Jan 05 2017

SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative Helps Entrepreneurs Grow and Succeed sign up today !!!

If you’re looking for a solution on how to grow your small business in 2017, the SBA may have the answer.

Recruitment for the SBA’s Emerging Leaders 2017 training cycle is now underway at selected and we’re looking for interested small businesses.Since 2008, Emerging Leaders has trained more than 4,000 promising small business owners in underserved communities, and continues its impact in helping small business owners grow and create jobs.

How Emerging Leaders Works: Emerging Leaders is a FREE executive-level training program that provides tools and resources to help underserved small companies to sustain and grow. Now in its ninth year, Emerging Leaders is an intensive entrepreneurship education series for small businesses that have the potential for quick growth and job creation. The initiative has been a change-maker in increasing opportunities for underserved communities, and it provides participating businesses with an organizational framework, as well as a resource network, that helps to form sustainable companies and promote economic development within urban and rural communities.

Sessions are usually held in the evenings, on a bi-weekly basis. Participants commit approximately 40 hours of in-class time, divided over 13 in-person sessions. Participants will also spend at least 12 hours over the course of the curriculum in self-directed CEO mentoring groups. All instructional in-class sessions, CEO Mentoring Groups and session preparation are interconnected and of equal importance. In total, each participant can expect to commit approximately 100 hours to analyzing their business and planning for growth.

What Emerging Leaders Can Do for You: The benefits of the training series are well documented by the hundreds of entrepreneurs around the country. The initiatives success is highlighted in these numbers. Graduates of Emerging Leaders have reported:

• $17 million in new financing.

• Nearly 70 percent saw revenue growth.

• Over 80 percent created new jobs or retained all existing jobs.

• Over $700 million secured in federal, state, local, tribal and corporate contract awards.

Jan 04 2017

2017 - January SBA Procurement Resources Orientation Webinars

SBA Procurement Resources Orientation Webinar

What is the 8(a) Business Development Program?
The SBA administers this business assistance program for socially and economically disadvantaged businesses who want to access the federal procurement market.

The 8(a) Business Development Program helps small businesses gain a foothold in government contracting. Upon enrollment in this program, firms receive help with finding contracts, proposal preparation and contract administration.

What are the basic requirements for this program?
The applicant must be a small business, unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are U.S. citizens, been in business for at least two years and demonstrates a potential for success.

What is the HUBZone Program?
The Historically Underutilized Business Zone Program stimulates economic development and creates jobs in urban and rural communities by providing federal contracting assistance to small businesses. Requirements: Firm must be located in designated HUBZone to qualify and at least 35% of its employees must reside in a HUBZone.

What is the WOSB Federal Contract Program?
The SBA administers federal contracting opportunities for women-owned small business (WOSB) and economically disadvantaged women-owned small business (EDWOSB). The Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program authorizes contracting officers to set aside certain federal contracts.

Jan 03 2017

Looking for Financing for Your Business in the New Year?

Want to start or expand a business and need funding but, don’t know where to go for financing?


Connecting Borrowers with SBA Approved Lenders

•Step ONE - Answer a few questions about your business
• StepTWO - Hear from SBA Lenders within 2 business days
• StepTHREE - Receive information on free and low-cost training options



Dec 30 2016

Correction: Join us January 18th for an SBA Day and Lenders Fair (Alpine, CA)

Please share this event with family and friends!

The SBA San Diego District Office and the Alpine Chamber of Commerce are hosting an SBA Day event and Lender Fair on Wednesday, January 18th.

Presentations include:

•California Small Business Permits and Taxes
Presented by a representative from the California Board of Equalization

•Insurance for Your Small Business

•Tips to Protect Your Business from Cyber Criminals

•Introduction to Government Contracting

•How Our Resource Partners May Help You Succeed in Your Business
Presented by representatives from: SCORE, the Small Business Development Center, the Veteran's Business Outreach Center, and more.

•How Our Local Lenders May Help You Finance Your Business

Dec 29 2016

Rhode Island Small Business Seminars and Trainings for January 2 - January 15

Upcoming Rhode Island Small Business Seminars and Trainings

Monday, January 9

Is Entrepreneurship Right for You?
(Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 5:30 – 7:30pm and is free of charge. To register, visit www.cweonline.org , or call 401-277-0800):

Explore entrepreneurship and small business ownership in this information session, to help decide whether starting your own business is right for you.

