How to Use SBA's Virtual Tools

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How to Use SBA's Virtual Tools


Brandes, Heide, THE JOURNAL RECORD


To help new and established business owners get answers on starting and growing their business, SBA.gov features a number of helpful tools and resources. From starting from scratch to running day-to-day business, laws and regulations can be confusing for even veteran business owners.

Whether formalizing a business structure or applying for licenses, the ever-changing rules and regulations on federal and state levels can be hard to figure out. SBA.gov offers numerous virtual tools to help lessen that confusion.

One of those tools is how to "Comply With Universal Business Laws." Whatever type of business you own, universal laws and regulations will apply. To help navigate the regulations, SBA.gov's Business Law Guide is an overview of business law and regulations that specifically affect small business.

This tool covers intellectual property, workplace health and safety, employment and labor laws, data privacy laws, licenses and permits and more.

SBA also offers step-by-step tools that can help new business owners with compliance.

Small businesses must also comply with specific industry laws. The SBA.gov website includes a large selection of industry guides that provide information and guidance on operating in a highly regulated industry. The Manufacturing Guide, for example, includes financing options, advice and free and low-cost in-person training programs designed to help manufacturers grow. …

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