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SBA launches pilot program

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting grant funding proposals from eligible and well-established national organizations interested in providing training, guidance, counseling, mentoring and procurement assistance to small businesses in teaming arrangements under its new Small Business Teaming Pilot program.

Under this new program, the SBA expects to make 10 to 20 grant awards for fiscal year 2011.

To be eligible for these grant awards, an applicant must: be a private, non-profit or for-profit entity; have been in existence continually for the past three years; have experience dealing with issues relating to small business on a national level; and demonstrate that it has the capacity to provide assistance to small businesses.

All proposals must be submitted electronically via the government-wide financial assistance portal by Feb. 25. For more information about the Small Business Teaming Pilot Program, visit