Mon, 08/24/2020 6:50 PM
Entrepreneurs can use free online training and other resources offered by the US Small Business Administration to assist them during this time of economic recovery.
The SBA offers a variety of online courses to help small businesses manage their businesses more effectively in the current economy. The course topics are available directly at https://www.sba.gov/learning-center, include competitive advantage, regulatory requirements, market research, pricing, customer understanding and social media.
“As the country’s small businesses recover from COVID-19, the SBA resource partners are working to guide small businesses through numerous projects and stages of capital access, and even help them change and realign their business models. The SBA Resource Partner Network offers small businesses free business advice and training – and you can reserve a one-on-one appointment with them virtually or over the phone. I strongly encourage small business owners and nonprofits to contact the Small Business Development Center, SCORE Mentors, Women’s Business Center, or Veterans Business Outreach Center; These SBA resource partners can even help all PPP beneficiaries collect information and fill in the required PPP waiver forms that their lender will collect – for free, “said Steve Bulger, SBA Regional Administrator, who runs New York, New York, New York business Jersey, Surveillance, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
In the current economic climate, “Financing Your Business” is the most popular. This course covers topics such as determining your own financial needs, loans, grants, venture capital, angel investors, crowdfunding, and other finance options available to small businesses.
Each free course is self-paced and provides hands-on guidance on how to keep economic conditions under control. These and other courses are available on the SBA website at www.sba.gov.
“The SBA helps small businesses with the resources and tools they need in the current business cycle,” said Franklin J. Sciortino, SBA district director in Buffalo. “In addition, our district office has a variety of local resources and recommendations for small businesses to help them recover. learn more here: www.sba.gov/ny/buffalo. “
The SBA can also help locate local agencies and lenders. Business owners can: speak to an SBA representative about funding opportunities and identify local, participating SBA lenders; Find out about SBA’s Lender Match, a free online tool that connects small businesses with SBA-approved CDFIs and small lenders; and train with expert guidance and mentoring services by speaking to an SBA representative or resource partner about management support.