk mail permit . the girls tag all the catalogs with our company name email and web site address we generated about 5 sales for 2000 catalogs not nearly enough to cover the cost and they all sent by mail. the website has done nothing outside friend and families . I have put on a sale to 45% off the retail cost and offered free shipping . I currently have a hit number of 13859 and still no out side sales . I am listed on amazon and ebay and have sold items there . I get rave reviews of the merchandise. I am now out of money. I have borrowed 22000 from retirement to start this business. I feel it will take off, I just need to advertise and go from there. my personal credit is not so great. any suggestions. all monies from sales are currently reinvested.
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There are a number of resources available to help entrepreneurs start and grow an export business. I've listed some places I think may be of assistance:

• Contact your local Small Business Development Center. Go to www.asbdc-us.org to find an office near you.
• Connect with a business mentor. Visit www.score.org or call 1.800.634.0245 to find a SCORE chapter in your area.
• Contact the U.S. Small Business Administration at 1.800.827.5722 or submit your question to answerdesk@sba.gov.
• If you are a minority, contact a Minority Business Enterprise Center. To request personal assistance, go to https://cybercemetery.unt.edu/archive/oilspill/20121019105134/http://www.mbda.gov/main/offices to connect with an office near you.

Good luck with your business venture.

Sam Raad 's picture

i want to establish a Molasses Tobacco Factory where to get the Standard specifications for the manufacture of molasses tobacco? what kind of Permit i need for the factory building what kind and which agency i have to check with about regestiring the product . what kind of taxes i have to pay . sorry for the long list waiting for your reply
cslating's picture

Permits, licensing and registration are usually managed locally. I suggest you click the State and Local tab on the top of this page and then click on your state. A number of state and local resources will display and I know one of those will be licensing. Give them a call.

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In order to start a school for Nursing Aides training, check with your State Licensing Board. They will have the information you need to get started including the application and additional instructions. This type of program is governed by the licensing board, so you must get approval from them in order to start operations. I hope this helps.
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In addition to the good advice offered by another writer, I suggest you also contact a District Small Business Administration (SBA) office. To find your local district office, please go here: www.sba.gov/localresources. If yours will be a woman-owned business, you can also take a look at the Women's Business Centers information on this website.

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Karlene Sinclair-Robinson's picture

It is best to first check with your local area bank. If that does not work, seek out one of the Small Business Development Centers in your area that offer Microloan programs that could possibly help you. Don't give up.
cslating's picture

Please contact your local SBA district office. They can go over your situation and recommend some next steps. They will most likely ask you to work with a small business advisor in your area who can help with strategies for obtaining a loan or other financing. To find your local SBA district office, please go here: www.sba.gov/localresources.

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I would like to open a youth center in my area. Where do I begin?
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I WOULD LIKE TO START MY ON BUSINESS , I NEED HELP WITH FUNDING , I AM UNEMPLOYED NOW, SO I DON'T HAVE ANY START UP MONEY, SO DO U HAVE ANY EFFECTIVE COUNSEL FOR ME OR ANY INFO WILL HELP MY EMAI ADDRESS IS tamishaharris@yahoo.com. THANKS
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How do we find overseas buyers for our used cars, trucks, suv's?
jaardappel's picture

Go to www.trade.gov and enter your zip code. You can then find the local US Export Assistance Center near you. Contact them and they will assist you with exporting your vehicles.

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