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Software Freebies SBA offers shareware for business finance

By Kurt J. Samson

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Ready to make a beeline for the nearest mall to grab someoverpriced bit of business financing software? Freeze, turkey. Nowask yourself, wouldn't it be great to get this stuff withoutdraining your business's bank account?

Believe it or not, smart entrepreneurs are saving money onsoftware every day at the SBA's Web site: Tucked away in thesite is a comprehensive library of computer shareware that coversevery aspect of business finance, all free for the taking (http://www.sbaonline.sba.gov/shareware/finfile.html).Think of it this way-you pay taxes, so why not get your money'sworth?

The SBA's library includes more than 100 downloadablesoftware programs covering areas like accounting, bank loans,financial analysis spreadsheets, invoicing, venture capital,business plan templates-you name it, they've got it. Softwarefor small-business billing, loan tracking and contract management,check processing, employee payroll, and cash-flow enhancement ...the list goes on.

Other shareware at the SBA site offers help in buying, sellingand negotiating investments; client invoicing; debt management;inventory control; and billing rates. Call (800) 827-5722 for moreinformation.

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

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