Money Smart for Small Business is a new instructor-led training curriculum developed jointly by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Small Business Administration (SBA). The 10 modules in the curriculum provide introductory training for new and aspiring entrepreneurs on the basics of organizing and managing a business. In addition to grounding participants in the basics, the curriculum serves as a foundation for more advanced training and technical assistance.
The free curriculum is designed to be delivered to new or operating small business owners – persons without formal business training – by financial institutions, small business development centers (SBDCs), city/county economic development offices, faith-based organizations and others. The curriculum is a tool for community partnerships. For example, bank staff could deliver the curriculum in collaboration with small business resource providers. No certifications are required to use the curriculum. Those delivering the curriculum may find it helpful to have experience in the delivery of training, technical assistance or coaching to small businesses.
The core curriculum of 10 training modules presents introductory information on running a small business from a financial standpoint. Designed to provide the most essential information in approximately one hour, the modules can be taught in any order. Each module consists of an instructor’s guide, participant’s take-home manual, and overheads. Instructors are invited to consider organizing and hosting forums to enable workshop participants to meet regularly to support one another after the training, as well as connect participants with other programs and resources to support their business goals.
The 10 training modules include the following topics:
* Organization Types
* Time Management
* Financial Management
* Record Keeping
* Banking Services Available for Small Businesses Credit Reporting
* Risk Management
* Tax Planning and Reporting
* Selling a Small Business and Succession Planning
The FDIC recognizes select organizations that deliver the Money Smart for Small Business curriculum through the Money Smart Alliance Program. Potential Alliance Partners conduct and market the training in their community and provide follow-up training, referrals, or technical support to graduates of the training. Alliance partners can participate in a quarterly online town hall to share best practices, problem-solve common issues, and provide feedback to FDIC necessary for the continuous improvement of the core curriculum. Organizations interested in becoming a Training Alliance Partner and delivering Money Smart for Small Business training can contact FDIC firstname.lastname@example.org to join the Alliance.
The Money Smart for Small Business program can be ordered at the following Web link:
One CD is provided per instructor (maximum of 15 CDs per organization). Materials from the CD can be freely reproduced, as there are no copyright restrictions.