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Getting the Most Out of the SBA

The SBA has both online and offline resources for entrepreneurs. Are you using them?

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This story appears in the October 2001 issue of HomeOfficeMag.com.

When you're first starting a business, the SBA can be an invaluable resource for start-up information and assistance. But with both a Web site and physical locations in the form of Small Business Development Centers and local SBA offices to choose from, how do you know whether to hop online or hop in your car?

After spending some time on both the SBA Web site and in a local SBDC, I found the best method is to do both. I recently spent a few hours exploring the site, finding the standard bank listings, SBA programs, links to helpful Web sites and the like. The Online Library, which lets you read the materials online or print them, is of course accessible 24 hours a day, while the resource center limits you to its hours of operation. Information on the site is also updated more regularly than the printed materials and is supplemented with links to a variety of other sites.

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