Small Business Assistance & Training

Several free counseling and training programs are available to help you get started and expand your small business. These services cover all aspects of starting and running a business, from getting a loan to developing business plans and marketing strategies.

Online Tools & Resources

Your first stop to finding help with starting and managing your small business should be the Small Business Community Success Lab. This community brings together entrepreneurs, small business owners, industry and government experts to share and discuss business issues and questions.  

There are numerous online tools and resources to help new and aspiring business owners succeed:

  • Small Business Community Success Lab
    Now you can leverage an entire communities collective experience and knowledge to help start and grow your business! For business owners, by business owners!
  • Start Up Assessment Tool
    This simple assessment tool is designed to help you better understand your readiness for starting a small business. Takes less than 5 minutes to complete.
  • Free Online Training 
    Free at-your-own-pace courses on a number of timely business topics, including starting a business, writing a business plan, and more.
  • Delivering Success Videos 
    Successful entrepreneurs share the lessons they've learned about starting and managing small businesses.
  • Small Business Podcasts 
    Expert advice on starting, financing and running a successful business.
  • Monthly Web Chats 
    Transcripts of online chats with leading entrepreneurs and business experts.

In-Person Services Near You

The following programs provide local in-person counseling and training services for small business owners. Services cover all aspects of starting and running a business, from getting loans and financing to start or expand to developing business plans and marketing strategies.

Find State Programs

Choose a state to find specific training and assistance resources available in your area.

State Training and Assistance Resources