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OSDBU has designed this website to provide convenient, concise, and timely information about its programs and other useful small business support resources. When we link to non-OSDBU websites, we do not vouch for the validity or accuracy of the information found on those sites nor do we endorse any products or services that may be offered.


Privacy Policy

We do not collect personally identifiable information (e.g., name, address, phone number, e-mail address) unless you provide it to us. Any such information we do receive is used only to respond to your inquiries, comments and requests, and for aggregated statistical purposes. In addition, this site does not collect information through the use of "Cookies."

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

When you visit our site to read or download information we automatically collect only the following information about you.

  • The name of the domain (for example,"xyzfirm.com" if you use a private Internet access account, or "yourschool.edu" if you are connecting from a university's domain);
  • The IP address from which you access our website;
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our site
  • The date and time you accessed it;
  • The Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to us; and
  • The pages you visit.

Our site captures and uses this information so we can provide better services to our visitors. For example, we use the browser information to improve the functionality and format our Web pages.

E-Mail: If you send us an email, we will use your return email address to respond to your questions and requests for assistance. Users are reminded that email is not necessarily secure against interception. If your communication is very sensitive or includes personal information, you may want to send it to us by postal mail instead.

Forms: If you use our Web site forms to contact us, we capture the information you provide and use it to respond to your comments, requests and inquiries. We also capture the address of the server from which you sent the form.

Retention: We retain the information we get from you for one month or a period of up to 30 days after we have responded, whichever is less.

Sharing: We do not share any of the information you provide with agencies outside of the Department of Commerce.

Protection of Information: To the maximum extent of the law we do not make the information we collect from this website available to the public.

Other Sites: Links from our site or from other sites to us, do not constitute an endorsement by our agency. These links are for convenience only. The responsibility for evaluation of the content and usefulness of information obtained from other sites is left up to the user. In any case where you are linked off of our site, users are encouraged to determine the information collection policies of the new site.

Security, Intrusion, and Detection

For site security purposes, and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, all traffic is monitored in order to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage or conduct criminal activity. To protect this website from unauthorized use and to ensure that it is functioning properly, all users are subject to having all of their activities monitored and recorded by authorized personnel. Anyone using this website expressly consents to such monitoring and is advised that if there is evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity, the results of this monitoring shall be made available to appropriate officials for possible prosecution. Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage to this website, are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under applicable federal law.



This website has been designed to ensure that members of the public with disabilities, and Federal employees with disabilities, have access to, and use of, information and data that is comparable to the access and use available to persons who do not have disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency. The design is based on Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998 that pertain specifically to websites (36 CFR 1194.22).

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