Small Business Development Centers
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) offer free business advising, mentoring and training classes to help business owners improve management skills and business profitability.
SBDCs provide a broad range of service, depending on the needs of their local business community, usually including these:
- development of business plans
- manufacturing assistance
- financial packages
- procurement contracts
- international trade and export assistance
- technology transfer
- disaster recovery assistance
- IRS, EPA, and OSHA regulatory compliance
- research and development
- market research
SBDC services are available to all small business owners, with specialized programs for minorities, women, veterans, and others. There are more than 900 local SBDCs throughout the United States. The program is a collaboration of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), state and local governments, and private sector funding resources.
Access free online training from the SBA on topics ranging from strategic marketing to business technology, crime prevention, government contracting, and loan preparation.