Nov 19 2019

SBA Rhode Island District Office November Newsletter

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Rhode Island District Office  - November 2019

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Entrepreneurship Month

November is National Entrepreneurship Month! The SBA provides resources to help you confidently start, grow, expand or recover your small business. Need help getting started or growing your small business? Contact one of the SBA's expert resource partners below: 


SCORE is the  nation's largest network of volunteer business mentors. Experienced executives share real-world knowledge as often as you need, in person, via email or over video chat. To contact SCORE in Rhode Island visit RI.SCORE.org 

Small Business Development Center

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are a network of centers that provide counseling and training to help small business owners with a variety of topics  such as: marketing, regulatory compliance, technology development and international trade. The Rhode Island SBDC is housed at the University of Rhode Island with centers in Providence and Lincoln as well. To learn more visit RISBDC.org

Women's Business Center

Women interested in starting or growing a small business can tap into a national network of community-based Women’s Business Centers. These centers offer training and counseling to those looking to make their entrepreneurial mark. WBCs offer a variety of programs in finance, management and marketing. The Women’s Business Center in Rhode Island is housed at the Center for Women & Enterprise in Providence, to learn more visit www.cweonline.org.

 Veteran Business Outreach Center

Veteran entrepreneurs or small business owners can receive business training, counseling and mentoring at Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC). At these centers, veterans and their spouses can also find out about financing options and receive procurement guidance which can help them better compete for government contracts.  The VBOC serving Rhode Island all of New England is housed in Providence at the Center for Women & Enterprise. More information can be found at https://www.cweonline.org/vboc   


Small Business Saturday, November thirtieth. Cosponsorship Authorization #19-2050-93.

In honor of Small Business Saturday, the SBA in conjunction with the Rhode Island Foundation and the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce will be holding a walking tour of local small businesses on High Street in Westerly on Tuesday, November 26 at 10:00 am. The SBA hopes to spread awareness of the impact small business has on the local economy while encouraging consumers to get out and #ShopSmall on November 30th! For more information contact Ryan Brissette at (401) 528-4630 or Ryan.Brissette@SBA.gov

National Small Business Week Awards, submit your nomination.

Are you the next Rhode Island Small Business Person of the Year?

Nominations for the SBA's 2020 National Small Business Week Awards are now being accepted! Are you the next Rhode Island Small Business Person of the Year? There's only one way to find out! One nominee from Rhode Island will compete against nominees from other states for the SBA's signature award: the National Small Business Person of the Year. 

Eligible businesses must have been successfully operating at least three years and must have received at least one type of SBA assistance such as, but not limited to, an SBA loan; SCORE, Women's Business Center, Small Business Development Center or Veteran's Business Outreach Center assistance; government contracting assistance; disaster loan assistance; and/or attended Boots to Business training. Further guidance on eligibility requirements can be found here.

Award categories include:

  • Small Business Person of the Year

  • Small Business Exporter of the Year

  • Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Small Business

    • Must have been in business for at least 15 years and had the business passed down at least 1 generation

  • Minority Small Business Owner of the Year

  • Veteran Small Business Owner of the Year

  • Woman Small Business Owner of the Year

  • Home-based Small Business Owner of the Year

  • Microenterprise of the Year

    • 5 employees or less, including the owner

  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year

    • Must be under the age of 30

  • Small Business Manufacturer of the Year

  • Financial Services Champion

Nominations will be accepted through December 6, 2019. National award winners will be announced during SBA's National Small Business Week, May 3-9th, 2020.

More information and the nomination forms can be found here

If you would like to nominate a small business please contact Public Affairs Specialist, Ryan Brissette at (401) 528-4630 or Ryan.Brissette@sba.gov.

SBA Celebrates National Native American Heritage Month

During National Native American Heritage Month, learn about contracting, business development and other programs for Native American small business owners. Click the link below to see what resources are avaliable specifically for Native American-Owned Small Business.

Native American-Owned Small Business Resources


National Veterans
Small Business Week 2019

Veteran Success Panel

(L-R) John Shepard, Vietnam Veteran and CEO of Veterans Assembled electronics; Nicole O'Brien, Military Spouse and Owner of UniquePl8z and Operation Made; Chris Sanford, Naval Officer and Owner of PuroClean Disaster Restortation Services.

The SBA celebrated National Veteran Small Business Week (November 4-8) by hosting three events geared towards helping veteran-owned small business grow. The first event was a three part workshop called "Veteran Business Ownership: Paths to Success" held at the VA Providence Medical Center. The event started with a panel of veteran-owned small business owners who shared their experience and tips for success, followed by a segment on service-disabled veteran-owned small business certifications, and finished with a deep-dive into franchising.

Dimeo Construction

The second event was held in conjunction with the Rhode Island Procurement Technical Assistance Center (RIPTAC) and Dimeo Construction. Representatives from Dimeo help educate veteran-owned small business about sub-contracting opportunities. They explained the process and what is expected from a sub-contractor as well as the potential for work with Rhode Island's new Veteran-Owned enterprise certification. 

Interview Best Practices

The third event - "Interviewing and Hiring Best Practices for Your Veteran-Owned Small Business" - was held at the Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and was taught by SCORE counselor, Dr. Gary J. Convertino, SHRM-CP/PHR. Dr. Convertino explained the “A to Z” to help veteran-owned small business owners navigate the process of hiring an employee. 

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5 Ways to Kickstart Your Small Business This National Entrepreneurship Month

1. Conduct market research
2. Write your business plan
3. Figure out your finances
4. Find a mentor
5. Use free resources

To learn more follow the link below. 

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All the information you need to start and grow your Small Business in Rhode Island can be found in our online Resource Guide. Download it today!

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