The Great American Small Business Challenge

Small business owners can receive free software, online training and support to help them gain the essential leadership skills needed to turn their business into a rewarding, profit generating enterprise.

Roselle, IL, September 15, 2008 --( Small Business owners who take The Great American Small Business Challenge will have access to free online business development software, training and support which they can use to build their organizational infrastructure, define their business strategies and develop an action plan that will prepare their business for rapid growth.

The GASBC is a year long event, starting January 1, 2009. It is part of a collaborative effort between corporate and non-profit sponsors and participating Small Business Development Centers(SBDCs). The Challenge is meant to inspire small business owners to gain the skills that will help them feel more optimistic, confident and energized about their business.

Small Businesses who participate in the Challenge, will have the opportunity to earn awards and recognition based upon the progress that they make during the Challenge. Awards are achieved when certain milestones in the business development process are reached. So, even business owners that register after January 1st, will still have plenty of time to Win an award (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum).

Through the generosity of sponsors, Challenge participants can also receive product discounts, qualify for special offers and receive other prizes. Sponsors will have a direct link on the GASBC web site and will have their product information featured in the monthly GASBC e-newsletter that will be sent out to all participating Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) and Challenge participants.

For more information on how small business owners can register for the Challenge or how companies can Sponsor or publicize the event, please visit The Great American Small Business Challenge web site.

The Great American Small Business Challenge
Jean Kulig-Tucker
(877) 642-1907 Ext. 2