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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 SBA
abbr.
Small Business Administration

Noun 1. SBA - an independent agency of the United States government that protects the interests of small businesses and ensures that they receive a fair share of government
) popular computer bulletin board system (BBS (1) (Bulletin Board System) A computer system used as an information source and forum for a particular interest group. They were widely used in the U.S. ) -- SBA Online -- recently logged its 1 millionth caller after only the first two years of operation, SBA Administrator Philip Lader Philip Lader, the United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James's, (the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) from 1997 to 2001, is chairman of WPP Group plc, the global media/communications services company with 98,000 people in 2,000 offices in 106 countries.  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 Internet, the, international computer network linking together thousands of individual networks at military and government agencies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, industrial and financial corporations of all sizes, and commercial enterprises  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 See Web 2.0 and Internet2.  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:

---------------------------------------------------------
    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 WWW or W3: see World Wide Web.


(World Wide Web) The common host name for a Web server. The "www-dot" prefix on Web addresses is widely used to provide a recognizable way of identifying a Web site.
) 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 A communications protocol used to transmit files without loss of data. A file transfer protocol can handle all types of files including binary files and ASCII text files. See Kermit, Zmodem and FTP.  (FTP FTP
 in full file transfer protocol

Internet protocol that allows a computer to send files to or receive files from another computer. Like many Internet resources, FTP works by means of a client-server architecture; the user runs client software to connect to
).

The electronic mail address (messaging) electronic mail address - (Usually "e-mail address") The string used to specify the source or destination of an electronic mail message. E.g. "john@doc.acme.ac.uk".

The RFC 822 standard is probably the most widely used on the Internet. X.
 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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