In the Small Business Act of July 30, 1953, Congress created the Small Business Administration, whose function was to "aid, counsel, assist and protect, insofar as is possible, the interests of small business concerns." The charter also stipulated that SBA would ensure small businesses a "fair proportion" of government contracts and sales of surplus property.
Today, the SBA provides an array of programs tailored to assist small business growth. SBA's programs include financial and federal contract procurement assistance, management assistance, and specialized outreach to women, minorities and armed forces veterans. SBA also provides loans to victims of natural disasters and specialized advice and assistance in international trade.
Find a SBA office in your region: http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-list/3
To find a local office: http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-list/2
Starting and Managing a Business http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/starting-managing-business
Loans & Grants: http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/loans-grants
•SBA Answer Desk: 800-827-5722 (TTY: 704-344-6640)
•Disaster Loans: 800-659-2955