Small Business Management and Technical Assistance Training Programs [March 24, 2014] [open pdf - 492KB]
"The Small Business Administration (SBA) has provided technical and managerial assistance 'to small-business concerns, by advising and counseling on matters in connection with government procurement and on policies, principles and practices of good management' since it began operations in 1953. Initially, the SBA provided its own small business management and technical assistance training programs. Over time, the SBA has relied increasingly on third parties to provide that training. […] This report examines the historical development of federal small business management and technical assistance training programs; describes their current structures, operations, and budgets; and assesses their administration and oversight and the measures used to determine their effectiveness. It also discusses several bills introduced during the 111th and 112th Congresses that would have authorized changes to the SBA's management and technical assistance training programs in an effort to improve their performance and oversight. These include S. 3442, the SUCCESS Act of 2012, and S. 3572, the Restoring Tax and Regulatory Certainty to Small Businesses Act of 2012. In addition, during the 113th Congress, S. 415, the Small Business Disaster Reform Act of 2013, and its companion bill in the House, H.R. 1974, would authorize SBDCs [small business development centers] to provide assistance to small businesses outside of the state in which they are located, without regard to geographic proximity, if the small business is located in a presidentially declared major disaster area."
CRS Report for Congress, R41352