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Unformatted text preview: ts your industry or talks about industry economics or trends, jot down basic information on the publication and ask the library for a copy of the publication. Reference Libraries Reference librarians follow reference sources as a profession. They are excellent sources of good advice and tips on reference materials that may help you acquire the information your business plan requires. Small Business Administration In the United States, the SBA is best known for its small business loans. However, it also provides business training, business information, and business services, including workshops, counseling, publications, and videotapes. It has program offices in every state, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. It has business development spets stationed in more than 100 field offices nationwide. We noted its website, www.sba.gov, with an illustration, a few sections back. The SBA publishes many business booklets and information products. These products are free, many as electronic files, but the SBA suggests a small donation (under $3.00 for most of them) for hard copy. They answer many frequently-asked questions and provide important information for business owners and would-be business owners. If you don’t have Internet access, you can find out about SBA business development programs and services by calling the SBA Small Business Answer Desk at 1-800-UASKSBA (1-800-827-5722). The answer desk “hotline” provides an information and referral service staffed by the organization’s office of business initiatives, education, and training. It operates during normal office hours five days a week. SCORE Association The SCORE Association,“Counselors to America’s Small Business” is a resource partner with the SBA. This Service Corps of Retired Executives includes more than 10,000 volunteers who provide training and one-on-one counseling at no charge, in 389 offices all over the country. You can find out about SCORE at www.score.org. HURDLE: THE BOOK 9.10 ON BUSINESS PLANNING Small Business Development Centers SBDCs are funded in part by the S...
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