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SBA’s New Partnership Brings Small Businesses Access To Free Digital Resources


February 23, 2022

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) partners with Business Forward, Inc. to bring small business owners across the country access to a suite of resources that will help improve their business outcomes, broaden their networks, and drive economic development.

The Small Business Digital Alliance (SBDA) is a new public-private co-sponsorship between the SBA and Business Forward, Inc. Business Forward is a non-profit organization working with small business leaders to support policies promoting America’s economic competitiveness, focused on connecting entrepreneurs with essential digital tools and resources—free of charge!

“Through the Small Business Digital Alliance, we’re partnering with our nation’s technology leaders to connect America’s 32.5 million small businesses and innovative startups with free trainings, tools, and increased access to digital networks to ensure they can reach new markets, implement new strategies and fully harness the power of technology to grow and be resilient,” states SBA Administrator Isabella Guzman.

See the full NEWS RELEASE 22-11: Small Business Digital Alliance Announces National Members and First Slate of Events (sba.gov)

To learn more about the SBDA, visit www.smallbusinessdigitalalliance.com.

The Small Business Digital Alliance (SBDA) national members are some of the country’s most well-respected companies that represent a wide range of specialized industries, from technology and e-commerce, and telecom to financial services and benefits. Members of the SBDA include:

  • Amazon
  • Square (Block, Inc.)
  • Comcast
  • Google
  • Meta
  • PayPal
  • Principal Financial Group
  • TriNet
  • Venmo
  • Verizon
  • Visa
  • ZenBusiness

In addition to providing access to free digital resources, the SBDA’s national members have also committed to supporting our nation’s growing small business sector. They will do this by collaborating with small business advocates, diversity chambers, and local partners to provide entrepreneurs with access to a series of free briefings, panels, and trainings to assist them in accessing and utilizing these digital tools to reach new markets, find diverse talent, improve operations, and raise capital. Additional companies that plan to join the SBDA will also be announced at a later date.

Upcoming Small Business Digital Alliance Events

A list of free virtual and in-person events hosted by the SBDA can be found below. These events will feature discussions on small business trends and showcase the free digital tools small businesses can take advantage of through the SBDA. More events will be announced in the coming weeks, and the schedule is subject to changes. We encourage any and all interested community members to sign up to participate via the links provided.

  • Thursday, March 31st, Time TBA: Virtual Webinar | Accelerate Your Digital Transformation: https://bit.ly/3LuWB8i
  • Week of April 4th: Panel/Roundtable and Training in Ohio
  • Week of April 26th: Panel/Roundtable and Training in Arlington, Virginia
  • Week of May 2nd, Time TBA: Virtual Webinar | Digital Benefits: Hire, Train, and Retain: https://bit.ly/3LyrcSu

Co-sponsorship Authorization No: 22-5-C: The SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products, or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

This website (www.smallbusinessdigitalalliance.com) is provided as a public service under co-sponsorship Authorization # 22-5-C. It is not an official U.S. government website, and it may contain links to non-U.S. government information. The inclusion of such links does not constitute or imply an endorsement by the SBA. The SBA is not responsible for the content, accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of linked information.

About SBDA

The Small Business Digital Alliance (SBDA) is a joint co-sponsorship agreement between the SBA and Business Forward that brings together major players, influencers, and companies in the tech, e-commerce, benefits, and other industries to help small businesses connect with digital tools and reach new customers through expanded opportunities through trainings, tools, and expansion of their digital networks – free of charge. To learn more, visit www.smallbusinessdigitalalliance.com.

About Business Forward

Business Forward is a non-profit organization working with 250,000 local business leaders from across America who support innovative and market-based solutions to our country’s biggest challenges. With the help of Business Forward, business leaders have briefed more than 650 mayors, governors, members of Congress, and senior Administration officials on how to create jobs and accelerate our economy. Learn more at www.businessforward.org.

About SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow, expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

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