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Region VI - South Central Region News
Regional office representing Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma & New Mexico
Op Ed By Regional Administrator Justin Crossie
December 28, 2020
There is no doubt that 2020 has been a trying time. There is, however, something to be said about the American entrepreneur. I have seen firsthand, during my recent journey throughout the region, a common thread connecting entrepreneurs – an unwavering spirit
and will to triumph in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Very much like the Great Depression of the 1930’s, the coronavirus pandemic has threatened the nation’s economy and small businesses especially have felt the impact of COVID closures and restrictions.
The American entrepreneur has yet to turn tail from the challenge.
Mississippi District Office
Join SBA on Monday, December 28, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. for webinar on market research. Market research is the systematic gathering, cataloging and analysis of data used to gain a competitive edge in the marketplace. Coupled with social
media, it can give a business the edge it needs to succeed on a larger scale. This workshop taught in partnership with the Mississippi Small Business Development Center provides a detailed overview of the market research process along with how to effectively
deploy a social media strategy for your business. Numerous sources and examples will be provided during the session.
New Mexico District Office - December 21, 2020
The Sacramento District Office - December 2020
Illinois District Office - December 2020
Minnesota District Office
Executive Transportation provides premium business class limousine and luxury car services to customers across the country. It also manages holiday tours, weddings, etc. Owner Gus Ortis explained that, “COVID hit us pretty hard. We are a luxury service and
that is the first thing to go. Plus, corporate travel was really limited at the time of extreme uncertainty.”
With revenues down significantly, the company went from growing and profitable to being in trouble almost overnight. The drop from 100 reservations a day to 10 during the worst of the crisis forced it to lay off 33 of the staff of 44.
To help weather the storm, Ortis reached out for help from the SBA. He received funding from the Paycheck Protection Program and used the knowledge and connections he acquired from SBA’s Emerging Leaders Program in 2019.
Orange County / Inland Empire District Office
Stacy Sanchez, Senior Community Loan Officer, CDC Small Business Finance
Linda Onestinghel, VP, Goodman Capital Finance
Mike Daniel, SBDC
Joy Clarke-Holmes, SCORE
Get Funding to Start or Grow Your Business
Office of International Trade Export News - December 2020
Loretta Greene, SBA Associate Administrator for International Trade
Dec. 15 SBA Webinar Highlights Small Business Exporter Debra Dudley, CEO of
Debra Dudley is a “country girl” and proud of it. She grew up planning to be a country music star, but fate had a different calling. Her stardom came a little later in life as the SBA’s 2017 Kentucky Small Business Person of the Year and the National Small
Business Person of the Year 1st-Runner-Up.