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Feb 08 2017
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2017 Gro-Biz Conference and Idea Expo


2017 Gro-Biz Conference and Idea Expo



Registration under way for Wyoming’s premiere business conference

CASPER, WYO. For the 15th year, Wyoming’s business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to attend the GRO-Biz Conference & Idea Expo to network with other business owners, meet economic development professionals, and connect with dozens of procurement officers to help them start selling their products in the multi-billion dollar federal government contract market.

The conference will be held Feb. 22-23, 2017 at the Ramkota Hotel in Casper, Wyo. Register by Feb. 8, 2017 for the discounted cost of $165 per registrant; beginning February 8, 2017 registration fee is $185. To see agenda and to register, visit www.regonline.com/2017grobizidea.

Long time attendee Anthony Aguirre of Triple A Building Services says, “There is no better place to meet with contracting officers, network with peers, and learn and refresh many topics of business than this conference.”

The GRO-Biz Conference & Idea Expo is two events rolled into one. The event provides opportunities to learn from experts presenting innovative workshops that inspire attendees to think about their business in new and exciting ways. In addition, the conference provides Wyoming’s small businesses the opportunity to better understand state and federal government procurement processes and meet with professionals who can provide valuable information on bidding process, including topics such as marketing to government agencies, exporting, cybersecurity, finding opportunities with the State of Wyoming and WYDOT, increasing innovation at your business, leadership, preparing a response to a government RFP, and intellectual property and technology commercialization.


Feb 07 2017
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SMALL BUSINESS FINANCING WEBINAR


SMALL BUSINESS FINANCING WEBINAR



SBA SMALL BUSINESS FINANCING WEBINARS

Are you in need of financing to start or grow your small business? If so, please take note of the opportunities below to learn more about what’s available through the U.S. Small Business Administration. These one hour webinars hosted by the SBA Oklahoma District Office will offer you a chance to learn about various lending products and provide you an opportunity to ask questions related to your capital needs. Connection information for the webinars is listed at the bottom of this page – no registration is necessary and there is no cost.

Webinar Schedule

Borrowing Basics & Open Discussion


February 16, 2016 (10:00 – 11:00 a.m. CST)

Guest Presenter – Lynette Lambert, Assistant Vice President, Security Bank

This webinar will provide you with information on the varying SBA loan products available for your new or existing small business and how to make application. You will be given a lender’s perspective on what documentation is needed from you prior to their review of your loan proposal. This session includes financing for real estate (new & existing), machinery and equipment, inventory, working capital (including lines-of-credit), refinance, etc.

How to Connect:

For all webinars listed above, you may connect via computer and phone as listed below:
To join AT&T Connect Conference:

Computer: Click here: https://connect16.uc.att.com/sba/meet/?ExEventID=89896297&CT=W


Feb 03 2017
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All About SAM - System for Awards Management - Feb. 15th (San Diego, CA)


All About SAM Workshop

Wednesday, February 15th - 10 AM - Noon



Levi Kinnard, Economic Development Specialist, SBA San Diego, has coordinated this workshop to get you started in federal governement contracting, by getting your business registered in SAM - System for Awards Management.

This workshop will cover:


• How to register your business in SAM
• Getting your Dun & Bradstreet DUNS#
• Determining your North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code(s)
• Using the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website
• Updating your Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) profile

Presenter: Trisha Ferrand, Senior Procurement Specialist, San Diego Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Wednesday, February 15th - 10 AM - Noon
San Diego Public Library - Downtown

Mary Hollis Clark Conference Center
330 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
(2-hour free parking in library lot below the building. Entrance on 11th Ave.)
FREE - Registration Required


Feb 02 2017
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Accepting Applications for SBA's 2017 Emerging Leaders Class


Arkansas Emerging Leaders 2017

Attention Business Owners!

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 SBA district offices, 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 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.


Feb 01 2017
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Executive training course taking applicants


SBA VT Newsletter Jan. 31, 2017



Executive training course taking applicants

Vermont Technical College, as the educational partner of the SBA’s Emerging Leaders program, is seeking 20 entrepreneurs throughout the state to participate in a free business course starting in April.

Emerging Leaders is a free executive-level training program for established business owners poised for growth. Over the course of seven months at Vermont Tech’s Williston campus, each participating entrepreneur will learn immediate ways to improve their business and will create a three-year strategic growth plan to build a sustainable business of size and scale.

The Small Business Administration established the Emerging Leaders program in 2008 to assist entrepreneurs in urban communities and 2016 the agency expanded the program to rural states such as New Hampshire and Vermont. This is the initiative's second year in the Green Mountain State.

According to 2014 impact data from the national program, 68 percent of businesses who completed the program increased revenues and 95 percent of alumni would recommend the program to a fellow small business owner. Participants are also successful in accessing new capital and new contracts with government and anchor institutions.

