Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Small Business 101

Over ten million people each year consider starting a business. As a result, more than three million new small businesses are started annually. A number of free online courses are offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help prospective and existing entrepreneurs better understand the basics about starting and running a successful small business.

Topics covered include:
  • Starting a Business
  • Business Planning
  • Business Management
  • Financing & Accounting
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Government Contracting
  • Small Business Retirement
  • E-Commerce
  • International Trade
  • Federal Tax Training
In general, the courses are all self-paced and should take about 30 minutes to complete. Most of the courses require a brief online registration. Many of the SBA courses are in Spanish.

The library also has a number of items in the collection to assist you with business planning and management. Check out the 650s in the nonfiction section of your local library.

Want to be computer-savvy as well as business-savvy? See my earlier post on free and easy computer tutorials.