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. FDIC and SBA invite 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. A list of Money Smart Alliance members may be helpful to find available training near you, although the list does not include all organizations actively using Money Smart Products.
MSSB is designed to be delivered to new or operating small business owners by financial institutions, small business development centers (SBDCs), women's business centers (WBCs), 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.
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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.
Organizations can also use the “MSSB Train-the-Trainer curriculum” which consists of a fully scripted instructor guide, participant workbook and PowerPoint Slides to train MSSB instructors -- NEW!
All MSSB resources are downloadable free of copyrights and can be edited to meet the needs of any audience.
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 types of organizations that can join the Money Smart Alliance.)
Money Smart Alliance
The Money Smart Alliance includes a group of members that promote and teach MSSB. FDIC facilitates collaboration between the Alliance members who use MSSB through a quarterly online town hall to discuss experiences using the curriculum. Joining the Money Smart Alliance is highly encouraged but not a requirement to download the MSSB curriculum. The MSSB curriculum can be downloaded by anyone.
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.
Reference to any specific organization does not constitute an endorsement, a recommendation, or a favoring by the FDIC or the United States government.
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. If you would like to join, please complete the FDIC Money Smart Alliance form.Starting in 2016, the presentations from MSSB Town Hall Meetings are available as a reference. You can view prior presentations and register for upcoming events.
Small Business Hotline
The FDIC encourages bank lending to creditworthy small businesses. The FDIC also encourages small businesses that may have an inquiry or concern about the availability of credit to contact the FDIC Small Business Hotline: 1-855-FDIC-BIZ (1-855-334-2249)
Other FDIC Small Business Lending Resources
The FDIC Small Business Lending web page provides additional information that may be of interest to organizations and financial institutions working with small businesses, for example research on small business lending.