Feb 13 2020

SBA Connecticut's February Newsletter 2020

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Connectict District Office  - February 2020

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Jovita Carranza confirmed 26th Administrator of the SBA!

SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza

Jovita Carranza now serves as the 26th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Administrator Carranza will lead the only federal agency exclusively dedicated to assisting small business owners and entrepreneurs in starting, growing, and expanding their businesses. Additionally, the SBA provides targeted recovery support in the event of a declared disaster.

This is Administrator Carranza’s second tenure at the SBA. She served in the George W. Bush Administration as Deputy Administrator, from 2006-2009. The President nominated Administrator Carranza to lead the SBA while she was serving as the 44th Treasurer of the United States. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a strong bipartisan vote of 88-5.

“I want to thank the President for his confidence in me to be an advocate in the Cabinet for our country’s 30 million small businesses, and I want to express my sincere gratitude to the U.S. Senate for confirming me in a bipartisan fashion,” Administrator Carranza said. “I look forward to helping elevate female entrepreneurs and our military veterans, expanding access to SBA resources among entrepreneurs in disadvantaged communities, and continuing to prioritize disaster relief.” “I would like to thank former Administrator Linda McMahon for her leadership at the SBA, and the dedicated professionals at the Agency during this transition,” said Administrator Carranza.

Administrator Carranza’s experience includes a remarkable 30-year career with United Parcel Service, where she began as an hourly dock worker, rose to oversee operations in Latin America and the Caribbean, and ultimately retired as the highest-ranking Latina in the company’s history.

State Trade Expansion Program

State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)

Recently, the SBA announced a funding opportunity through the State Trade Expansion Program. This  
grant provides opportunities for small businesses
to take their businesses global.

The purpose of the grant opportunity is to invite proposals for funding from eligible state entities interested in, and capable of providing assistance, guidance and tools to qualified small businesses looking to engage in export-related activities. 
Funding Opportunity Announcement No. OIT-STEP-2020-01 is for fiscal year 2020 and the submission period is from February 6, 2020 – April 7, 2020. Proposals responding to this Funding Opportunity Announcement must be posted to grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. (EDT), April 7, 2020. No other method of submission will be permitted. Proposals submitted after the stipulated deadline will be rejected without being evaluated. For more info. on submission guidelines and rules for this funding opportunity, please visit: https://www.grants.gov.

Opportunity Zones Program in CT

Opportunity Zones

In Connecticut seventy-two urban and suburban areas have been federally designated as Opportunity Zones! Connecticut’s state government and its 27 municipalities with designated Opportunity Zones are eager to leverage this program to encourage investments in Connecticut. We are committed to helping developers, investors and communities alike to maximize the benefits of this program.

OpportunityZones.gov will serve as a hub of information for the array of audiences that work with the Opportunity Zone initiative.  Opportunity Zone residents, State and local leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs can all utilize the website to get information about the latest actions of President Trump’s White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council. The Opportunity Zone website includes:

An interactive map of the 8,764 Opportunity Zones nationwide
• Links to the Opportunity Zone-focused website of each state and territory;
• Comprehensive Federal tools and resources that support Opportunity Zone residents and complement Qualified Opportunity Fund investments; and
• The completed action items of each White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council member agency.

For more info. on Opportunity Zones visit https://www.CTOpportunityZones.com or call (860) 500-2425 or cowlis.andrews@ct.gov.

Black History Month, National African American History Month

In honor of Black History Month join us in celebrating:

Entrepreneurship in Our Community - February 26, 2020

This free workshop will lay the groundwork for small, minority and women-owned businesses, prospective business owners and residents interested in expanding their business, technical assistance, access to capital, contracting and more.  Ask questions, meet the speakers and how and where to find additional small business support and educational resources within your community. 

Place: Burroughs Community Center, 2470 Fairfield Ave. Bridgeport, CT

RSVP: (855) 856-1791 or sbcc.business1@gmail.com

Hosted by: The Southern Connecticut Black Chamber of Commerce, SBA & BPT-OIC, Inc.,

Educational Trainings & Resources

score live webinars

Expand Your Reach with Office 365     Business Premium

Office 365 Business Premium delivers best-in-class productivity with services designed especially for small and medium-sized businesses.

In this workshop, you'll learn how you can use Office 365 Business Premium to work from anywhere, safeguard your business, and work better together using unique services such as Outlook Customer Manager, Microsoft Bookings, Microsoft Teams, and trusted applications such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Exchange. 

