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The Small Business Administration Web site contains a wealth of useful information for small-business leaders. [Hed]: Online Treasures [Dek]: The Small Business Administration Web site contains a wealth of useful information for small business leaders.

Last Monday we focused on getting inexpensive, expert advice for your small business by tapping organizations such as the Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE). This non-profit group provides new entrepreneurs and existing business leaders with no-cost feedback on a variety of topics.

But what if you’re not quite ready to seek outside expertise–you need more information first? Never fear–there’s plenty of small-business-related data right at your fingertips. Surf on over to the Small Business Administration (SBA) Web site.

The site contains a plethora of information for anyone who is starting a small business or for those who have specific questions or are looking for educational materials. There are three portions of the SBA site that I find most useful.

The first is the SBA classroom. The SBA classroom offers online courses on a variety of topics, including how to leverage the Web to market your business. There is also a section devoted to e-commerce and materials on procurement and business development.

Next, check out SBA’s online library. Here you’ll find forms, publications, and small-business-related shareware that you can download. If you’re just starting a business, you might also want to examine this section of the online library at. Here you’ll find information and software that can help you with things such as basic accounting practices.

And, finally, if you haven’t found what you’re looking for, the SBA offers a list of links to more than 3,700 other Web sites. The list is arranged topically, and it’s a good starting point if you have a specific subject in mind.

What other small-business-related Web sites do you find useful? Write to me.

Contributing Editor Maggie Biggs has more than 15 years of business and IT experience in the financial sector.

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