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With more funding, SBDCs can lead you in the right direction.
Small businesses may soon have access to a new translation service--not for when they need to pore over foreign language import rules, but rather to get help from Small Business Development Centers on deciphering the mumbo-jumbo that often characterizes small-business regulations. Rep. John Sweeney's (R-NY) National Small Business Regulatory Assistance Act of 2005 (H.R. 230) has passed both the House and Senate in previous Congresses; 2005 may be the year it lands on President Bush's desk for signing.
There are now 63 Lead SBDCs--one or more in each state, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands-with a network of more than 1,100 service subcenters. The SBA provides 50 percent or less of the operating funds for each state SBDC.
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