Small Business


  The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering free online training courses and other resources to assist small businesses in more effectively managing their firms in the current slow economy.

Courses are available at www.sba.gov/services/training/onlinecourses. The courses cover issues such as revising business plans to reposition with current conditions, winning customers in a slowing economy, restructuring existing debt, and diversifying a customer base with federal contracts. The most recently added course, “Downshifting in a Slowing Economy: A Business Planning Guide,” is designed to help business owners reorganize and streamline their business strategies.

The SBA also has free economic recovery resources available at www.sba.gov/helpingmainstreet. The Economic Recovery page includes resources on training, loan programs and mentoring.

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