SBA Resources: Online Discussions and Free Training

January 12th, 2009

SBA Resources: Online Discussions and Free Training

The SBA website, www.sba.gov, contains a wealth of resources intended to assist small business owners. Below is information about the latest SBA online discussion forum to be held this Thursday – “How Small Businesses Can Deal with the Credit Crunch” – in addition to a list of upcoming free online courses in a variety of relevant topics.

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Welcome to SBA’s Small Business VOICE – an online chat discussion forum with the entrepreneur in mind. If you are thinking about starting a business, currently a small business owner or simply want to learn more about the topic of entrepreneurship, then you’ll want to join us each month to hear what the experts have to say within the small business community on a variety of small business topics.

Topic: “How Small Businesses Can Deal With The Credit Crunch”

When: Thursday, January 15th, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Eric Zarnikow, associate administrator for the SBA’s Office of Capital Access, will host the January Web chat on “How Small Businesses can Deal with the Credit Crunch.” Zarnikow will answer questions to help chat participants learn about real-world strategies to employ during economic downturns, and how they can sustain themselves through the credit crunch.

The SBA has included information online on the Economic Recovery to help small businesses facing economic uncertainty — at http://www.sba.gov/helpingmainstreet/index.html.

To Join: Participants can join the live Web chat by going online to www.sba.gov, and clicking “Online Business Chat.” Web chat participants may post questions for Zarnikow before the January 15th chat by visiting http://app1.sba.gov/livemeeting/jan09/index.cfm, and posting their questions online.

Other available resources: Free online training courses are available online at http://www.sba.gov/services/training/onlinecourses/index.html, under the header “Surviving in a Down Economy.”

These Courses include —

  • Strategic Marketing: How to Win Customers in a Slowing Economy
  • Retool & reposition your company – How to Prepare a Business Plan
  • Raise new capital / Refinance existing debt – How to Prepare a Loan Package

Visit www.sba.gov to learn more.