National Small Business Week Awards are back! SBA is now accepting nominations for its 2023 National Small Business Week Awards, including the Small Business Person of the Year. Could you be our next winner? Submit your nomination today.
Deadline to submit is December 8, 2022 at 12PM PT.
Happy Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15)
Hispanic Heritage Month is a time for us to celebrate the amazing contributions of the American Latino small business community. We know Latinas are starting businesses at record rates and inspiring others to follow their entrepreneurial dreams. Our San Francisco
Small Business Person of the Year, Lina Mills, CEO and Founder of Creative Ideas Catering, is one such example.
No stranger to adversity, Lina built her business from the ground-up, starting with local catering, moving to corporate catering and now has her own kitchen and market/cafe. She tackled every challenge with determination, from immigrating to the USA, learning
a new language, starting a business when she lost her job, and finding new customers when COVID affected her corporate contracts. A savvy business woman, Lina reached out for assistance and leveraged many SBA resources such as the Renaissance Women’s Business
Center and various loan and grant programs including a 504 loan from TMC Community Capital, PPP, and EIDL. Lina is an inspiration and now aspires to give-back and help new entrepreneurs find their path to success.
Federal Reserve’s 2022 Survey of Small Business Owners Is Open
The Federal Reserve’s 2022 Small Business Credit Survey is open for responses. By taking the survey, you contribute to data that directly informs the Fed, federal government agencies, service providers, policymakers, and more—ultimately benefitting your business
and other businesses like yours.
Tell us about your recent experiences. Did your business seek financing such as loans or lines of credit in the last 12 months? How would you rate the financial condition of your business?
The Small Business Credit Survey is open to businesses currently in operation, those recently closed, and those about to launch. All responses are confidential.
Please take the 10-minute survey today. The survey closes on November 4, 2022. Start
Small Business Training Events
SBA and its resource partners – SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and Veterans Business Outreach Center – continually offer training and educational programs. A sample is highlighted below, and the full calendar of training
programs and webinars is found at San Francisco District Office (SFDO) Upcoming Events link.
B2B Marketing: Selling Your Idea to Business Buyers (09/20 at 09:30AM)
Food – Selling Artisan Foods from Home (09/20 at 12PM)
Sociales para su Negocio (09/20 at 6PM)
Security Essentials (09/21 at 10AM)
Food Business Class (09/21 at 05:30PM & 09/28 at 08:30PM)
Workspace (G Suite) by Google: Software Tools for Your Business (09/23 at 10AM)