When: February 13, 3020

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Where: Microsoft Store, Westfarms Mall

Register: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egvp517c0fc9da2b&oseq=&c=79323fd0-ddcc-11e3-a9c9-d4ae52844390&ch=6a074400-4a7c-11e6-9381-d4ae528442b5.

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: A Six-Part Series Part 1: Self-Assessment/Business Plan:

Want to start a business but don't know where to begin? This workshop series, conducted by a team of professionals from SCORE's Fairfield and Western Connecticut Chapters, will give you the boost to get you on your way! In Part 1 of this six-part series, learn about the risks and rewards of starting a business in today's competitive marketplace. The traits of successful entrepreneurs will be discussed for the purpose of assessing one's inate and acquired ability to start and manage a successful business.

When: February 18, 2020

Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Where: Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Ridgefield, CT

Register: https://www.sba.gov/event/1653360


How to Use QuickBooks to Manage Business Finances

You have started your own business, and you have bills to pay, customer sales to track, and taxes to file. If you have turned to QuickBooks™ for help, and need help using the program, this workshop is for you.

When: February 20, 2020

Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Where: Westbrook Public Library, 61 Goodspeed Dr. Westbrook, CT

Register: https://www.sba.gov/event/1655254


For a complete listing please visit: https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/ct/hartford



WBC hosts: Lean Canvas, HR Fundamentals, Google Search & more:

Business Planning Build Your Lean Canvas

Tuesday, February 18; 9:30—11:30am
Free workshop
Location: East Hartford

Build your own lean canvas during this dynamic and interactive workshop. Lean canvases are actionable one-page business plans that will help you focus on next steps, whether you are in startup phase or already have a company.

Lunch and Learn: HR Fundamentals for Small Business Owners
Thursday, February 20; 12—1:30pm
Free workshop
Location: East Hartford

Learn about the importance of Human Resources (HR) and its role in helping a business to achieve its goals and strategic objectives. Our presenter, Lisa O'Connor of Human Resources Pro Re Nata, will share her expertise on employee recruitment and retention, employment laws and compliance, employee engagement, performance management, and HR mistakes to avoid. Bring your own lunch.


Get Your Business into the Google Search
Monday, February 24; 10am—12pm
Free workshop
Location: East Hartford

Learn how to optimize and manage your Google My Business (GMB) listing so potential customers can find you in local search results. We’ll cover how to optimize and manage your account, use tools on the GMB dashboard, and apply best content marketing practices.


DAS Small Business Enterprise Certification Clinic
Wednesday, February 19; 1—3:30 pm
Free: registration required
Location: The MDC Training Center, 125 Maxim Road, Hartford, CT

The Metropolitan District (MDC), in partnership with the CT Department of Administration Services (DAS) & the Entrepreneurial Center & Women's Business Center, will host a hands-on clinic to renew and or complete DAS certification. Register by contacting: meg.yetishefsky@ct.gov, 860.713.5236



Strategic Planning Tools for High-Growth Companies, Parts 1 & 2
Friday, February 21 & 28; 9am—2pm
Fee: $695 per company team up to 3
Location: East Hartford 

Small companies face a daunting path to success – competitors large and small, ever-changing market dynamics, and rapidly-shifting customer requirements. This workshop, a two-part series designed for small corporate C-level teams, will provide participants with the tools necessary to conduct a high-impact strategic evaluation of companies poised for significant growth.

Workshop participants will be able to:
• Evaluate current market challenges and competitive threats and anticipate potential future market scenarios
• Evaluate current corporate strengths, weaknesses, and performance gaps
• Develop strategic initiatives to exploit market opportunities and respond to the voice of the customer
• Create a system to implement and monitor performance goals

For more information on any of these workshops or to register please visit: https://www.hartford.edu/wbc


WBDC hosts February Trainings & Workshops in Naugatuck Valley, New London and Stamford


Business Concept Clinic: 6-Part Series - Feb. 13

Business Counseling Day: Feb.  18, 19, 26

Growing Your Biz w/Government Contracting: Feb. 20

Instagram Counseling Day: - Feb. 13

QuickBooks Counseling Day: - Feb. 13

So You Want to Start A New Business: - Feb. 19

For more info on times and locations please visit:



Small Business Week 2020

National Small Business Week Awards. Hashtag #SmallBusinessWeek

Fairfield County SCORE to host Small Business Week 2020!!

Fairfield County SCORE is slated to host SBA's Small Business Week  Awards Luncheon, May 7, 2020.

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

In Connecticut ten small businesses will be highlighted for their critical contributions to our economy and for job creation.  Stay tuned for more details and to RSVP......