SBA business assessment tools prove popular

The U.S. Small Business Administration's latest tools for assessing whether or not an entrepreneur is ready to pull the trigger on a venture are getting a good workout.

The agency says more than 125,000 people have gone online in the last three months to use its "Small Business Readiness" and "8(a) Business Development" applications.

The tools give current and prospective business owners a way to gauge their odds of success at starting and running a business, the agency said.

The readiness assessment can be found on the SBA's Web site at the following address: http://www.sba.gov/assessmenttool/index.html.

The 8(a) Business Development program is geared toward helping small disadvantaged businesses, steering entrepreneurs to training and other resources online. It can be found at the following site: http://training.sba.gov:8000/assessment.