Nov 27 2019

SBA Tennessee Celebrates Small Business Saturday 11/30!


Tennessee District Office -Special Edition

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Small Business Saturday


SBA District Director's Corner

by LaTanya Channel, Tennessee Director


Happy Thanksgiving to all!

 We are most thankful for our amazing small businesses, our great partners, and our clients across Tennessee. Please take some time to review the upcoming trainings and webinars listed in this newsletter over the holidays. And don't forget that the SBA Tennessee District Office is accepting nominations for Small Business Week Awards due on January 7, 2020, for national awards and on February 3, 2020, for state awards. For more information, please visit here

Hope to see you at a small business event soon!


SBA Tennessee District Office Serving Lenders and Small Businesses in Memphis:

Denson Addressed Risk Management Association Meeting and Terrell Discussed the Advantages of Government Contracting with Small Businesses 



On November 6, the Memphis Chapter of the Risk Management Association held a membership luncheon at Clark Tower in Memphis. Lisa Denson, Lender Relations Specialist for the SBA Tennessee District Office, addressed the group, which included banks, credit unions and non-bank lenders. The focus of the program was to highlight the benefits of SBA’s programs to financial institutions. Denson outlined how SBA’s programs can be used to reduce risk and expand profits in the bank’s portfolio.


Also, in November, Eric Terrell, SBA Memphis Senior Area Manager, presented a deep dive on the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program to Memphis area small businesses at an event hosted by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Southwest Tennessee Community College. The 8(a) Program provides small businesses with the ability to compete for set aside and sole-source federal government contracts. This event was a part of the Tennessee District Office's effort to Drive 8(a) participation across the state. 


Upcoming Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

Virtual Entrepreneurship Program (VEP)

The LaunchTN VEP is an adult education initiative for entrepreneurs and people interested in entrepreneurial careers in Tennessee.  VEP101 and VEP102 are virtual, self-paced, six-month courses. Each curriculum teaches innovative entrepreneurship in more than 17 hours of video lessons, organized in modules.

For more information and to register, click here

7(j) Management and Technical Assistance Training-Federal Market Acceleration Program:

 FedMAP™ uses a hands-on approach guided by an experienced Capture Coach that takes participants through
the entire process of developing and implementing a
Capture Strategy Plan using a real-life contract opportunity
that's specific to each participating company with the goal of
helping you win the contract.

For more information and to register, click here

SBIR/STTR Workshop with the U.S. Navy: 

Workshop participants will:explore new SBIR guidelines; learn how your ideas or capabilities may qualify for an investment by the U.S. Navy; and meet one-on-one with Naval representatives. This event is hosted by Launch Tennessee.

For more information and to register, click here

Substance Use Disorder, Rural Transportation, Funding and Recovery Workshop:

This event is being hosted by the University of Tennessee; U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services - Region 4; National Rural Transit Assistance Program and the Office of National Drug Control Policy

Where: University of Tennessee – Student Union, 1502 Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996 

When: Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm EST

RSVP: If you would like to attend, R.S.V.P. by sending an email to Cherrie Edwards (Cherrie.Edwards@samhsa.hhs.gov) and Betty-Ann Bryce (Betty-Ann.M.Bryce@ondcp.eop.gov).

Upcoming 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance Online Trainings for Contractors:

• Introduction to Managing Government Construction Projects
December 4, 2019
1:00—4:00 pm EST

• Tools for Construction Project Managers
December 5, 2019
1:00—4:00 pm SDT

• Federal Contracting Basics
December 9, 2019
1:00—4:00 p.m. EST

• Understanding Requests for Proposal (RFP)
December 10, 2019
1:00—3:30 p.m. EST

 Developing Technical and Past Performance Proposals

December 11, 2019
1:00—4:00 p.m. EST

 Developing the Cost Proposal
December 12, 2019
1:00—4:00 p.m. EST

 Managing and Administrating Government Contracts

December 16, 2019
1:00—4:00 p.m. EST

 Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Primer

December 17, 2019
1:00—5:00 p.m. EST

For more information and to register, click here

Upcoming 8(a) Virtual Events:

Prime Contracting

December 3, 2019
3:00—4:00 p.m. EST

How to do business with the Federal Government and Win Contracts as an 8(a) Certified Firm

December 4, 2019
4:00-5:00 p.m. EST

Capabilities Statements and Briefings

December 11, 2019
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.EST

How to Market to the Federal Government as a "Small Business Concern

December 12, 2019
1:00 -2:00 p.m.EST

For more information and to register, click here

Get in the Game with Government Contracting and Surety Bonds: Come hear about how to get positioned for federal, state, and local government contracting as well as other purchasing activities. For projects requiring bonding, learn about surety bond options through the SBA. 

Where:Knoxville Area Urban League,1514 East 5th Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917

When: April 28, 2020

Time: 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. EST

For more information and to register, click here



National Small Business Week Awards, submit your nomination.

2020 National Small Business Week will be celebrated May 3-9, 2020. Each year since 1963, the President of the United States has designated a National Small Business Week. The highlight of Small Business Week activities is honoring entrepreneurs across the nation and the presentation of awards at the state and national levels.

Do you know the 2020 SBA Tennessee Small Business Person of the Year?  Is it YOU?

SBA is now accepting nominations for its Small Business Week 2020 Awards, including the Small Business Person of the Year. For more information on national award guidelines and nomination forms for national awards, click here.


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