SBA offering online help for starting new business

The U.S. Small Business Administration will offer a free one-hour Web chat next week on starting a small business.

Barry McKinley, a SCORE counselor in Orange County, Calif., will host the chat, which will begin at noon Thursday and last an hour. He'll answer questions about the first steps to take in starting a business, and how and when to get a small business idea off the ground.

To join the chat, go to and click on Online Business Chat.