Jul 07 2017

NEWS release

NEWS release

Release Date:
 July 5, 2017
Michael Lampton Michael.Lampton@sba.gov (404) 331-0333
Release Number:
17-652, GA 15198                                                              
Internet Address:

SBA Offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans in South Carolina Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration

ATLANTA - The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Aiken, Allendale and Barnwell counties in South Carolina as a result of the freeze on March 15 - 17, 2017. 

“These counties are eligible because they are contiguous to one or more primary counties in Georgia.  The Small Business Administration recognizes that disasters do not usually stop at county or state lines. For that reason, counties adjacent to primary counties named in the declaration are included,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East. 

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.  With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, or ranchers.  

The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations of all sizes and 3.15 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years.  The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources.  Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.  These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred.  The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits. 

Jul 07 2017

Veteran Webinar: Are You Ready to Start or Grow Your Business?

SBA Houston District Office
Veteran Webinar:  Are You Ready to Start or Grow Your Business?

Veterans Campaign

Are you ready to start or grow your small business?

Join the SBA Houston District Office, FranNet and The BridgePath for a FREE WEBINAR for Veterans  and Veteran spouses.  If you would like to start or expand your small business, SBA has the resources to help. From creating a business plan to finding your first customer, we're here to help you succeed.

*Wednesday, July 12, 2017* - The Ins and Outs of Credit
*9:30 a.m – 11:00 a.m. (Central Standard Time)*

*Tuesday, July 25, 2017* - Franchising for Veterans
*9:30 a.m – 11:00 a.m. (Central Standard Time)*

Jul 07 2017


SBA Maine District Office
Effective Recruitment

Free Advice From The Pros

     Webinar Presented With Help From The U.S. Small Business Administration

Finding qualified employees for your Maine business has never been more challenging.  Every day that you have an open job, your company is losing productivity, customers, and money.  There are steps you can take right now to improve your recruitment efforts.

Learn actionable tips from Maine's most successful recruiters in a 45-minute webinar on July 19th.

Participating recruitment professionals include: Stacie Johnston, L.L. Bean; David Pease, Bangor Savings Bank; Christy Hillman, Tyler Technologies; and Catharine MacLeran, EMHS.

Jul 07 2017

Business Financing: How to Secure Financing

SBA Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office
Business Financing: How to Secure Financing
Military Appreciation Month

Friday, July 7, 2017
9 A.M. - 11 A.M.
SBA Conference Room
2422 E. Tyler Ave., Suite E, Harlingen
Harlingen, Texas

The U.S. Small Business Administration has organized a series of eight (8) Friday Informational Workshops to help small business owners or anyone thinking about starting a business properly start, build and grow. Additionally, the sessions will provide an opportunity for participants to connect with representatives from federal, state and local business resource agencies for expert information. Money is the lifeline of any business and securing financing is a major factor. Many entrepreneurs find the task daunting and don’t even know where to begin. July’s session will include a panel of participating SBA lenders and microlenders that will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on how to apply and the requirements for a business loan.

Discover and Learn:  

• Basic requirements and eligibility
• The difference between a conventional loan and an SBA guaranteed loan
• The five C’s of credit
• Criteria used to evaluate loan proposals

Get answers from the experts! Come prepared with questions and best of all it’s FREE! Seating is limited so register today!

For more information or to register contact Veronica Z. Ortega at (956) 427-8533, Ext. 233 - e-mail at veronica.ortega@sba.gov.

Jul 07 2017

What’s Cookin’ in Food-Based Marketing?

SBA Pittsburgh District Office
What’s Cookin’ in Food-Based Marketing?

Attend our FREE Webinar, July 10

Interested in spicing up your marketing and selling techniques and carve out greater profits in the food industry? If you’re a small business owner looking for zestier promotional recipes, join SBA and Penn State Extension July 10 for a FREE food-based marketing webinar. Get your sales sizzling in just 60 minutes after learning:

*Efficient and inexpensive ways to keep your products on shopping lists

*Why market research and customer surveys are important

*On/off-season promotions and activities

*Streamlining the process to cultivating repeat customers

 WHAT:  Webinar: “Heating up your food-based Marketing Plan”

DATE:  Mon., July 10

TIME: 11:00 a.m. to noon EST


Jul 07 2017

Make Your Business Bankable

SBA Houston District Office
Make Your Business Bankable

Understanding Your Credit Report: Business vs. Personal

The workshop will provide an overview of concepts necessary to understand the correlation between personal and business credit. Discuss Dun & Bradstreet report (D&B) and the new Credit Card Act. Personalize your plan for improvement.

