Business Planning

U.S. Small Business Administration - Office of International Trade

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA’s Office of International Trade’s mission is to support small business international trade development.

Milken Institute New-to-Export 101 (NTE 101)

This is particularly important when manufacturers must engage with multiple export assistance agencies and organizations. NTE 101 services include assessments, counseling, and training to help participants identify target markets, develop export market plans, find overseas buyers and distributors, secure export financing and insurance, comply with regulations, and ultimately deliver their product.

Business Response Unit

BRU helps people needing assistance to become legally compliant or who require City resources to conduct their business. The BRU can coordinate across multiple departments to resolve delays or other difficulties with City permits, licensing, inspections, etc. The BRU can connect you to several loan programs and opportunities to access working capital through its Microloan and Small Business Loan programs. Additionally, the BRU can connect women-owned businesses to City-partnered BusinessSource Centers for workshops and access to equal contracting opportunities.


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