Jul 27 2017

7(j) Two-Day Workshop: Marketing Strategies and Financial Capacity Analysis

Puerto Rico & USVI District Office

7(j) Two-Day Workshop: Marketing Strategies and Financial Capacity Analysis

Weds., August 23 and Thurs., August 24

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Women and men meeting around table Marketing Strategies
Best practices for marketing services to the federal government
Creating capabilities statements and other marketing materials
Networking tips and the corporate elevator pitch
Strategies for marketing to target egencies

Financial Capacity Analysis

Annual budgeting process
Creating and reconciling profit/loss statements
Determining resources needed to pursue opportunities
Checklist for determining financial health and stability
Processes, policies, and procedures that support financial capacity
Managing and expanding your company's financial capacity

Jul 26 2017

Upcoming Training and Events - July and August

SBA Los Angeles District Office

Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 27:

Forms of Ownership (10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.)

Friday, July 28:

State Labor Law and Payroll Tax Seminar (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m)

Wednesday, August 2:

Straight Talk on 8(a) Business Development Program (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.); Toll Free: 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633; Participant Access Code: 0380927#

Saturday, August 5 and 12:

Reboot to Business (2 day Course) (8:30 a.m.)

Thursday, August 10:

8(a) Business Development Program Work Shop (9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)
HUBZone Program Work Shop (10:15a.m. - 11:15 a.m)

Friday, August 18:

5th Annual Faith-Based Small Business Summit (8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
How to Finance Your Business (2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Thursday, August 24:

The L.A. Community Advantage and Microloan Conference (8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.). Please contact lado@sba.gov for more information. This event is open to community financing institutions interested in learning about the SBA's Community Advantage and Microloan Programs.

Please find a full calendar of these events on the SBA's Los Angeles District Office Website

SBA's participation or support is not an endorsement of any products, services, or entities.


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Jul 26 2017

NH Small Biz Solutions Webinars Start on 3rd Tuesday in August

SBA New Hampshire District Office

NH Small Biz Solutions Webinars Start on 3rd Tuesday in August 

Small Business Solutions
Free Webinars Every Month on Topics of Interest to Small Business
Held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

“Hiring Strategies in a Tight Labor Market”

 Presented by:  

NH Employment Security

Tuesday, August 15th from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

This FREE webinar will provide an opportunity to hear directly from a specialist at the NH Employment Security office about how they can assist NH employers with hiring challenges.

To join the webinar:

Click here:  https://connect16.uc.att.com/sba/meet/?ExEventID=87597705 

When prompted, enter the meeting access code:  7597705# When asked how you would like to join, click on “join as web participant” When asked to join the audio portion (this will be via telephone), click “call me” and enter your phone number.  The system will automatically call you and you can quickly join the call.

Please email rachael.roderick@sba.gov  with any questions.

Coming Soon Tuesday, September 19th  “Selling Your Business?  How to Plan for Succession” Tuesday, October 17th “Unlocking the Secrets To Cyber Security:  
A Layered Approach to Protecting Your Business”
Topics For Future Months to be Announced Soon!

Jul 24 2017

Discover How to Sell Your Product or Service to the Federal Government: Free Seminar to be Held at the Cuyahoga County Public Library: Warrensville Heights Branch on July 26

SBA Cleveland District Office 

Discover How to Sell Your Product or Service to the Federal Government: Free Seminar to be Held at the Cuyahoga County Public Library: Warrensville Heights Branch on July 26

U.S. Flag Each year, our government spends billions of dollars in goods and services purchases from private firms.  The SBA works to create an environment for maximum participation by small, disadvantaged, and woman-owned businesses in federal government contract awards and large prime subcontract awards. SBA administers several programs and services that assist small businesses in meeting the requirements to receive government contracts, either as prime contractors or subcontractors.  These include the 8(a) Business Development Program, SAM, HUBZone Program and SUB-Net.  Find out how these programs can help your business.  

Date: July 26, 2017: 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Location: 4415 Northfield Road, Warrensville Hts.  44134

Conference Room A

This session is free but registrations are required:

Jul 24 2017

5th Annual Bootstraps to Business Veteran-Owned Small Business Conference

Louisiana District Office

5th Annual Bootstraps to Business Veteran-Owned Small Business Conference

Veterans Campaign

Sponsored by SBA, LSBDC and SCORE

Thursday, July 27th, 2017  9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

American Red Cross

4655 Sherwood Common Blvd. 

Baton Rouge , LA 70816

    SBA, LSBDC and SCORE will sponsor  " 5th Annual Bootstraps 2 Business Veteran-Owned Small Business Conference ”  Thursday, July 27, 2017  from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Networking Opportunity to meet Contracting Officers and Purchasing Agents

                                         Tips for Success

Learn about:

–Registering with Red Cross Supplier Diversity Program

– Building a successful business from other Veterans

-Gain additional knowledge about business taxes

-Developing a Strong Proposal



For additional information, please contact:

The Southern University Small Business Development Center at (225) 771-2891


Jul 24 2017

Need a business game plan? Meet your coaches at our FREE July 25 workshop

SBA Pittsburgh District Office

Need a business game plan?
Meet your coaches at our FREE July 25 workshop

If you’re a business owner interested in strategizing for success, you’ll want to join SBA and Pittsburgh SCORE for our three-part forum focusing on opportunities to better both your business and sales. Our first track discusses the basics of strategic planning helping you focus on leveraging your market advantage.

WHAT:  Strategic Business Planning Forum

DATE:  July 25

TIME: 1-3:00 p.m. EST

LOCATION:  Hotel Indigo, 123 N. Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15206

 Click Here to Register

Jul 21 2017

SBA VT Newsletter July 20, 2017

SBA VT District Office

SBA VT Newsletter July 20, 2017

Do Business With Private Sector & Federal Government Workshop August 2

cweThe Center for Women and Enterprise, also known as the Vermont Women’s Business Center, is hosting a Doing Business with the Private Sector & Federal Government workshop from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 2 at the CWE, 431 Pine Street, Suite 101, in Burlington.

The U.S. government is the world's largest buyer of products and services. Federal agencies have a statutory goal of awarding 5 percent of federal contracting dollars to certified women-owned businesses. Many private corporations also have spending goals for women-owned businesses. A panel of contracting professionals will explain where to look for government & private sector opportunities, what government agencies and corporations look for and how they work, the process for getting certified to secure contracts, and the difference between certain certifications, and how you can leverage them to grow a business.

Registration is $25. To register, visit here.

For more information, email info.vermont@cweonline.org or call 802-391-4871.

Exploring Business Ownership Webinar August 2

Jul 21 2017

Connecticut's July District Office News

Connecticut's July District Office News

Brought to you by the U.S. Small Business Administration
Summer Biz

SBA "Ignite tour" Blazes Across the Country!

SBA AdministratorAdministrator Linda McMahon, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, recently announced the SBA Ignite Tour—a national outreach campaign aimed at fueling small businesses with tools and resources to grow their companies and create more American jobs. McMahon will tour more than 60 cities in two years.

Throughout the tour McMahon will be listening to entrepreneurs, small business owners and community leaders about tax reform, regulation and access to capital; educating small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs about SBA products and services that can help them succeed; advocating for small business and being the VOICE of small business in Washington, D.C.; and encouraging small businesses to continue driving economic growth by creating jobs and helping the economy thrive.

‘The mission of the SBA is to help small businesses grow, create jobs and help our economy thrive. Over the next two years, I will literally be on the move,” McMahon said.  “I want to get to know small business owners and entrepreneurs across America and learn about the obstacles they face while growing a business. I also want to encourage entrepreneurs to tap into SBA resources for start-up and growth solutions.”  The Ignite Tour launched Salt Lake City on June 21. Additional cities this summer include: Pittsburgh, Puerto Rico, Seattle, Portland, Anchorage, Detroit, Milwaukee.  Please join the conversation at #SBAIgniteTour. 

Business smart Toolkit

Entrepreneurship in 3 Easy Steps: READY, SET GO!

This workshop series lays the groundwork for helping new and aspiring entrepreneurs launch a business idea and understand the steps to building a business that is credit ready.  The information is laid out simply in three modules.  Come to all three or attend the one that fits your needs.  The three modules focus on:

7/13 - READY: Basics of Business Startup:  (Covers what you need to consider and prepare for in the early stages)

7/20 - SET: Essentials of becoming credit-ready (Presenter from TD Bank - Where to get money; five C’s of Credit; how to prepare a business loan application)

7/27 - GO: How and where to find additional small business support and educational resources. (SBA District Office, SCORE, SBDC, Women Business Centers, Veteran’s Centers)

3 Sessions from 6:00PM to 7:00PM   

PLACE: Meriden Public Library, 105 Miller St. Meriden, CT 06451

RSVP: r.ford@midstatechamber.com or (203) 235-7901 

The WBDC Providing Loans for Starts-Ups 

WBDCThe Women's Business Development Council provides loans up to $10,000 to help start or grow a business. It can be used for such things as working capital, new hires, furniture, inventory, supplies, equipment and/or machinery. The Women's Business Development Capital microloan fund offers flexible guidelines to help businesses build better credit and improve their attractiveness to traditional lenders.  For more information and to learn more, call 203-751-9550 or visit www.ctwbdc.org.

Surety Bond Guarantee Program

Surety Bonds graphic
Date: July 24, 2017 

Date: 11:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT

Address: This is an online event

Organization:U.S. Small Business Administration New England District Office

RSVP: Rachael Roderick rachael.roderick@sba.gov

The U.S Small Business Administration's Surety Bond Guarantee Bond Program can help your small business obtain contract bid, performance and payment bonds! Please join us if your small business has...*Limited Financial Resources *No Prior Bonded Work Experience* Been In Business Less Than Three Years *Been Previously Denied Bonding *Desire to Increase It's Current Contract Bonding Capacity. Join us for an AT&T Connect Webinar discussing...Contract Bonds: What they are & Why they are required * Potential bonding capacity *Ways to maximize your surety credit. SBA's Surety Bond Guarantee Program: Contract bond guarantees up to $6.5 million *The SBA Advantage *Costs & Getting Started**Registration not required. Access the webinar 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. Dial 888-844-9904 & enter meeting code 7521501# to connect by phone only. Presentation is not viewable in phone only mode.

 ***Presenter Jennifer Bledsoe - Underwriting Marketing Specialist.

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CT Lender of the Quarter Award

3rd Quarter 2017 - Farmington Bank SBA is pleased to present the Lender of the Quarter Award, for the 3rd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2017, to Farmington Bank. In recognition of their excellent SBA activity for the quarter. During the 3rd quarter (5-1-2017 – 6-30-2017) Farmington Bank had 13 SBA loan approvals, for a total of 37 loans for the fiscal year. At this point last year, Farmington Bank had 23 loan approvals. Currently, Farmington Bank is Connecticut SBA’s 4th most active lender. Congratulations to Farmington Bank!

Recent SBA Lending Activity

A comparison of lending through months ending June 2016/2017:  7(a) lending is down by 6 loans or 1%; but up in loans by $11,837,100 or 8%. 504 lending is also up by 12 loans or 32% and also up in dollars approved by $516,000 or 2%. The good news continues with Micro Lending up by 10 loans or 37% . Dollars too are up in Micro lending by $53,015 or 7%! For more info please visit:  htttp://sba.gov/ct

Jul 21 2017

Small Business Meetup - Katy (Energy Corridor)

SBA Houston District Office

Small Business Meetup - Katy (Energy Corridor)


Eager to start a business or grow your existing business? Have questions? The Director of the US Small Business Administration will be available 8:30am-10:00am to answer your questions. SBA programs and resources can help you succeed!!

WHEN:          Thursday, July 20, 2017 FROM 8:30 am - 10:00 am

WHERE:        Cafe Express in Katy

                        1111 Eldridge Parkway 

                        Houston TX 77077

 This is a free meeting, However, Seating is limited and Registration is required!

FREE but registration is limited and required!

Jul 20 2017

SBA Programs & Resources Entrepreneurial Workshop

SBA Dallas/Fort Worth District Office

SBA Programs & Resources Entrepreneurial Workshop

The SBA Dallas/Fort Worth District Office will host an SBA Programs & Resources Entrepreneurial Workshop on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  This free workshop will be held at the SBA Dallas/Fort Worth District Office located at 4300 Amon Carter Blvd., Suite 114, Fort Worth, Texas 76155.

At this workshop, attendees will:

• Gain a basic understanding of the key steps to getting their business off the ground

• Learn about the various financing options available

• Learn what banks look for when lending money

• Learn about the local resources available to assist them in starting and growing their small business

• And much more!

Please click here to register for this event!