Small Business Administration (SBA): A Whole Lot More Than Loans!
Explore the countless SBA programs and tools that both educators and entrepreneurs need to know about to help build great programs and successful businesses. You will also learn about some of the SBA partners that can add value to your program and tips for building great working relationships.
The session will provide an overview of some of the programs and tools offered through the Small Business Administration (SBA). There will be three learning objectives. The first will be an overview of SBA tools and training programs that an educator can use to supplement the entrepreneurship curriculum. The second objective is to provide an overview of some of the most successful programs offered by the SBA and how these can help entrepreneurs build their businesses. The third objective is to provide a glimpse into the different SBA community partners (SCORE, SBDC, Women’s Business Center, SBA staff in the field) and how they can help a Community College strengthen their entrepreneurial program and increase community involvement. The session will also provide tips on how to work with the SBA partners and provide some examples of collaborative programs that work. The session will include a very brief Power Point presentation, a reference sheet for SBA contacts and programs, and a live tour of some SBA and SBA partner websites highlighting the most useful tools and programs. Attendees will leave with the knowledge that the SBA is a whole lot more than loans and will have the basics to begin their own exploration of the SBA once back at their college and community.
Susan Kifer, Director, Small Business Development Center, Pima Community College, AZ