Right On Course

The SBA goes to the head of the class with its new online education forum on raising capital.
This story first appeared in the May 1999 issue of Startups. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Looking for a crash course in raising money for your small business? The SBA has created several new online business courses, available through its Web site (www.sba.gov). These are seven- to 30-minute self-paced learning modules organized in an easy-to-follow format. Content is enhanced with graphics, audio and numerous links to other useful small-business learning resources.

One of these new e-classes "How To Raise Capital for a Small Business" guides users through the money maze, providing step-by-step help with preparing a bulletproof loan proposal, and explaining exactly how banks review loan requests. The site also offers a comprehensive training course on writing a winning business plan, with descriptions of all the necessary components.

Also worth checking out: the SBA's publication, How to Raise Money for a Small Business: Business Initiatives. Read it before trying to raise start-up money on your own. For more information, call (800) UASK-SBA.

Kurt Samson is a freelance business writer and public relations consultant in Annapolis, Maryland.

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