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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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