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Action Subject to Intergovernmental Review Under Executive Order 12372

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AGENCY:

U.S. Small Business Administration.

ACTION:

Notice of action subject to Intergovernmental review.

SUMMARY:

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is notifying the public that it intends to grant the pending applications of 36 existing Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) for refunding on January 1, 2001, subject to the availability of funds. Ten states do not participate in the EO 12372 process, therefore, their addresses are not included. A short description of the SBDC program follows in the supplementary information below.

The SBA is publishing this notice at least 120 days before the expected refunding date. The SBDCs and their mailing addresses are listed below in the address section. A copy of this notice also is being furnished to the respective State single points of contact designated under the Executive Order. Each SBDC application must be consistent with any area-wide small business assistance plan adopted by a State-authorized agency.

DATES:

A State single point of contact and other interested State or local entities may submit written comments regarding an SBDC refunding on or before August 21, 2000 to the SBDC.

ADDRESSES:

Addresses of Relevant SBDC State Directors

Mr. Michael York, State Director, Maricopa Community College, 2411 West 14th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281-6941, (480) 731-8720

Ms. Kimberly Neri, State Director, California Trade & Comm. Agency, 801 K Street, Suite 1700, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 324-9538

Mr. Malcolm Barnes, Executive Director, Howard University, 2600 6th St., NW, Room 125, Washington, D.C. 20059 (202) 806-1550

Mr. Michael Finnerty, State Director, Salt Lake Community College,1623 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84115, (801) 957-3481

Ms. Mary Madison, State Director, Office of Business Development, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1710, Denver, CO 80202 (303) 892-3794

Mr. Jerry Cartwright, State Director, University of West Florida, 19 West Garden Street, Pensacola, FL 32501, (850) 595-6060

Mr. Hank Logan, State Director, University of Georgia, Chicopee Complex, Athens, GA 30602, (706) 542-6762

Mr. Sam Males, State Director, University of Nevada/Reno, College of Business Administration, Room 411, Reno, NV 89557-0100, (775) 784-1717

Ms. Debbie Bishop, State Director, Economic Development Council, One North Capitol, Suite 420, Indianapolis, IN 46204, (317) 264-2820 x17

Mr. Darryl Mleynek, State Director, University of Hawaii/Hilo, 200 West Kawili Street, Hilo, HI 96720, (808) 974-7515

Mr. Mark Petrilli, State Director, Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, 620 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL 62701, (217) 524-5856

Ms. Mary Collins, State Director, University of New Hampshire, 108 McConnell Hall, Durham, NH 03824, (603) 862-6975

Mr. Charles Davis, State Director, University of Southern Maine, 96 Falmouth Street, Portland, ME 04103, (207) 780-4420

Mr. Scott Daugherty, State Director, University of North Carolina, 333 Fayetteville Street Mall, Suite 1150, Raleigh, NC 27514, (919) 715-7272

Dr. Grady Pennington, State Director, SE Oklahoma State University, 517 West University, Durant, OK 74701, (405) 924-0277

Mr. Ronald Hall, State Director, Small Business Development Center, 2727 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201, (313) 964-1798

Mr. Wally Kearns, State Director, University of North Dakota, P.O. Box 7308, Grand Forks, ND 58202, (701) 777-3700

Ms. Erica Kauten, State Director, University of Wisconsin, 432 North Lake Street, Room 423, Madison, WI 53706, (608) 263-7794

Mr. Greg Higgins, State Director, University of Pennsylvania, The Start Printed Page 45122Wharton School, 444 Vance Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (215) 898-1219

Mr. John Lenti, State Director, University of South Carolina, College of Business Administration, 1710 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208, (803) 777-4907

Mr. Albert Laabs, Acting State Director, Tennessee Board of Regents, 1415 Murfreesboro Road, Suite 324, Nashville, TN 37217-2833, (615) 366-3900

Mr. Jack Peters, Executive Director, University of Guam, P.O. Box 5061, UOG Station, Mangilao, GU 96923 (671) 735-2590

Mr. Robert Hamlin, Acting State Director, Bryant College, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917, (401) 232-6111

Mr. Wade Druin, State Director, University of South Dakota, School of Business, 414 East Clark, Vermillion, SD 57069, (605) 677-5287

Ms. Carolyn Clark, State Director, Washington State University, 601 West First Avenue, Spokane, WA 99202-3899, (509) 358-7765

Dr. Bruce Whitaker, Director, American Samoa Community College, P.O. Box 2609, Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 (684) 699-9155

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Johnnie L. Albertson, Associate Administrator for SBDCs, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street, SW, Suite 4600, Washington, DC 20416.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Description of the SBDC Program

A partnership exists between SBA and an SBDC. SBDCs offer training, counseling and other business development assistance to small businesses. Each SBDC provides services under a negotiated Cooperative Agreement with SBA, the general management and oversight of SBA, and a state plan initially approved by the Governor. Non-Federal funds must match Federal funds. An SBDC must operate according to law, the Cooperative Agreement, SBA's regulations, the annual Program Announcement, and program guidance.

Program Objectives

The SBDC program uses Federal funds to leverage the resources of states, academic institutions and the private sector to:

(a) Strengthen the small business community;

(b) Increase economic growth;

(c) Assist more small businesses; and

(d) Broaden the delivery system to more small businesses.

SBDC Program Organization

The lead SBDC operates a statewide or regional network of SBDC service centers. An SBDC must have a full-time Director. SBDCs must use at least 80 percent of the Federal funds to provide services to small businesses. SBDCs use volunteers and other low cost resources as much as possible.

SBDC Services

An SBDC must have a full range of business development and technical assistance services in its area of operations, depending upon local needs, SBA priorities and SBDC program objectives. Services include training and counseling to existing and prospective small business owners in management, marketing, finance, operations, planning, taxes, and any other general or technical area of assistance that supports small business growth.

The SBA district office and the SBDC must agree upon the specific mix of services. They should give particular attention to SBA's priority and special emphasis groups, including veterans, women, exporters, the disabled, and minorities.

SBDC Program Requirements

An SBDC must meet programmatic and financial requirements imposed by statute, regulations or its Cooperative Agreement. The SBDC must:

(a) Locate service centers so that they are as accessible as possible to small businesses;

(b) Open all service centers at least 40 hours per week, or during the normal business hours of its state or academic Host Organization, throughout the year;

(c) Develop working relationships with financial institutions, the investment community, professional associations, private consultants and small business groups; and

(d) Maintain lists of private consultants at each service center.

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Dated: July 10, 2000.

Johnnie L. Albertson,

Associate Administrator for Small Business Development Centers.

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[FR Doc. 00-18170 Filed 7-19-00; 8:45 am]

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