Small Business Association

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a United States government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses. The mission of the Small Business Administration is “to maintain and strengthen the nation’s economy by enabling the establishment and viability of small businesses and by assisting in the economic recovery of communities after disasters”. The agency’s activities are summarized as the “3 Cs” of capital, contracts and counseling.

SBA loans are made through banks, credit unions and other lenders who partner with the SBA. The SBA provides a government-backed guarantee on part of the loan. Under the Recovery Act and the Small Business Jobs Act, SBA loans were enhanced to provide up to a 90 percent guarantee in order to strengthen access to capital for small businesses after credit froze in 2008. The agency had record lending volumes in late 2010.

SBA helps lead the federal government’s efforts to deliver 23 percent of prime federal contracts to small businesses. Small business contracting programs include efforts to ensure that certain federal contracts reach woman-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses as well as businesses participating in programs such as 8(a) and HUBZone.

Information on applying for SBA loans.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
714-550-7429, ext. 3711


SCORE or the SCORE Association was previously known as the Service Corps of Retired Executives, but is now recognized as SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business.” It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free business mentoring services to entrepreneurs in the United States. The organization also presents business workshops and seminars for a fee. Business mentoring services are provided by both active and retired business executives and entrepreneurs who donate their time and expertise as mentors to assist new and established small businesses. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Additional Resources


Community and Economic Development Department
City of Barstow

Access to one-on-one counseling and seminars to start or expand your business. Assistance in finding, screening, and hiring quality employees.
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency

Information on securing government contracts.
National Contract Management Association

Information on market labor statistics, employment tax and insurance information.
State Employment Development Department (EDD)

Assistance in finding employment, employer incentive programs, employer job postings
San Bernardino County Workforce Development

ServSafe Food Protection Management
Barstow Chamber
(760) 256-8617


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