For the basics on the 8(a) and other programs designed to foster small business, go to the SBA's national Web site at To view the Web site in Spanish, click the En Espanol link in the upper right corner.

For questions about the 8(a) program in the Washington area, contact:

Theodore Holloman, the SBA's deputy district director.

202-606-4000, Ext. 314

For free or low-cost business advice in Spanish, contact:

Latino Economic Development Corporation


South Fairfax Small Business Development Center


Ask for Patricia Peacock

Arlington Small Business Development Center

This center also offers counseling in Vietnamese and Korean.


Ask for Nalin Jain

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), a nonprofit association sponsored by the Small Business Administration. Its 13,000 members provide entrepreneurs with free, confidential business counseling, either in person or by e-mail.


The Hispanic Business Institute at Montgomery College offers bilingual business training and classes.

Contact Liliana Arango, program director

301-962-8934 The school has campuses in Germantown, Rockville and Takoma Park.

Upcoming SBA-sponsored workshops

* Selling to the Federal Government

June 11

* Workshop on GSA Schedule

June 25

Both three-hour workshops cost $36 per person and begin at 9 a.m. The workshops are given in the SBA's district office at 1110 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington.

Call 202-606-4000, Ext. 287, to register. Web site:

For a list of other organizations assisting small businesses, visit: