The Kansas City office o the U.S. Small Business Administration is holding two free information sessions on SBA Programs & Services in Independence:

• Mid-Continent Public Library-North Independence, noon to 1 p.m.Wednesday, in the community room, 317 W. U.S. 24.

• Mid-Continent Public Library-South Independence, noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 13, in the community room, 13700 E. 35th St. South.

Participants can learn about free resources to help plan, launch, manage and grow a business, and SBA representatives will talk about entrepreneurial development, small business funding, government contracting, small business certifications, disaster recovery and international trade.

For reservations, email Ram Basnet at or call 816-426-4908.