New online education by the SBA Featured

9:59am EDT July 22, 2002

The U.S. Small Business Administration has added yet another program to its growing list of business-education resources: an online classroom.

Now, business owners can walk through half-hour classes on a wide range of business growth topics, such as how to raise capital or create a business plan, as well as information on Y2K compliance and a number of financial and marketing courses at the SBA’s Web site,

Each session, the SBA says, provides self-paced learning modules formatted into easy-to-follow learning templates. Content is enhanced with graphics, audio and numerous electronic links to other business resources. Certain courses are offered in both English and Spanish.

You also can tap into online counseling with SCORE volunteers, a library and a course evaluation and comments forum.

Says Aida Alvarez, the president’s SBA administrator, in a prepared statement: “Our new Small Business Classroom is designed to meet the business education and information needs of the 21st century aspiring entrepreneur. This bold and innovative tool can be used to empower men and women to thrive in an ever-changing economic landscape by opening the doors of economic independence through business ownership.”