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Federal Assistance

Through September 30, 2004, the federal agencies most frequently involved in assisting communities reported they had collectively provided about $1.9 billion in assistance in response to the previous rounds (1988, 1991, 1993, and 1995) of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). Interagency coordination has also facilitated the civilian reuse of former military installations to benefit the public through Federal agency-sponsored public benefit conveyances. For more information, see Federal Agencies And Public Benefit Conveyances.

The following programs are available to assist communities with the alleviation of socioeconomic effects that may result from military base closures and realignments. Under Executive Order 12788, as amended, assistance for communities impacted by Defense program changes is coordinated across the Federal Government through the Economic Adjustment Committee (EAC). The Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) staffs the EAC and its Director is the EAC's Executive Director. Communities are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the following resources, including accessing program information through the provided internet links. OEA staff is available at (703) 604-6020 to address any questions you may have concerning the EAC, federal assistance available to affected communities, or specific local needs that may exist.

Please note that while OEA attempts to provide current information, these programs and their availability are subject to change without notice. Please contact the appropriate agency for the most up-to-date information on current programs.

Resources for Individuals

This section provides service descriptions and contact information for Government programs available to jobseekers, employers, and local governments impacted by BRAC. Each subsection includes descriptions of programs geared to help in a specific area as well as contact information for those programs.

Starting a New Business

Rural Development Office

U.S. Department of Agriculture

This site provides information about the various programs United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers. The USDA has Rural Development Offices in almost every State. They help businesses obtain the financial and technical assistance needed to address their diverse and unique needs. More information about the resources available to small businesses and how to access them is available at the Web site listed above.

Minority Business Development Agency

U.S. Department of Commerce

The Minority Business Development Agency funds Business Development Centers around the country to assist with the start-up, expansion, and development of minority-owned firms. In turn, the funded centers provide individualized management and technical assistance to minority entrepreneurs at every stage of business development. The Web site provides four types of services: Access to Markets, Access to Capital, Management and Technical Assistance, and Education and Training.

Small Business Administration

U.S. Small Business Administration

This site provides basic preparation techniques for starting, planning, marketing, and financing a new business. Each State has at least one U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) district office, with multiple resource partners to support the needs of the small business community.

Small Business Development Centers

U.S. Small Business Administration

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by providing a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations. There are 63 Lead SBDCs — and a network of more than 1,100 service locations. The Web site or toll-free phone number 1-800-8-ASK-SBA or 1-202-205-7333 (TTY) can provide contact information for service locations.

Section 8(a) Business Development

U.S. Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Section 8 (a) Business Development program provides technical assistance to socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs who have been in business for at least two years. Individuals can apply to the 8(a) program by contacting their State’s SBA district office. This contact can be made by using www.sba.gov/aboutsba/dis_offices.html or by calling the phone number 202-205-6417.

Basic 7 (a) Loan Guaranty

U.S. Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers numerous loan programs to assist small businesses. The Basic 7(a) Loan Guaranty can help qualified small businesses obtain start-up financing when they might not be eligible for business loans through traditional lending channels. SBA offers multiple variations of the basic 7(a) loan program to accommodate targeted needs. This Web site provides the program’s basic criteria and contact information for applying.

Small Business Self-Employment Service (SBSES)

U.S. Small Business Administration

The Small Business Self-Employment Service (SBSES) offers comprehensive counseling and referrals that support self-employment and small business ownership opportunities for people with disabilities. This Web site provides general information on SBSES and a list of resources. It also includes a link to the Job Accommodation Network, which is a national toll-free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations and the employability of people with disabilities.

Small Business Loans

U.S. Small Business Administration

This Web site provides a snap shot of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) loan programs to assist small businesses. SBA also offers an online women’s business center that can be accessed through www.onlinewbc.gov. This site provides resource information and links to help women start and run successful businesses, regardless of social or financial disadvantage, race, ethnicity or business background.

Women’s Business Ownership Assistance

U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of Labor

This Web site is a one-stop Federal resource for women business owners. It provides targeted information, online programs, and networking opportunities to help women entrepreneurs navigate the ever-changing business world.

One-Stop Career Centers

U.S. Department of Labor

One-Stop Career Centers provide specialized information and assistance for individuals starting new businesses. Entrepreneurs can access the wide array of services, including job applicant screening, information relating to career exploration and skill requirements of various occupations, consumer report information on the performance of local education and training providers, and quality labor market information. The Web site and toll-free number 1-877-US2-JOBS (TTY: 1-877-899-5627) can identify which One-Stop Career Center offers help in starting new businesses and provide contact information for One-Stop Career Centers throughout the United States.

Unemployment Insurance/Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEA)

U.S. Department of Labor

This site provides a map with links to help unemployed persons locate the nearest unemployment insurance (UI) agency. UI claimants may qualify for assistance through the Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) Program, which is administered by State unemployment insurance agencies. The SEA program offers biweekly allowances and training and technical assistance to participants who are working full-time on starting their own business instead of looking for a job. Claimants should contact their State unemployment insurance agency to find out about availability and eligibility criteria in their State.

Service Corps of Retired Executives

Nonprofit Organization

This Web site provides online counseling services and referrals to address questions or concerns in starting a new business. Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) advertises itself as "Counselors to America's Small Business." It is a nonprofit association dedicated to providing entrepreneurs with free, confidential face-to-face and email business counseling.