By Patricia Brown-Dixon, Region 7 Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
Small businesses today can offer customized delivery options for customers and manage employee payrolls with a swipe of a screen or click of a button. Digital tools like these are helping small employers compete with big firms, keeping dollars on Main Street and spurring local economies. Integrating the right technology for your small business in today’s modern economy can be challenging but it is also increasingly essential. The good news is you don’t need to do it alone.
Here at the SBA, we understand the importance of providing streamlined systems and platforms to small businesses to navigate the digital landscape to innovate and propel the economy forward
Recently, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it will make digital tools and resources available to America’s entrepreneurs through a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership with tech giants like Amazon, Box, Facebook, LegalZoom, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Zenefits.
Whether small firms are selling quilts or cloud solutions, businesses need access to digital tools and capabilities to be competitive. Through SBA’s Small Business Tech Coalition, small firms now have access to explore and rethink online commerce and payment platforms, the efficiency of back-office operations, productivity solutions, cybersecurity protection, and improvements in customer service and shopping experiences to startup and scale their business.
This coalition will also cover topics important to entrepreneurs through educational offerings and sharing sessions. These sessions will address timely small business topics like cyber security, social media marketing, brand awareness, mobile content management, productivity solutions, online/ecommerce, mobility and field operations, and payments in a digital and sharing economy.
This is just a small sampling of what’s to come. The bottom line is that America’s small businesses now have a streamlined interface to connect to innovative technology platforms, digital education, and enterprise training. Now it’s easier than ever to join the movement and go digital!
To learn more: visit www.sba.gov/techcoalition.