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Great American Small Business Challenge

One of the most unfortunate things about 21st century small business is the fact that Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) fall into the category of “best kept secrets.” SBDCs, staffed by diligent and highly capable counselors, are in hundreds of communities in every state. Nationally, SBDC professionals number more than 5,000. And here’s another too-well-kept secret: Their support for your small business is free of charge. The only exception to this is if you take certain courses that are branded, for which participants pay a nominal fee just to cover direct costs. What a deal!

For over 11 years I’ve been telling the world about SBDCs and their outstanding national organization, the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC). Which is why I’ve very pleased to learn about a new program for 2009, co-created by Mike Kramer and Jean Kulig-Tucker.

It’s called the Great American Small Business Challenge, and I interviewed Mike on my show to find out more about how he is partnering with SBDCs to help small businesses learn something that is sorely needed: how to adopt more effective management and operating best practices.

Take a few minutes to listen to my conversation with Mike Kramer, then check out their website and take the Challenge. It’s also free and might be the smartest thing you’ve done lately. And of course, if you have a comment or your own best practice you’d like to share, please post it here.

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