Smart phone users interested in starting or growing a small business can tap a variety of resources offered through a new mobile application from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
“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 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, 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. Future versions will work with other smart phones.
“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, chief executive officer 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 and personalized small business assistance. The user-friendly format of the app will help answer such questions as: How do I start a business? Where can I go in my area to get free help with writing a business plan? Where can I find 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 and Women’s Business Centers.
Users also will 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 YouTube channel and Twitter feeds.
The free mobile app can be downloaded from the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov/content/sba-mobile-app.