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What is the Small Business Administration (SBA)?



The Small Business Administration is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government started in 1953 that protects, assists, counsels, and aids small businesses.

If you are already well-versed in what the Small Business Administration is, you can probably skip this section. But if you want to learn or even refresh your memory about the SBA, this section should be your cup of tea. Specifically, this section covers:

  • What are the SBA’s missions and goals?
  • What is the history of the SBA?
  • Who does the SBA help?
  • How does the SBA define small business?
  • What services does the SBA provide?



Fair warning: Some parts may be dry, but have no fear. They’re quick and are provided to ensure everyone is on a level playing field with respect to their understanding of the SBA.