America’s Small Business Development Center Network is the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories. The mission of the network is to help new entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership, and assist existing businesses to remain competitive in the complex marketplace of an ever-changing global economy.
Hosted by leading universities, colleges and state economic development agencies, and funded in part through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, approximately 1,000 service centers are available to provide no-cost business consulting and low-cost training.
The mission of America's SBDC is to represent the collective interest of our members by promoting, informing, supporting and continuously improving the SBDC network. America's SBDC network delivers nationwide educational assistance to strengthen small/medium business management, thereby contributing to the growth of local, state and national economies.
Small business is the engine of economic growth. There are more than 22 million small businesses in America. Small business accounts for 99% of all U.S. businesses. Small businesses employ 53% of the private sector workforce and contribute over half of the nation's private gross domestic product.
The America's SBDC association is a partnership program uniting private enterprise, government, higher education and local nonprofit economic development organizations. We are dedicated to the sound development of small business throughout America. Founded in 1979, America's SBDC provides a vehicle for continuous improvement of the Small Business Development Center program, exchange of information among members regarding objectives, methods and results in business management and technical assistance, and advocacy of America's small business community.
More than one million businesses are assisted by America's SBDC member programs each year. A sizeable number of them are in the dynamic start-up mode, while a majority are existing businesses searching for stability or planning for growth.
Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs can go to their local SBDCs for free, face-to-face business consulting and at-cost training on writing business plans, accessing capital, marketing, regulatory compliance, international trade and more. America’s SBDC network is a cost-effective way to create jobs, grow the economy, enhance American competitiveness and fulfill the American dream. To learn about the economic impact of the nation's SBDC network, click here.
We invite interested national corporations and government officials to join us as we work to help small business take the lead in the 21st Century.
SBDCNet serves the information needs of SBDCs, the SBA and other related organizations. SBDCNet offers clients information in response to research requests, referral to experts and regional sources of information, training in information access techniques, access to business-related information via the SBDCNET web site and SBA publications.