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New SBA App Fast-Tracks Programs to Road Warriors

If a great idea for starting or growing a small business strikes you while you're on the road, there's a new mobile app for your smartphone that can help you access Small Business Administration's resources and programs.

The mobile app, developed and donated as a gift by Palo Alto Software, will help users connect with SBA district office staff and SBA-affiliated counselors and mentors who can provide free, personalized small business assistance.

The free app also has a built-in startup cost calculator plus an SBA partner locator to help users find SBA offices, Small Business Development Centers, Women's Business Centers and SCORE.

“Increasingly, smartphones are the vehicle through which Americans access information," Karen G. Mills, the SBA administrator, said in a statement. "This is certainly true of many entrepreneurs and small business owners and this new application ensures they will have access to SBA’s resources and programs — literally at their fingertips. Greater mobility fits with the new user-focused SBA.gov launched recently, and is another example of the steps we are taking to do a better job of connecting entrepreneurs and small business owners with the tools to help them start or grow their businesses and create jobs.”

The app will first be available for the Apple iPhone, with future versions for other smartphone platforms.

"We’ve developed this mobile application for the SBA because we understand the importance of having the right tools and resources when starting or growing a business,” said Sabrina Parsons, CEO of Palo Alto Software. “Ideas can strike entrepreneurs at any moment, and having useful resources available through mobile devices could be the impetus that begins the next big company.”

Users will also have mobile access to SBA video content and social media alerts to provide them with tips on the go. This will include live updates from the SBA’s YouTube channel and from SBA’s Twitter feeds. The free mobile app can be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/content/sba-mobile-app.