The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering start-up advice for budding entrepreneurs in a series of interactive web chats designed to provide a forum where small business owners, or those planning to start a small business, can discuss relevant issues with industry leaders and other experts.

February’s chat, “New Year, New Business: How to Start it Right” will be hosted by Janice Washington, a successful business consultant and former business owner. Ms. Washington is currently the state director of the Arizona Small Business Development Center Network.

The chat is scheduled for February 16, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. (EST). Participants can join in the web chat by posting questions online in advance or during the discussion. Registration isn’t necessary. Some topic highlights will be: finding a mentor, finding training to help boost ideas, and methods for improving business skills. To sign up, visit and click the web chat event in the “What’s New” sidebar.

SBA small business chats are conducted on a monthly schedule. Transcripts from past chats are available at: SBA’s Monthly Web Chat and include: Tax Essentials for Small Business Owners, Small Business Opportunities for Native Americans, and Growing a Home-Based Business: What You Need to Know.


SBA. “Monthly Web Chat.” (2/8/12) 

SBA News and Press Releases. “Advice and Tips on Starting a Business Offered in SBA’s February Web Chat.” 2/6/12. (2/7/12)

SBA. “Online Business Chat.” (2/8/12)

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