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Overhauled SBA website to go live in the fall
by Tribune Staff
Aug 05, 2010 | 662 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print


WASHINGTON, D.C. ­— The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced that a complete redesign of its website, SBA.gov, will launch this fall.

The new SBA.gov will make it easier for small businesses, lending institutions, small-business counselors and other members of the small-business community to find more quickly the information they need through a simplified navigation structure.  In addition, new features will allow users to tailor their experience to provide information that is specific to their needs and location. 

The new website also will offer a dedicated lender area that helps banks and other financial institutions that partner with the SBA.

The website redesign is part of the SBA's goal to create a dynamic online presence that delivers information to customers wherever they are online. To achieve this goal, the agency recently began using social media to reach constituents through a variety of online channels such as Facebook and Twitter.  The agency also recently launched an improved search function on the current SBA.gov website that vastly improves the speed at which users can find the information they are looking for in advance of the launch of the new site this fall. 

The website redesign also is the flagship initiative of the SBA’s open government plan and addresses all three of the agency’s open government goals — transparency, participation and collaboration — by providing direct access to agency programs and operations, allowing users to customize their online experience, and, beginning next year, incorporating community features such as discussion forums and public feedback tools.

For more information on the SBA’s online expansion, visit www.sba.gov/next.
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