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SBA ONLINE LOGS OVER 1 MILLION CALLS ON ITS TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY; ANNOUNCES NEW INTERNET CONNECTIONS.

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 9, 1994--The U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) popular computer bulletin board system (BBS) -- SBA Online -- recently logged its 1 millionth caller after only the first two years of operation, SBA Administrator Philip Lader announced today.

The administrator also pointed out that SBA Online has now become a part of the information superhighway by providing a direct link from the Internet, the world's largest electronic computer network used in more than 150 countries.

"SBA Online has been an overwhelming success," said Lader. "It's a fast and easy way for small business people in the U.S. or worldwide to quickly access information on SBA programs and services from their home or office, day or night.

"We owe a debt of gratitude to Sprint which provides the 800 access line free and the 900 line at a nominal cost to the small business community."

Small business owners worldwide can now access SBA Online through the new Internet connection, in addition to its 1-800, 1-900 and 1-202 access numbers.

Launched in October 1992, SBA Online receives about 1,000 calls per day from a rapidly growing small business computer user base, now in excess of 110,000 registered users. SBA Online's success, in part, is based on the partnership with Sprint which allows individuals easy and inexpensive access to the SBA's vast storehouse of data.

SBA Online offers extensive information for starting, managing or growing a small business, a mail area for networking, shareware files to aid in small business management, Internet e-mail, and gateways to other government on-line services.

SBA Online is accessible through the following numbers or

Internet command:

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 1-800-697-4636 Modem - Limited Access
 1-900-463-4636 Modem - Full Access (first minute free,
 30 cents for second minute,
 10 cents each add'l minute)
 1-202-401-9600 Modem - Full Access (Washington, D.C.,
 area code)


telnet sbaonline.sba.gov Full Access via Internet

1-202-205-6400 Voice (BBS Technical Support)

Other online services provided by SBA include access to the agency's new World Wide Web (WWW) Home Page (graphics-based), and the new Gopher service (text-based), both of which provide access to information on the agency's programs and services, comparable to the information found on SBA Online. Users can also transfer SBA information and shareware files to their personal computers through File Transfer Protocol (FTP).

The electronic mail address for accessing SBA's WWW Home Page is: http://www.sbaonline.sba.gov and for accessing SBA's Internet Gopher, the address is: gopher://www.sbaonline.sba.gov. For additional information, contact the SBA Technical Support line at 202/205-6400. -0-

Additional details/fact sheets available. Contact

your SBA district office Public Information Officer, or call

SBA Region X Public Affairs, 206/553-1455.

CONTACT: SBA
 Patricia L. Young, 202/205-6740
 or
 Michael E. Howard, 206/553-1455
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