Jan 04 2021

SBA District Office Education Calendar| January 2021

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Happy New Year 2021


For small businesses across America, 2020 was one of the most challenging years in history. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to stand ready to support small businesses impacted by the pandemic with educational resources and financial relief. The SBA also has your back if you are thinking about starting a business in 2021. Click here to learn what four things you can do to get your business off the ground. 

SBA Resources


Map out your future small business plans in 2021 and beyond with business mentoring, counseling, and training from SBA resource partners at no cost to you. Find a America's SBDC Small Business Development Center, SCORE Mentors chapter, Association of Women's Business Centers, or Veterans Business Outreach Center near you.

Workshops and Events

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SBA Trade Finance/STEP

Jan 6 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Webinar | Register Now

The webinar will provide information about trade financing opportunities! We live in a trade-driven economy involving nearly 60% of the world. Trade/exporting provides numerous benefits and growth opportunities for small businesses. Learn how these programs can take your business beyond the borders where 95% of their customers reside!

SBA Woman Owned Small Business Program (WOSB)

Jan 7 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am | Webinar | Register Now 

Join us for an overview of the SBA's Women Owned and Economically Disadvantage Women Owned Small Businesses (WOSB/EDWOSB) Federal Contracting Certification Program. This one hour informative session will be presented by Don Owens, Business Opportunity Specialist.

SBA Mentor/Protégé Program 

Jan 14 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am | Webinar | Register Now 

Join us for an overview of the SBA's Mentor-Protégé Program for businesses with a proposed mentor and industry experience .Mentors and protégés in the All Small program can form joint ventures. These joint ventures would qualify for set-aside contracts that the small business is eligible for, including contracts set aside for veteran-owned, women-owned, and HUBZone businesses. This one hour informative session will be presented by Theresa Scott, Lead Business Opportunity Specialist.

SBA/USDA Funding Programs

Jan 14 | 10:00 am - 12:00 PM | Webinar | Register Now 

In this webinar Annie Hudspeth, SBA Lender Relations Specialist will cover SBA loan programs and Guadalupe Valdes with USDA will cover the USDA loan programs.

  • USDA Business & Industry Loans
  • USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grants for Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement
  • SBA 7(a) and 504 Loans for Rural Businesses
  • Ways that you can use SBA and USDA loan programs together to assist your business customers.


COVID Business Resource Hour

Jan 14 & 21 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Online Event | Register Now

Join Dr. Shantana Robinson (Dr. Bridge Builder) on Thursday as she answers COVID-19 business related questions. This business growth happy hour can assist you with navigating your business through this pandemic!

Developing a Business Plan

Jan 27 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Webinar | Register Now

In this workshop, business owners will learn the seven parts of a good business plan and what to consider when writing a business plan. At the end of the workshop, business owners will have a blueprint or first draft of a business plan.

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Four Digital Marketing Strategies That Improve your Google Ranking

Jan 5 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Webinar | Register Now

In this workshop you will learn about the top four strategies that impact your Google ranking, including the importance of having your business show up in local search results and how you can leverage online reviews to attract more customers.  You can use different types of paid ad strategies to get in front of more of your targeted customers. 

Simplifying QuickBooks

Jan 13 | 10:00 pm - 11:30 am | Webinar | Register Now

 In this basic introduction, you will see how the user interface works. The different versions of QuickBooks will be compared, so you can make the choice that best meets your needs. You will be prepared for free, one-on-one sessions with a SCORE mentor to help your set up your company in QuickBooks, begin the data entry process, and generate your financial reports. Supporting the presentation are several short video tutorials using the online version of Quickbooks. There is time allowed for discussion and answering questions.  This is not a hands-on workshop, so a computer is not needed.

Using Project Management Techniques and Tools

Jan 20 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Webinar | Register Now

In this workshop you will learn how to apply project management tools and techniques to small business projects and to manage your business as a series of successful projects. You will learn that a work breakdown structure is simply taking business milestones and breaking them down into the tasks required to reach each milestone.

Financiamiento Para Pequeñas Empresas

Jan 27 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm | Webinar | Register Now

Aprenda como manejar el flujo de efectivo y el crédito para su negocio. Ryan define tres tipos de flujo de efectivo y  los posibles préstamos para satisfacer sus necesidades de su negocio. 



Doing Business with CPS, VIA, SAWS, and SCTRCA

Jan 7 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Webinar | Register Now

UTSA SBDC Center for Government Contracting will share information on services and training they provide through the 38 counties they service. Learn how to become a vendor with SAWS, CPS and VIA. VIA will also give an overview of their Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program and how to use our Diversity Compliance Reporting System to register as a vendor and to look for contracting opportunities. Attendees will also Learn how to register online for SMWVBE and DBE, ACDBE Certifications through the SCTRCA.  

Business and Taxes

Jan 8 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Webinar | Register Now

In this no-cost webinar, we will have a discussion on the following topics 

  • What's IRS opinion on Business vs. Hobby 
  • Tax Return Impact 
  • Deductions, Form requirement

Our training speaker will be : Clark Nussbaum

Employee to Entrepreneur

Jan 12 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Webinar | Register Now

Join Frannet and the UTSA SBDC for this webinar. Presented by FranNet Franchise,E2E: How to Reduce Risk When Starting a Business covers building a new roadmap to success, reducing risk in ownership, business ownerships options, along with takeaways and resources during the pandemic. 

Overcoming Small Business Challenges During COVID

Jan 20 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Webinar | Register Now

Expense Control – Understanding how to adjust your operating expense, Learn how to calculate and use the cash conversion cycle and how to build a cash leak map in your company.

Understanding employees’ issues - Discussion on making staff adjustments, Learn a couple of staffing calculations to right size your team and a discussion on how to prepare or avoid the last day

Access to money - How to deal with your banker – Learn the calculations that matter to your banker. Discussion on the PPP loan program and using the funds

Adapting to new limitations - Discussion on ways to get more done with less cost and Changing your business model to thrive today

Ask a UTSA SBDC Business Advisor 

Jan 25 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am | Online | Register Now

You have questions? Our UTSA SBDC advisors have answers. This webinar is an opportunity to ask the questions you have about starting, growing, financing, pivoting, selling your business and more. Discussion will also include COVID-19 resources. Your questions can be submitted prior to the webinar by sending them to: sbdcworkshop@utsa.edu with the Subject Line: "Ask a UTSA SBDC Business Advisor" 

Business Insurance 101

Jan 28 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Webinar | Register Now

Join the UTSA Small Business Development Center and Fernando Almendariz, Almendariz Insurance for this webinar. An informative look into commercial insurance and how it relates to the small business owner. Examples of pitfalls and how preventative measures minimize risk. By identifying one’s exposure, one can safeguard against mishaps. 

Boots to Business (B2B) is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program (TAP).  Active Duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve), Veterans of all eras, and spouses are eligible to participate.

The “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” course is the foundational piece of Boots to Business (B2B). Participants are introduced to the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to launch a business, including steps for developing business concepts, how to develop a business plan, and information on SBA resources available to help. 

Next Boots to Business class will be held online:

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After completing the “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” course, participants can elect to further their study through one of many B2B online courses, delivered through partnerships with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University and Mississippi State University (MSU). Online Follow-on courses are offered at no cost to Service members, Veterans and military spouses. 

2020 SADO Resource Guide


Small Business Resource Guide 

You'll find information on counseling, training, capital, contracting, disaster assistance, business advocacy, local directories and more. 



** On the cover is Local Success Story Jae Kim who launched Chi'Lantro in Austin and has expanded thanks to expert SBA-powered business guidance.


Click on the photo to view our digital resource guide!