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Small Business 

When it comes to launching or boosting your small business, it can be a climb. NSBA has compiled below a collection of resources to connect you with the help you need. While our forte is federal policy—we were the first small-business advocacy shop in D.C.—we know you may need different resources at different times.

Small Business Tools


Assistance with Regulatory, Tax and Other Concerns

Energy Star Small Business Program

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Small Business Administration and Federal Resources

SBA Disaster Recovery

SBA Office of Advocacy

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA Compliance Assistance

OSHA Small Business


Export-Import Bank of the U.S.

Ex-Im Bank is the official export credit agency of the United States and assists in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets. Ex-Im Bank does not compete with private sector lenders but provides export financing products that fill gaps in trade financing. Ex-Im Bank helps to level the playing field for U.S. exporters by matching the financing that other governments provide to their exporters. Ex-Im Bank provides working capital guarantees (pre-export financing); export credit insurance; and loan guarantees and direct loans (buyer financing). 


Working Capital Loan Guarantee Program 

Provides 90 percent guarantees on working capital loans made by commercial lenders that will help businesses to grow international sales and compete more effectively in the international marketplace.


Supply Chain Finance Guarantee

Offered to lenders, benefits U.S. exporters and their suppliers through accounts receivable financing. The program is designed to inject liquidity in the marketplace and provide suppliers, particularly small businesses, with access to capital faster and at a lower cost than through conventional lenders.

Loan Guarantee Program 

Medium and Long-Term options provide guaranteed term loan financing to creditworthy international buyers for purchases of U.S. goods and services.

Direct Loan Program 

Provides fixed rate loans to creditworthy international buyers for purchases of U.S. goods and services.

Finance Lease Guarantee Program 

Provides guaranteed lease financing of U.S. goods and services to creditworthy international lessees when financing is not otherwise available or applicable interest rates are not economically viable.

Export Credit Insurance

Allows small businesses to increase export sales by limiting international risk, offering credit to international buyers, and enabling greater access to access working capital funds.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)


FEMA and the Small Business Administration (SBA)

Strategic Sourcing

DHS - Acquisition Planning and Forecast System (APFS)

Federal Business Opportunities

Unison Marketplace

Department of Homeland Security Vendor Outreach Sessions

The Department of Labor (DOL) and Small Business

DOL Compliance Assistance for Small Business

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