US Small Business Administration Launches Government-sponsored Online Community
The US Small Business Administration (SBA), based in Washington, announced, in an effort to create a more transparent business environment it is launching a new online community aimed specifically at small businesses. The new arm of the Business.gov Web site will feature online forums on various topics and small-business resources aimed at helping business owners fulfill legal requirements and find support to grow their business.
In addition, business owners and prospective business owners can also find quick links on starting a business, registering a new business, information on finance and taxes, and staying compliant with laws.
From the SBA:
WASHINGTON–SBA’s Business Gateway Program announced today the launch of a new Web initiative– http://Community.Business.gov –the first government-sponsored online community built specifically for small businesses.
The objective of the Business.gov Community supports the White House’s mission to create a transparent and connected democracy, and aims to provide small-business owners, bloggers and the government with a place to discuss and share information about starting and running a successful business.
An extension of Business.gov, the Business.gov Community combines discussion forums, blogs, an idea exchange and more, and offers advanced tools for navigating the labyrinth of government resources, policies, laws, and opportunities that impact the small business owner.
In addition to providing a “home” where users can share expertise and unique experiences, the site also provides a pioneering opportunity for small businesses to provide direct input into Business.gov and voice the ways government and the online community can better serve them.
“Over the past year, we have significantly expanded our efforts to engage with small business owners by giving them easy access to the information they need to run their business,” said Nancy Sternberg, program manager of Business Gateway. “The launch of the Business.gov Community represents a new milestone. Through the application of Web 2.0 technologies, we hope to unite small-business owners, industry experts and government, and take the program to a new level of collaborative knowledge-sharing and insight.”