The Obama administration has launched a new online platform, BusinessUSA
, to provide small businesses and exporters with a single source of pertitent information about federal programs available to them.
Karen Mills, head of the Small Business Administration, said the Website is currently in “beta” testing and houses information and services from 10 federal agencies. She also said these agencies' resources were being combined through a single 1-800 phone number.
For the logistics questions, businesses can find tools and information covering export financing, counseling, and training to help them sell goods and services overseas, as well as various federal loan offerings.
Mills said the Website was developed incorporating feedback from U.S. businesses and existing online services. She called it a “No Wrong Door” approach, meaning it serves as a common, single-window platform to show companies all federal services available to them.
“The BusinessUSA initiative will modernize the federal government’s customer service channels and help streamline the process for today’s innovators and entrepreneurs to get their hands on information to help make better decisions,” Mills said.