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As America's small business partner the Small Business Investor Alliance and its membership support the growth and prosperity of small businesses and have compiled a list of helpful resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Find an SBIC– offers a list, indexed by state, of Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs), which are private equity investors licensed through the Small Business Administration's SBIC program to provide patient capital to American small businesses.

Small Business Administration (SBA)– the SBA offers a variety of tools and resources for small business owners and investors, including:
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Information and Guidelines for Federal Contracting
        »  Small Business Counseling and Training
        »  Small Business Loans and Grants
        »  Starting and Managing a Business

Small Business Resource Directory– this directory is provided by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and lists information and programs on financial services for small businesses.

Small Business Toolkit– a free toolkit provided by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and IBM. The toolkit provides financial tools, contracting forms, business calculators, and online collaboration tools for small businesses.

State Resources for Small Businesses- a listing by state of programs, tools, partnerships, and funds that can assist small businesses.

Tax Assistance for Small Businesses and the Self Employed– the Internal Revenues Service (IRS) offers a comprehensive guide to help educate small businesses navigate a wide range of issues and tax guidelines to enable compliance.

Tax Information for the Partnerships– this IRS webpage supplies information and forms to assist partnerships.

U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)– an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, the EDA partners with distressed communities throughout the U.S. to foster job creation, collaboration and innovation and its website offers information on grants, research reports and tools.

Other Resources:

Export.gov– the International Trade Administration's comprehensive website which brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies to succeed in today's global marketplace.

Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)- this program, offered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, helps small companies with issues related to: technology acceleration, supplier development, sustainability, workforce and continuous improvement.

Industry Data/Analysis- the Manufacturing and Services (MAS) unit of the International Trade Administration (ITA) is provides information and analysis on all industry sectors for U.S. companies seeking to expand market access and increase exports.

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