“Increasingly, smartphones are the vehicle through which Americans access information,” SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills said in a press release. “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.”
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 smartphone platforms.
“Palo Alto Software’s mission is to help small businesses succeed,” said Sabrina Parsons, CEO of Palo Alto Software. “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.”
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 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? 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, including 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.