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Resources for starting a business including business associations, legal support, and government agencies.

Minority-Owned Businesses

SBA’s 8(a) Business Development program can help qualifying minority-owned firms to develop and grow their businesses through one-to-one counseling, training workshops, and management and technical guidance. The program also provides access to government contracting opportunities, allowing these businesses to become solid competitors in the federal marketplace.

https://www.sba.gov/content/minority-owned-businesses

Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB)

The WOSB Federal Contract Program was implemented in February 2011 with the goal of expanding the number of industries where WOSB was able to compete for business with the federal government. This program enables Economically Disadvantaged WOSBs (EDWOSBs) to compete for federal contracts that are set-aside for EDWOSBs in industries where women-owned small businesses are underrepresented. It also allows set-asides for WOSBs in industries where women-owned small businesses are substantially underrepresented. SBA has designated two sets of industries according to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). The link below will take you to the current list of NAICS codes designated for use under this program.

https://www.sba.gov/content/women-owned-small-business-program

Write Your Business Plan

A business plan is an essential roadmap for business success. This living document generally projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to grow revenues.

https://www.sba.gov/writing-business-plan