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Put Uncle Sam in your corner with free help from the SBA.

This story appears in the April 1998 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

The saying "You get what you pay for" doesn't apply to the affordable, often free, expert help available for start-up entrepreneurs from the SBA. Seminars, individual counseling and free computer time are just some of the services the SBA provides through Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) and Business Information Centers (BICs). Here's a closer look at what each can offer you.

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)

According to Johnnie Albertson, associate administrator for the Small Business Development Centers, there are more than 1,000 SBDCs nationwide offering free individual counseling as well as low-cost business workshops. Most SBDC offerings are planned on a state and local basis, meaning they're tailored to your area's economic needs.

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