During this workshop, you will:
• Learn about the common traits and characteristics of entrepreneurs
• Identify the risks and rewards of self-employment
• Conduct a self-assessment that will help you decide if business ownership is right for you
• Discuss the importance of a business plan
• Find out more about VBOC programs and resources that can help you move forward with your business idea

At the end of the session, you will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one consultation with a VBOC counselor

Tuesday, January 10

Exploring Small Business Administration Resources
(Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 11:00am – 1:00pm and is free of charge. To register, visit www.cweonline.org , or call 401-277-0800):

Are you interested in starting a small business but don’t know where to start? Do you already own a small business and need assistance with marketing, employee management, setting up financial statements? Interested in possibly getting a loan? Join us as experts from the SBA guide you through all the resources available to you and your small business. Let them show you where to go to get an expert help you draft a business plan for FREE, where to find financing for your business, exporting, how to get started in the world of government contracting, and more!

Topics covered will include:
• Technical Assistance Programs
• SBA Loan Guarantee Program
• 8(a) Business Development Program
• HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zones) Program
• Government Contracting Opportunities
• And more!

Dec 28 2016


Business Success: Luck or Skill?Newcastle Business Roundtable

Please Join Us!
When: January 10, 2017
11:45am - 1:00pm

Where: Weston County Library
Meeting Room
23 West Main
Newcastle, WY

RSVP: Register by Noon Monday, Monday, January 9, 2017 to: Susan Rezanina, susan.rezanina@sba.gov or 307-261-6520. PLEASE RSVP TO RESERVE YOUR LUNCH!!!!

Presenters: Susan Jerke, Regional Director, Small Business Development Center, and Steve Immel and Susan Rezanina of the Small Business Administration.


Dec 27 2016

Veterans Business Battle - Application Deadline Jan 9, 2017

Veterans Business Battle

Join the Houston District Office, at the EO Houston - Veterans Business Battle at Rice University February 24-25, 2017. Stop by our booth and speak with a SBA representative about Veteran Small Business opportunities.

All honorably discharged or active military owning, starting or having the opportunity to buy a business and looking for capital, advice, resources or connections are invited to enter the Veterans Business Battle competition.

What makes a winning idea? A new solution, new product or new way of delivering a service. We welcome ideas from all industries. The finalists will be invited to compete in the EO Veterans Business Battle, where they will present their idea to potential investors and judges.

Semi-Finalists will be invited to the competition to attend the presentations, educational classes, set up a table top display, network and receive a ticket to the inspiring awards reception.

Qualifying individuals or teams must apply to participate in the competition by January 9, 2017. Finalists will be notified by February 1, 2017 and be invited to pitch their idea to investors and judges during the competition February 24-25, 2017.

For additional information and competition requirements, click the "Register Now" button.

Dec 23 2016

SBDC offers free mentoring and workshops at Detroit Public Library

SBDC offers free mentoring and workshops at Detroit Public Library- Main

The Detroit Public Library is offering free Workshops in the month of January, please share the information with business minded individuals and entrepreneurs looking to take advantage of our services.

Location: Detroit Public Library - Main
Business, Science & Technology
5201 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
313-481-1391 or 313-481-1406

SBDC Mentor Counseling

January 11, 2017
5:00pm – 7:00pm

The Small Business Development center offers no-cost business counseling services to entrepreneurs. Whether you’re thinking about starting a business, need help with your business plan, or want to grow your current business, SBDC has you covered. By appointment only.
Contact the Detroit Public Library’s Business, Science & Technology department to reserve your seat or register by email.
313-481-1391  mkordyban@detroitpubliclibrary.org   or kcooper@detroitpubliclibrary.org

Dec 22 2016

Marketing to the Government

Marketing to the Government

First Friday with SBA

You registered your firm in the System for Award Management (SAM) to get into government contracting. Your firm may have even qualified for one or more socio-economic contracting certifications, such as HUBZone or woman-owned; but how do you start getting federal government contracts?

Attend January's First Friday with SBA session and learn how to sell to the government.

When: Friday, Jan. 6, 2017
3 to 4 p.m.
Where: SBA Alaska District Office
420 L St., Suite 300
Anchorage, AK 99501
Register: https://marketing2government.eventbrite.com

Dec 21 2016

Enhancing Your Federal Procurement Marketing: SBA 8(a) Business Development Webinar

Enhancing Your Federal Procurement Marketing: the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program Webinar

Would You Like to know about Federal Contracting?

Join the SBA Houston District Office Business Opportunity Specialists for a webinar about Federal Contracting Basics. Register for this webinar to find out about federal contracting and the many tools available to help small businesses build and successfully compete in the federal sector.

You Will Learn:
• Overview of Federal Contracting and the Federal Government market
• How to apply for Federal Contracting Opportunities

*Wednesday, December 21, 2016*
*10 a.m – 11 a.m. (Central Time)*