Making information resources accessible, discoverable, and usable by the public helps fuel entrepreneurship, innovation, and scientific discovery- all of which improve Americans' lives and contribute significantly to job creation. In support of the Open Data initiative, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) publishes and maintains this site to share its open data with the world. The SBA will continue to release more data sets on an ongoing basis.
This is in compliance with the Office of Management and Budget's Memorandum M-13-13: Open Data Policy: https://digital.gov/open-data-policy-m-13-13/.
The SBA helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses. The SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government 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.
You can learn more about the SBA.gov at https://www.sba.gov/.
Open government data is important because the more accessible, discoverable, and usable data is, the more impact it can have. These impacts include, but are not limited to: cost savings, efficiency, fuel for business, improved civic services, informed policy, performance planning, research and scientific discoveries, transparency and accountability, and increased public participation in the democratic dialogue.
You can read more about the federal government's open data at https://www.data.gov/.
Data.SBA.gov is a CKAN implementation. CKAN is the world’s leading open-source data portal platform. CKAN is a complete out-of-the-box software solution that makes data accessible and usable – by providing tools to streamline publishing, sharing, finding and using data (including storage of data and provision of robust data APIs). CKAN is aimed at data publishers (national and regional governments, companies and organizations) wanting to make their data open and available.
You can learn more about CKAN at https://ckan.org/.