Nov 25 2019

10 Tips for Small Business Saturday Success

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SBA Celebrates National Native American Heritage Month


Did you know that the federal government provides opportunities in contracting, business development and other programs for Native American small business owners? During National Native American Heritage Month, take the time to learn more about these programs and services.

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Robert Irvine

Why Veterans are Well-Suited to Become Business Owners—And the Lessons You can Learn from Them

By Robert Irvine

Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone. The average worker bee might complain about their lousy boss or the inefficiency of their company and muse on how much better things would be if they were in charge, but the fact is few people have the rare combination of energy, guts, and determination to actually go out and create a business of their own. In short: most people would rather deal with a situation they hate than do what’s necessary to become their own boss.

I understand why.

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Associate Administrator of the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, Allen Gutierrez

Empowering Gen Z Entrepreneurs at the SBA’s Youth Entrepreneurship Summit

By Associate Administrator of the SBA Office of Entrepreneurial Development, Allen Gutierrez 

Did you know that 20% of Gen Zs see themselves starting a business in their first five years out of college? Gen Zs are enterprising and entrepreneurial, and they’re already taking the small business sector by storm. Twenty-one-year-old Jaylen Bledsoe started Bledsoe Global Group at the age of 13, and his business has since boomed into a multimillion-dollar company.

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HUBZone News

The SBA issued a direct final rule that will allow governors to seek HUBZone designation for certain rural areas, including Opportunity Zones. This expansion of HUBZone areas will provide a valuable resource to small businesses in underserved communities to foster economic development and job creation – creating a pathway to the middle class for the residents of distressed areas. 

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National Small Business Week Awards. More information at sba.gov/nsbw

Get Your Nomination in Today

Don’t be shy, we want you to brag. The SBA is accepting nominations for its 2020 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year. Tell us your story for a chance to receive one of the nation’s highest honors for small business achievement.

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Protect Your Small Business from Cybercrime

Did you know that 43 percent of cybercrime around the world is targeted at small businesses? The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has created Cyber Essentials, a guide which includes cybersecurity best practices for small businesses.   

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Jamie Stillman and Julie Robbins, owners of EarthQuaker Devices

Get Inspired: Small Business Success Story

Meet the entrepreneurs who help guitarists rock! Jamie Stillman and Julie Robbins, owners of EarthQuaker Devices, started their guitar special effects pedal business in a basement. Since then, the Akron, Ohio-based business has moved into a renovated two-story 15,000 sq. ft. building, where more than 57 employees make and distribute products to 47 countries around the world.

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10 Tips for Small Business Saturday Success

For millions of small businesses across the United States, it’s getting close to the most wonderful time of the year: Small Business Saturday! Celebrated two days after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday is a way for consumers to usher in the busy holiday shopping season and make an impact in their community by supporting independently owned businesses.

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