Business Center Online Offers Extensive Resources
Business women will find loads of information on
business principles and practices, management
techniques, networking, industry news, market research,
and technology training, as well as many Small Business
Administration services and resources available to them
at the SBA Online Women’s Business Center.
Special site features include interactive mentoring and
individual counseling, topic forums, newsgroups,
information in Spanish, and a data resource guide with a
state-by-state list of professional services women need
to start and expand their businesses.
The SBA Online Women’s Business Center is the perfect
complement to SBA’s Women’s Business Centers. Their
www.onlinewbc.gov, can help women using the business
training expertise and best practices of the Women’s
While technology cannot replace the one-on-one
interaction between a counselor and client, this site is
a tool to help women with their business.
Identification Number Application
Small businesses could save close to $200 million
dollars by using a new Internet-based system that will
allow them to register their business at the state level
and apply for and receive their Federal Employer
Identification Number at the same time. The new
application can be found at
http://businesslaw.gov/template.cfm?catid=10044 , by
clicking on Integrated State Register & Federal EIN
The new service was developed by the Small Business
Administration (SBA) in partnership with the IRS through
a contract with EzGov, a major e-government technology
provider. The SBA online application streamlines the
state and federal application processes by automating
the exchange of applicant data between states and the
This integration, coupled with the interview-style form,
will prompt users to input the necessary information for
both state and federal applications without completing
separate forms. The states of Georgia and Illinois are
the first to participate with the SBA on this system.
Additional states are expected to join soon.