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Small Business Topics

Last Updated: June 10, 2022

Small Business

Small business ownership can help individuals and families nationwide achieve financial stability and build long-term wealth. Access to credit and participation in the banking system among existing or aspiring small businesses is vital to the success of communities and the broader economy. The FDIC offers a wide range of resources and tools to consumers and bankers that help plan, launch, manage and grow small business initiatives in their communities. The FDIC also supports small business lending through technical assistance, education, and access to government guaranteed loan programs.

Federal Government Small Business Programs & Assistance
Includes guarantee, technical assistance, disaster relief programs, and grant assistance programs that can facilitate small business lending by insured depository institutions and other related small business finance products.

State Small Business Resources
State Links provide easy access to specific regulation, resources, contracting and financing opportunities near you.

Small Business Lending Survey
The Small Business Lending Survey (SBLS) is a nationally representative survey that asks banks about their small business lending practices and volumes. The goal of the survey is to better understand, and share with the public, banks' contributions to this vital part of the U.S. economy. The survey is sponsored by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and administered by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Money Smart for Small Business
Money Smart for Small Business (MSSB) is an instructor-led curriculum that introduces topics related to starting and managing a business. MSSB was developed jointly by the FDIC and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Resources & Other Reference Material
Find data, fact sheets, events calendar and other small business lending related items from the FDIC and other federal resources.