Jan 27 2017

February Events - Hosted by USPTO

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US Patent and Trademark Office
February Events

Events at U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
300 River Place Dr.
Suite 2900
Detroit, MI 48207

For parking information click here. The USPTO is a federal facility and visitors are required to show a valid form of government issued ID (driver's license or passport), and may be subject to security screening.

Introduction to Intellectual Property and Midwest USPTO
February 2, 2017 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Register at: https://febintro2ip.eventbrite.com
Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? The Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan hosts an introduction to intellectual property concepts followed by a tour of Midwest Regional Office resources every first Thursday of each month. This session is for aspiring entrepreneurs, innovators, students looking for beginner information on intellectual property concepts.

Trademark Tuesday
February 14, 2017 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Register at: https://febtrademarktues.eventbrite.com

The Midwest Regional USPTO hosts an interactive question and answer session with the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC) on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. During this virtual meeting with TAC, participants will learn about the trademark registration process and be able to ask questions of experts through our video teleconferencing capability. The Trademark Assistance Center, located in Alexandria, Virginia, provides general information about trademarks.
This event is intended for individuals with a beginning to intermediate level of knowledge of trademarks. Get the most out of Trademark Tuesday by checking out Basic Facts About Trademarks: What Every Small Business Should Know Now, Not Later prior to the event.

Jan 26 2017

2017 - January SBA Procurement Resources Orientation Webinars

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SBA Procurement Resources Orientation Webinar

What is the 8(a) Business Development Program?
The SBA administers this business assistance program for socially and economically disadvantaged businesses who want to access the federal procurement market.

The 8(a) Business Development Program helps small businesses gain a foothold in government contracting. Upon enrollment in this program, firms receive help with finding contracts, proposal preparation and contract administration.

What are the basic requirements for this program?
The applicant must be a small business, unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are U.S. citizens, been in business for at least two years and demonstrates a potential for success.

What is the HUBZone Program?
The Historically Underutilized Business Zone Program stimulates economic development and creates jobs in urban and rural communities by providing federal contracting assistance to small businesses. Requirements: Firm must be located in designated HUBZone to qualify and at least 35% of its employees must reside in a HUBZone.

What is the WOSB Federal Contract Program?
The SBA administers federal contracting opportunities for women-owned small business (WOSB) and economically disadvantaged women-owned small business (EDWOSB). The Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program authorizes contracting officers to set aside certain federal contracts.

2017 January Webinar Dates:

January 25
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Jan 25 2017

NSBW-State Nominations Extended

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South Carolina – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) South Carolina District Office has extended the deadline for accepting applications for state awards. In addition, we added Small Business Exporter of the Year under the category. This is a fabulous opportunity for you to nominate your favorite small business!

State awards categories are: Female Small Business Person of the Year, Minority Small Business Person of the Year, Veteran Small Business Person of the Year, Small Business Exporter of the Year, and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. These awards are evaluated at the state level. For a full listing of awards, please visit the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s website: click here

For information on qualifications for these awards and details on how to apply: click here

To access the nomination form, click on the link: click here.


All nominations must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. EST, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. All nomination packages may only be hand delivered or mailed to the SBA Office. Email submissions of SBA Awards forms will not be accepted as they contain personally identifiable information (PII). All nominations may be mailed to the U.S. Small Business Administration, South Carolina District Office, 1835 Assembly Street, Suite 1425, Columbia, SC 29201. Attn: Martin Short.

Categories-State Awards
Female Small Business Person of the Year:
This award honors a female who owns and operates (or bears principal responsibility for operating) a for-profit small business. Nominees must have been in business a minimum of three years.

Jan 24 2017

Starting a Business? Take this Checklist Workshop

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Register Now for the Workshop: What It Takes to Start a Business

Starting a business has lots of moving parts. If you are starting a business or thinking of starting one, use this workshop to help you get it right.

What It Takes to Start a Business
Presented by: Albuquerque SCORE and the SBA New Mexico District Office
When: Thursday, January 26, 2017 10:00 a.m. to noon
Where: North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center
7521 Carmel Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
Registration Required: Register Here

The workshop will help you to determine your readiness to start a business and identify any steps you still need to take.

It will help you answer questions like:

•How much money will I need to start and sustain my business?
•How will I get customers?
•What will I need to do to comply with the law?
•What's a business model and how do I create one?
•Whom do I need on my team to help cover all the bases?

Jan 23 2017


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Are you an existing small business OR an entrepreneurial business with a written business plan, and a defined financial need? This matchmaking event will link small businesses with financing needs to active and engaged lenders. At this free event at the Cleveland State University College of Business you will:

•Speak with multiple SBA lenders over the course of a single morning. Interviews are private and one-on-one.

