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Small-business newbies can learn the ropes online.

By Nichole L. Torres

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Need a crash course in entrepreneurship? Check out the onlineclassroom at the SBA Web site, where you can learn all about the insand outs of starting and running your own business. According toJames O'Connor, director of the Office of e-Small Business atthe SBA, "The [class] is comprehensive and easy touse."

This free, interactive class offers specific sections rangingfrom basic start-up information-such as deciding what kind ofbusiness to launch-to detailed lessons on accounting and cash flow.More than just a series of articles, the class reads like aninteresting textbook--complete with charts and quizzes at the endof each section.

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