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SBA programs include • 8(a)-Minority Enterprise Development Program: a business development program for small businesses at least 51 percent owned, managed, and controlled by individual(s) who are socially and economically disadvantaged citizen of the United States. The firm must also meet SBA’s size standards and must have been established for two years before applying. • Small Disadvantaged Business Certification (SDB) Program: to qualify as an SDB, a firm must be owned and controlled by one or more individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged. Under the new rule, before a small business concern can become eligible to receive benefit as an SDB, it must be certified as a SDB through a self-certification process that can be accessed online at: www.sba.gov and click the “Contracting” tab. Entrepreneurial Development Through its resource partners, the SBA offers free, one-on-one counseling, and no/low cost training, conferences, and seminars. Major resource partners in Michigan include the following: • Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), established to help foster small business concerns by providing “one-stop” guidance, assistance, and counseling to small business owners. There are 11 regional centers and many satellite and affiliate centers in Michigan. To find the location closest to you, please call 616.331.7480 or toll free 877.873.4567 or refer to Appendix C. • SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Businesses: This non-profit organization is comprised of working and retired business executives and business owners who share their management and technical expertise with small business owners. To locate the SCORE office closest to you, please visit their website at: www.score.org. • U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs): A cooperative effort between the SBA, U.S. Department of Commerce and Export-Import Bank to provide free trade counseling and advise on all facets of the export process. There are four USEACs in Michigan: Detroit 313.872.6794, Pontiac 248.975.9600, Grand Rapids 616.458.3564, and Ypsilanti 734.487.0259. Website: www.sba.gov/content/us-exports-assistance- centers • Women’s Business Centers (WBCs): SBA funded microenterprise organizations created to help women become self-sufficient through self-employment. Each center provides a wide range of services customized for female entrepreneurs starting or growing a business. While assistance may vary between WBCs, typically each provides basic programs such as economic literacy training and business planning, to more specialized topics such as government contracting and certification. SBA also maintains an On-Line Women’s Business Center full of information compiled from WBCs across the country on topics such as financing and accounting, marketing, management, technology and procurement. For a list of Women’s Business Centers by state, visit: www.sba.gov/tools/local- assistance/wbc • Central Contractor Registration (CCR): CCR is an electronic gateway of procurement information for and about small businesses. It is a search engine for contracting offers, a marketing tool for small firms and a “link” to procurement opportunities and important information. Visit www.sba.gov and click on the Contracting tab. For more information and assistance related to government contracting, contact your nearest PTAC as shown on page 50. Online Classroom SBA’s Small Business Learning Center - www.sba.gov/services/training/index.html provides a series of online courses available 24/7 that provide everything you need to know to succeed in the new internet economy. You’ll learn how to market effectively on the Web, implement e-commerce and how to participate in the internet economy! 83