Summer  2007      Vol. 16, No. 3  REAP HOME PAGE  A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs    
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SBA Launches Online Course & Assessment
Called “Small Business Primer Strategies for Success,” the new training resource is free

The U.S. Small Business Administration has a new online training resource. The Small Business Primer Strategies for Success online training is a free course designed to assist individuals who are thinking about starting a small business or who are in the early stages of running a business.

The Small Business Primer is a self-paced assessment tool that focuses on three key areas to help small business owners (1) determine their business readiness, (2) provide an overview of basic small business principles, and (3) introduce them to key SBA resources for small business counseling and training.

The Small Business Primer is available through the SBA’s Small Business Training Network, a virtual campus of business courses, trainings, education resources, learning tools, and information assistance at . It features an interactive assessment tool to help evaluate readiness for starting a business and walks participants through the key steps of business start-up.

The business topics reviewed include business planning, legal aspects, financing, and marketing. In addition, the course provides links to more than 40 targeted resources and small business tools, such as a business plan template and an automated balance sheet guide. The course also offers direct access to online counseling through SCORE, as well as to other SBA resources partners.

Contact: Monica Braun, 402.643.2673 or for more information.
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