Starting a New Business? The SBA has an App for that
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
phone users interested in starting or growing a small business can now find
helpful resources at their fingertips via a new SBA mobile application from the
U.S. Small Business Administration.
"Increasingly, smart phones are the vehicle through which Americans access
information. This is certainly true of many entrepreneurs and small
business owners and this new application ensures they will have access to SBA’s
resources and programs – literally at their fingertips,” said SBA Administrator
Karen G. Mills. "Greater mobility fits with the new user-focused SBA.gov
launched recently, and is another example of the steps we are taking to do a
better job of connecting entrepreneurs and small business owners with the tools
to help them start or grow their businesses and create jobs.”
Developed and donated as a gift by Palo Alto Software, Inc., the SBA mobile app
will make the search for extensive resources more efficient, whether users are
starting a new business or taking an existing business to a new level.
The app will first be available for the Apple iPhone®, with future
versions for other smart phone platforms.
"Palo Alto Software’s mission is to help small businesses succeed. We’ve
developed this mobile application for the SBA because we understand the
importance of having the right tools and resources when starting or growing a
business,” said Sabrina Parsons, CEO of Palo Alto Software. "Ideas can
strike entrepreneurs at any moment, and having useful resources available
through mobile devices could be the impetus that begins the next big company.”
The mobile app will help users connect with SBA district office staff and
SBA-affiliated counselors and mentors who can provide free, personalized small
business assistance. The user-friendly format of the app will help answer
questions such as: How do I start a business? Where can I go in my area to get
free help with writing a business plan? And where do I begin finding funding
for my business?
The SBA mobile app also features a built-in startup cost calculator to help
estimate the costs associated with getting a business off the ground, plus an
SBA partner locator to help users find SBA offices, Small Business Development
Centers, Women’s Business Centers and SCORE.
Users will also have mobile access to SBA video content and social media alerts
to provide them with tips on the go. This will include live updates from
the SBA’s YouTube channel and from SBA’s Twitter feeds. The free mobile
app can be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/content/sba-mobile-app.