Money Smart - A Financial Education Program
Money Smart for Small Business
Money Smart for Small Business (MSSB) provides a practical introduction to topics related to starting and managing a business. Developed jointly by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), this instructor-led curriculum consists of 13 modules (download the MSSB Flyer). FDIC and SBA invites eligible organizations to begin teaching this free curriculum right away!
MSSB Trainings for aspiring and existing entrepreneurs are conducted by the members of the Money Smart Training Alliance. MSSB Alliance members can be contacted to find available training near you (List of MSSB Alliance Members (Excel 25KB) (Microsoft Excel Help)
MSSB is designed to be delivered to new or operating small business owners - persons without formal business training - by financial institutions, small business development centers (SBDCs), city/county economic development offices, faith-based organizations and others. The curriculum is a tool for bank-community partnerships. For example, bank staff could deliver the curriculum in collaboration with small business resource providers.
The Training Modules
The topics for the training modules provide a practical introduction to aspects of starting and managing a business that can be taught in any order or independently in 60 to 90 minutes. Each module includes a fully scripted instructor guide, participant workbook, and PowerPoint slides. In addition to grounding participants in the basics, the curriculum serves as a foundation for more advanced training and technical assistance.
No certifications are required to use the curriculum.; however, it is ideal that MSSB instructors have experience in the delivery of training, technical assistance or coaching to small businesses. See List of types of organizations that can join the Money Smart Alliance
Money Smart for Small Business Alliance
The MSSB Alliance is a group of Money Smart Alliance Members that promote and teach MSSB. FDIC facilitates collaboration between the MSSB Alliance partners through a quarterly online town hall to discuss experiences with the training and share best practices for improving effectiveness.
Interested in joining the Money Smart Alliance? Want to know your next steps?
Check here for more information on next steps for organizations interested in becoming members of the Money Smart Alliance and delivering Money Smart for Small Business in their communities.
MSSB Town Hall Meetings
These quarterly virtual online meetings, are a space to share best practices, ask questions and seek guidance about establishing and running an MSSB program. Town Hall Meetings are intended for MSSB Alliance Members. In order to be a member, an organization has to complete a short online form.Starting in 2016, the presentations from MSSB Town Hall Meetings are available as a reference. Click here to learn more.