New SBA site features startup tools

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The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched a re-designed website.

The site also features SBA Direct, a new web tool with a variety of features that can help small businesses start-up, succeed and grow.

“With the launch of the new SBA.gov, we have reached a significant milestone in how the agency has evolved in using interactive web tools, social media and blogs to engage with, and better meet the needs of small business owners,” said SBA Administrator, Karen Mills. “With the new improved SBA.gov, business owners can access the answers they need, specific to their business profile, in an instant – it truly presents the face of the future of SBA.”

Although the site has numerous enhancements including a new content, improved navigation and a complete re-design, the centerpiece is SBA Direct – a web tool that allows visitors to personalize their browsing experience according to their business type, geography and needs.

SBA Direct then delivers targeted information on all aspects of running a business, including business growth strategies, and how to stay compliant with current laws and regulations.

Other features to the web site include:
• SBA’s small business search that improves the accuracy and relevancy of search results – saving time and frustration.
• Improved navigation that gives users one-click access to the information they need. Combined with the personalization features of SBA Direct, users no longer have to mine through pages of information to find answers.
• Integration of Business.gov content including a variety of guides and tools that collate information from across government agencies to help business owners comply with laws and regulations, and take advantage of government programs.
• Interactive location-based maps that allow users to quickly find small business resources in their area, including local SBA offices, and other sources of training and support.
• User-rated content gives visitors to the site direct control in determining the most useful and relevant information to feature by small business topic.

To view the site, visit SBA.gov.