Financial Statements Overview and Cash Flow Forecast

It is imperative that you know the “stories” that financial statements tell you. This session will focus on the preparation of a Cash Flow Forecast to be used by both (i) start-ups as part of a Business Plan to obtain initial financing and by (ii) ongoing businesses as a critical management tool.

Access to Capital

This is one of the most important issues facing small business today. This panel discussion will be interactive with members of the lending community including Capital One Bank, the US Small Business Adminisitration (SBA), LiftFund, People Fund and Houston Business Development, Inc. (HBDI). Ask the questions that are on your mind and learn about the various opportunities to borrow money to start or grow your business.


  • Marina Perez, Chief Executive of Education and Development
  • Mike Fadden, Business Management Professional and SCORE Mentor

Whether you are just getting started or you are an existing business ready to expand, attend this workshop to learn how SBA & SCORE can help.

When:   Wednesday, July 19, 2017
              9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Where:   The Kingdom Builder's Center
               6011 W. Orem
               Houston, TX 77085

Contact:   SCORE              
                 (713) 487-6565

Fee:  FREE, however seating is limited so register Today!
Join the SBA Houston District at a workshop hosted by SCORE Houston.  This workshop is for entrepreneurs and small business owners alike. 

Jul 07 2017

FREE Business Workshops

SBA Buffalo District Office
       FREE Business Workshops
Join the Niagara SBDC for FREE Business Workshops

To Register call 716.210.2515

Email us at:  sbdc@niagaracc.suny.edu

Helping your business succeed! Niagara Falls Culinary Institute

28 Old Falls St, Niagara  Falls, NY 14303  Room 234

Social Media Basics for Your Business - Wednesday, July 12, 2017 ~1:30-3:30 pm

Business Organizational Forms: Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, LLC’s, Corporations -Wednesday, July 19, 2017~ 1:30-3:30 pm

Recordkeeping for Small Business - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 ~ 1:30-3:30 pm

Financing Sources and Business Plan Development - Wednesday, August 2, 2017 ~ 1:30-3:30 pm

Developing a Marketing Plan - Wednesday, August 9, 2016 ~ 1:30-3:30 pm

Jul 07 2017

SBA Partner Briefing Webinar Data Access Workshop US Census Bureau July 19, 2017

SBA Partner Briefing Webinar
Data Access Workshop
US Census Bureau
July 19, 2017

Greetings from the SBA Michigan District Office! 
Please Join Our 
Partner Briefing Webinar!
Wednesday, July 19, 2017  1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
Featured Speaker:  Jeana D. Bunn-Hector, Data Disemination Specialist, US Census Bureau, who will provide an overview of data available to businesses to help them support their business plans, target clients and more!

Instructions to join the webinar:
From your computer: www.connectmeeting.att.com
Meeting number: 888 858 2144
Access code: 7790762
Log in as a “participant” 
From your phone: 

Jul 07 2017

The SBA San Diego District Office and the Vista Chamber of Commerce are hosting an SBA Day event and Lender Fair on Wednesday, July 26th.

SBA San Diego District Office

Please share this event with family and friends!

Image: Woman in front of Open business
The SBA San Diego District Office and the Vista Chamber of Commerce are hosting an SBA Day event and Lender Fair on Wednesday, July 26th. Presentations include:
  • California Small Business Permits and Taxes 
    Presented by: California Board of Equalization

  • Legal aspects of being in business - Presented by: A Local Attorney

  • An overview of the new I-9 form and filing procedures
    Presented by: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

  • Cyber Security Tips - Presenter: TBD

  • How Our Resource Partners May Help You Succeed in Your Business
    Presented by: Representatives from SCORE, the Small Business Development Center, the Veteran's Business Outreach Center, and more.

  • How Our Local Lenders May Help You Finance Your Business

Jul 07 2017

Learn all about Intellectual Property for Business Owners! July 11th, 1:00 - 4:00 pm Meadows Conference Center

SBA Dallas/Fort Worth District Office
Learn all about Intellectual Property for Business Owners! July 11th, 1:00 - 4:00 pm Meadows Conference Center

SBA joins representatives from the Unites States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and SCORE Dallas to discuss different types of Intellectual Property (IP) in this 3-hour workshop on July 11th at 1:00 pm at the Meadows Conference Center.

Learn about the application process, and resources available to those seeking a patent or trademark registration.

Learn how you can use intellectual property to protect and grow your business!

With many new products and processes coming to market, it is important to protect your Intellectual Property.  Attend and ask questions directly from the people who know the process.  Get key tips on protecting and growing your business while protecting your Intellectual Property!  

SCORE is a strategic partner with the Small Business Administration (SBA) and charges a fee of $40 for this worshop.