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SBA Announces 11 New Members of Small Business Tech Coalition

By on August 2, 2016

SAN JUAN – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced Tuesday the addition of 12 new members to its Small Business Technology Coalition (SBTC): Bench, Canvas, Dash Data, Google, Gusto, Intuit, LinkedIn, Paychex,Square, Thumbtack and Yelp.

“With the addition of these partners, SBA’s Small Business Technology Coalition continues to grow its unprecedented collection of educational and training resources from the world’s most iconic technology companies. These partners play a vital role as we work to educate entrepreneurs on the range of resources and technology available to help them connect to customers, scale, and conduct business safely anywhere in the world,” SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet said in the news release.

Yvette Collazo, SBA's Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands district director

Yvette Collazo, SBA’s Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands district director

SBA launched the public-private partnership to provide small businesses with access to educational and training resources from technology innovators and industry leaders earlier this year. AmazonBox, Facebook, LegalZoom, Microsoft, Salesforce and Zenefits originally partnered with SBA to announce that the SBTC would make digital education and training available to small businesses across the United States to help them compete.

“Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands entrepreneurs are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to tap into innovative training programs that will help them advance their small businesses, and become more competitive in today’s changing economy,” SBA District Director Yvette T. Collazo added in  the release.

Resources include webinars, white papers and guided trainings. Topics include online commerce and payment platforms, back-office operations support, productivity solutions, improving customer service and shopping experiences, cybersecurity, social media marketing and brand awareness, digital content management, doing business online through e-commerce, mobile centricity, and managing accounting and payments.

More information on the SBTC is available at: www.sba.gov/techcoalition.

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