BUSINESS RESOURCE GUIDE (Business Advice and Technical Assistance)
Small Business Administration
– The SBA has a number of programs that benefit small businesses, including:
8(a) Business Development Program
– The SBA's 8(a) BD Program, named for a section of
the Small Business Act, is a business development initiative that
helps small disadvantaged business concerns compete in the American
economy. As part of the business development of the 8(a) firms, SBA
helps small disadvantaged business concerns to access the Federal
contracting marketplace. Certification through the SBA 8 (a) program
is required for participation in this program.
- Central Contractor Registration
CCR is the primary registrant database for the U.S. Federal
Government. CCR collects, validates, stores and disseminates data in
support of agency acquisition missions.
HUBZone program –
The purpose of the HUBZone program is to provide federal contracting
assistance for qualified small business concern located in historically
underutilized business zones. To be a qualified HUBZone small business
concern, a company must be a small business, owned and controlled
only by US citizens, have the "principle office" located
in a HUBZone, have at least 35% of the company's employees residing
in a HUBZone (doesn't have to be the same HUBZone as the company's
principal office), and be certified under the Small Business Administration’s
SBA Office of Advocacy –
This office’s mission is to encourage policies that
support the development and growth of American small businesses. Advocacy
represents the nation's small businesses within the federal government;
conducts policy studies; and compiles statistics on small business
characteristics and contributions.
Office of Women’s Business
Ownership – OWBO promotes the growth of women-owned
businesses through programs that address business training and technical
assistance, and provide access to credit and capital, federal contracts,
and international trade opportunities. With a women's business ownership
representative in every SBA district office, a nationwide network
of mentoring roundtables, women's business centers in nearly every
state and territory, women-owned venture capital companies, and the
Online Women's Business Center, OWBO is helping unprecedented numbers
of women start and build successful businesses. At every stage of
developing and expanding a successful business, the Office of Women's
Business Ownership is here to counsel, teach, encourage and inspire.
Office of Veterans Business
Development – OVBD is dedicated to serving the veteran
entrepreneur by formulating, executing and promoting policies and
programs of the agency that provides assistance to veterans seeking
to start and develop small businesses.
Federal Business Opportunities
- This is
the single government point-of-entry for Federal government procurement
opportunities more than $25,000. Government buyers are able to publicize
their business opportunities by posting information directly to FedBizOpps
via the Internet. Through one portal – FedBizOpps – commercial
vendors seeking Federal markets for their products and services can
search, monitor, and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire
Federal contracting community. Once you are signed up with FedBizOpps,
you will receive announcements by email.
U.S. Department of Commerce
– While the
SBA is the primary federal agency that advises and assists small businesses,
the U.S. Department of Commerce has a number of programs that provide
information and/or services to U.S. businesses, including:
Bureau of Industry and Security
Mission Statement – The mission of the Bureau of Industry
and Security (BIS) is to advance U.S. national security, foreign policy,
and economic interests. BIS's activities include regulating the export
of sensitive goods and technologies in an effective and efficient
manner; enforcing export control, anti-boycott, and public safety laws;
cooperating with and assisting other countries on export control and
strategic trade issues; assisting U.S. industry to comply with international
arms control agreements; monitoring the viability of the U.S. defense
industrial base; and promoting federal initiatives and public-private
partnerships to protect the nation's critical infrastructures.
Economics and Statistics Administration
– Much of the statistical, economic, and demographic
information collected by the Federal Government is made available
to the public through the bureaus and offices of the Department of
Commerce that are known collectively as the Economics and Statistics
Bureau of Economic Analysis
– BEA is the Nation's accountant, interpreting data
to draw a complete picture of the U.S. economy. BEA's economic accounts
provide information on economic growth, regional development, and
the Nation's position in the world economy.
Bureau of the Census –
The Constitution commands that a census be taken every 10 years. The
purpose is the apportionment of seats in Congress, but the information
collected provides the cornerstone of knowledge about the people of
STAT-USA – The
One-Stop Internet Source for Business and Economic Data, publishing
the best business and economic information that the Federal Government
has to offer. STAT-USA gathers crucial, timely information from over
50 Federal Agencies.
Economic Development Administration
– The EDA is a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce
working through local governments to generate new jobs, help retain
existing jobs and stimulate industrial and commercial growth in distressed
areas of the United States.
International Trade Administration
– See Shreveport Export Assistance Center under the
International Trade Section.
Minority Business Development
Agency – This agency was created specifically to encourage
the growth of minority-owned businesses in the United States. It coordinates
federal government plans, programs and operations that affect minority
business enterprises. It promotes and coordinates the activities of
government and private organizations that help minority businesses
grow. It collects and distributes information to help those interested
in starting or expanding a minority-owned firm, and it provides financial
assistance to organizations to provide management and technical assistance
to minority entrepreneurs.
Patent and Trademark Office –
For over 200
years, the basic role of PTO has been to promote the progress of science
and the useful arts by securing for authors and inventors the exclusive
right to their writings and discoveries for a limited time.
Technology Administration –
TA manages three
major agencies, the National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST), the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), and the
Office of Technology Policy (OTP).
U.S. Chamber of Commerce –
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's
Small Business Institute provides a wide range of affordable and effective
training tools and products developed for small and growing businesses.