Business Development Assistance to Small Business


To help the prospective, as well as the present small business person improve skills to manage and operate a business.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 02/14/2008 (Duplicated under 59.055)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Advisory Services and Counseling; Dissemination of Technical Information; Training.
Program Accomplishments
In fiscal year 2001, management counseling was given to approximately 175,000 potential and existing small business entrepreneurs. Management training enrollment was 100,000 for the same period.
Small Business Act of 1953, Section 2, as amended, 15 U.S.C. 631, 637(b); Sections 7(i) and 7(j), 15 U.S.C. 636(i) and (j); Section 302(c)(2), Public Law 95-510, 15 U.S.C. 637.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Existing and potential small business persons, and in some cases, members of community groups are eligible. A small business is one independently owned and operated, and not dominant in its field. Generally for manufacturers, average employment not in excess of 500; wholesalers, average employment not in excess of 100; retail and services concerns, revenues not over $5,000,000, and agricultural enterprises, gross annual sales not over $500,000. Veterans are eligible for all programs.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Small business persons, veterans, community groups.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
Personal or written application to SBA field offices.
Award Procedure
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Upon request.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Advises small business persons of all SBA and other government agency assistance services. This assistance includes the following: (1) Workshops for prospective small business owners; (2) management counseling, including assistance from SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), and other volunteer groups; (3) management courses or conferences and seminars; and (4) educational materials to assist in management of small business.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Not applicable.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
As appropriate.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Initial contact should be made with the field offices (see Appendix IV of the Catalog).
Headquarters Office
Associate Administrator for Business Initiatives, Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street, SW., Washington, DC 20416. Telephone: (202) 205-6665. SBA ON-LINE: For information on SBA's publications, programs and services, SBA's electronic bulletin board system, SBA ON-LINE, can be accessed by calling 1-800-697-4636, 1-900-463-4636, or 202-401-9600 or via Internet, on "SBA Online."
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 02 $1,245,000; FY 03 est $1,280,000; and FY 04 est $1,406,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
"The Resource Directory for Small Business Management," from all SBA offices or by calling SBA's answer desk at 1-800-8-ASK-SBA; FAX: (202) 205-7064; TDD: (202) 205- 7333.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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