United States Small Business Administration
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. We recognize that small business
is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future,
and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. Although
SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom
line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.
Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private
organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States,
Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.