•Introduce yourself and your business needs, get critical feedback from lenders, and begin the loan application process.

Participating lenders are all actively making loans backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

You must have a completed business plan to participate in this event, and it is highly recommended that you work with a local Small Business Development Center, Women’s Center, or SCORE Chapter to prepare yourself. You will be asked to bring multiple copies of your business plan to the event. RSVP to: Raymond.graves@sba.gov or 216-522-4192

Meet the Lenders PREVIEW and PRIMER Meeting

Jan 20 2017

Find out how SBA can guarantee your Surety Bonds

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SBA Surety Bond Guarantee Webinar

Please join us if your small business has…

• Limited Financial Resources
• No Prior Bonded Work Experience
• Been in Business Less than Three Years
• Been Previously Denied Bonding
• Desire to Increase its Current Contract Bonding Capacity

Join us for an AT&T Connect Webinar discussing…

Contract Bonds

• What They Are & Why They Are Required
• Potential Bonding Capacity
• Ways to Maximize Your Surety Credit

SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program

• Contract Bond Guarantees Up to $6.5 Million
• The SBA Advantage
• Costs & Getting Started

Jan 19 2017

Starting Your Own Business Series continues on March 15th "Marketing Your Business"

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Start to Finish Business Planning
Register Now - Limited to 20

FREE Series Starts December 14


March 15, 2017 from 8:30 am to 10 am; Marketing
- Nothing happens until you sell something. Learn how to bring prospective customers to your door.

Click here to Register

June 14, 2017 from 8:30 am to 10 am; Business Financials and Tax - Understand the basics of keeping track of your money and complying with tax laws.

Click here to Register

September 13, 2017 from 8:30 am to 10 am; Business Organization - Learn which of the 4 types of legal business organization is best for your business.

Click here to Register

September 27, 2017 from 8:30 am to 10 am; Business Funding - Understand funding options available to you.

Click here to Register

Who Should Attend?

If you have the entrepreneurial dream of starting a business or are already in one and want to improve your chances of success, this series of workshops is for you!

• Aspiring entrepreneurs – thinking of starting a business
• Emerging and early stage businesses

Jan 17 2017

Take Your Business to the Next Level

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Take Your Business to the Next Level

Join Us for an Information Session

Thursday, January 26, 2017

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

SBA Columbus District Office

401 North Front Street, Suite 200

Columbus, Ohio 43215

Attendees will have a chance to meet the instructor and alumni from the program to learn more about the class benefits and structure. Register for this event.

SBA’s Emerging Leaders is an intensive executive-level training initiative to accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses located in America’s cities. Developed by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and drawing on the experiences of advisors and business leaders in the community, this comprehensive curriculum provides the tools to catapult your company to the next level and help it emerge as a force in your community. This training is not for businesses in the start-up phase.

View the video: Why You Should be Part of SBA's Emerging Leaders Initiative

The Emerging Leaders advanced training series is open to small business owners and executives located in the Columbus area that:

Jan 13 2017

27 January 2017 Rural Ag Event 9 am - noon

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Attention Rural Food and Ag Businesses in Sutter and Yuba Counties!

Valley Vision and partners invite you to attend a forum connecting rural food and ag businesses with helpful business resources and financing information. Participants will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with many resource providers.

Date: Friday, January 27, 2017
•Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
•Location: 420 MVL - 420 E St, Marysville, California 95901

The event is targeted to rural businesses in Yuba, Sutter, and surrounding counties with under 50 employees, including growers, ranchers, processors, distributors, and others. Community partners are also welcome to attend. Follow-up assistance and additional resources will be available for attendees.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend. Seats are limited!

Please share this invite with other folks who can benefit!


Resource providers include:

•USDA Rural Development California
•Small Business Adminstration (SBA)
•Economic Development Adminstration (EDA)
•UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR)
•Capital Region Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
•California Bank & Trust
•Opening Doors, Inc.
•Many other resource providers to connect with!

Jan 12 2017

Small Business Certification Webinar - January 18, 2017

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Small Business Certification Webinar - January 18, 2017

U.S. Federal Government contracts represent a tremendous sales and revenue opportunity for small businesses as the government is the world’s largest customer, awarding hundreds of billions of dollars for products and services. Additionally, the Federal government has specified annual prime contracting goals for designated small businesses. The current, government-wide procurement goal stipulates that at least 23% of all federal government contracting dollars should be awarded to small businesses. In addition, targeted sub-goals are established for the following small business categories:

•Women Owned Small Business – 5%
•Small Disadvantaged Business – 5%
•Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business – 3%
•HUBZone – 3%

Learn from SCORE and SBA about these Federal set-aside programs and how to qualify for them.

When: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm Eastern time

Where: This is an online event