In addition to free courses, workshops, and resources, the United States Small Business Administration has recently added podcasting to its training for small business owners.
The SBA has been around since 1953 and is an independent agency of the federal government that lists its mission as being to "aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation."
These new podcasts were developed to introduce busy entrepreneurs to various small business topics, and provide advice on all aspects of starting, expanding, and financing a small business, and on business protection.
Each broadcast is less than 10 minutes long (a good length for this type of program) and features interviews with experts from the SBA, the Service Corps of retired executives, and the Small Business Development Centers, the Women's Business Centers, as well as various industry experts.
The mp3 audio podcast files can be listened to on a computer or downloaded onto any MP3 player. It seems that most also have a transcript document file which is a great feature that you rarely see included with podcasts.
"Creating a Business Plan" by Don Martin (Business Counselor and Trainer from the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center at Kutztown University) - If you are thinking about starting or expanding a small business, having a good business plan may be the difference between success or failure. Learn how to develop a good business plan. (Transcript)
Besides the small business owner audience, these would be of use to business programs in K-20 and are also good model podcasts.