U.S. Government Aid to Business:

Federal Government Programs That Provide Management and Technical Assistance

GGD-95-3FS: Published: Oct 14, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 1994.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on federal programs that provide management and technical assistance to businesses, focusing on the: (1) number and type of programs that provide business management and technical assistance; (2) target customers that these programs are designed to serve; and (3) current funding levels for these programs.

GAO found that: (1) there are 24 federally sponsored programs that primarily provide management and technical assistance to businesses; (2) these programs offer a variety of services to businesses, including accounting assistance, business plan development, proposal and bid preparation, marketing, worker training, and assistance in implementing improved technology; (3) the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of Commerce had the largest number of management and technical assistance programs for fiscal year (FY) 1994; (4) there are also business assistance programs in the Departments of Defense, Energy, Labor, Transportation, and the Treasury; (5) government agencies that have procurement authority generally have an Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (0SDBU) to assist in the development of small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals; (6) OSDBU primarily focus on helping companies procure contracts with the federal government through various outreach efforts including conferences, procurement fairs, and business strategy sessions; and (7) proposed FY 1994 funding levels for the programs varied widely, ranging from a high of $71 million for SBA Small Business Development Centers to a low of $1.5 million for Labor's Microenterprise Grant Program.

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