Budding entrepreneurs looking for resources on the go can now turn to the U.S. Small Business Administration for a free mobile application.
Developed and donated as a gift by Palo Alto Software Inc., the SBA mobile app will make the search for extensive resources more efficient, whether users are starting a new business or taking an existing business to a new level, the agency said.
The app will first be available for the Apple iPhone with future versions for other smart phone platforms.
Users can connect with SBA district office staff, agency-affiliated counselors and mentors who can provide free, personalized small business assistance. Other features include a built-in startup cost calculator to help estimate the costs associated with getting a business off the ground and an SBA partner locator to help users find offices, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers and the Service Corp of Retired Executives.
Users will also have mobile access to SBA video content and social media alerts to provide them with tips on the go including live updates from the agency’s YouTube channel and Twitter feeds.