“Last year we agreed to host the inaugural class because we felt it aligned perfectly with Vermont Tech’s entrepreneurship education and alignment to workforce training in Vermont. After seeing the results and the eagerness for a class like this firsthand, we knew we wanted to continue our partnership with the SBA hosting Emerging Leaders,” said Patricia Moulton, Interim President of Vermont Tech.

Emerging Leaders is for established business owners and is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business. To be considered, firms must be for-profit enterprises, been in business for at least three years, have at least one full time employee other than self, and have annual revenues between $400,000 and $10 million.

The majority of Vermont businesses in the 2016 Emerging Leaders class had annual revenues in excess of $1 million. There are no restrictions on the types of businesses that can participate. Some examples of participating businesses include manufacturers, retail stores, wholesalers, contractors, professional services and food service.

“The caliber of the instructor, this program, and the curriculum is incredible. I have been grateful for all the resources offered to me and my small business. The flow of the class itself has been highly optimal for maximum success. Working on the business, not just in the business, is built into my workflow consistently going forward,” said Stephanie T. Hainley of White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors, and graduate of the Vermont Emerging Leaders class of 2016.

Business owners interested in the program need to fill out the online application at www.interise.org/SBAemergingleaders by March 1. Interise, a non-profit organization specializing in entrepreneurial education, oversees the Emerging Leaders nationwide. The SBA reviews the applications and selects the class participants.

For more information, visit www.sba.gov/emergingleaders, email darcy.carter@sba.gov or call 802-828-4422 ext. 203.


Jan 31 2017
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Pick of the Week - Food Biz Day is back - register now






Food Biz Day is Feb. 11

The second annual Food Biz Day is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11. This one-day event brings together aspiring food entrepreneurs and existing food businesses looking to acquire business skills, connect with local resource, and network with industry buyers, lenders, and leaders.

Attendees will learn from experts and other food professionals about starting, scaling and funding a food business. Join us for group panel discussions, a guest speaker presentation, and self-selected breakout sessions designed to fit your special needs. Opportunities for one-on-one counseling will also be available.

Topics covered throughout the day include:

• Financing and lending
• Navigating the start
• Food truck 101
• Market research
• Grocery store placement
• Labor standards
• Technology in food

Food Biz Day ends with a celebration and Food Marketplace*, open to the public - where local businesses test and sell their amazing products. This is a great opportunity to network, generate ideas, and support other local entrepreneurs while enjoying delicious foods.


Jan 30 2017
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March 6, 2017 - SBA Procurement Programs Orientation in Macomb County


SBA Procurement Programs Orientation

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.

March 6, 2017
9:30 am ­ 11:30 am

Velocity Collaboration Center
6633 18 Mile Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48314

Note: Late arrivals will not be admitted


Jan 27 2017
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February Events - Hosted by USPTO


US Patent and Trademark Office
February Events
Detroit

Events at U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
300 River Place Dr.
Suite 2900
Detroit, MI 48207

For parking information click here. The USPTO is a federal facility and visitors are required to show a valid form of government issued ID (driver's license or passport), and may be subject to security screening.

Introduction to Intellectual Property and Midwest USPTO
February 2, 2017 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Register at: https://febintro2ip.eventbrite.com
Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? The Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan hosts an introduction to intellectual property concepts followed by a tour of Midwest Regional Office resources every first Thursday of each month. This session is for aspiring entrepreneurs, innovators, students looking for beginner information on intellectual property concepts.

Trademark Tuesday
February 14, 2017 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Register at: https://febtrademarktues.eventbrite.com

The Midwest Regional USPTO hosts an interactive question and answer session with the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC) on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. During this virtual meeting with TAC, participants will learn about the trademark registration process and be able to ask questions of experts through our video teleconferencing capability. The Trademark Assistance Center, located in Alexandria, Virginia, provides general information about trademarks.
This event is intended for individuals with a beginning to intermediate level of knowledge of trademarks. Get the most out of Trademark Tuesday by checking out Basic Facts About Trademarks: What Every Small Business Should Know Now, Not Later prior to the event.


Jan 26 2017
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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.

2017 January Webinar Dates:

January 25
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Jan 25 2017
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NSBW-State Nominations Extended




South Carolina – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) South Carolina District Office has extended the deadline for accepting applications for state awards. In addition, we added Small Business Exporter of the Year under the category. This is a fabulous opportunity for you to nominate your favorite small business!

State awards categories are: Female Small Business Person of the Year, Minority Small Business Person of the Year, Veteran Small Business Person of the Year, Small Business Exporter of the Year, and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. These awards are evaluated at the state level. For a full listing of awards, please visit the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s website: click here

For information on qualifications for these awards and details on how to apply: click here

To access the nomination form, click on the link: click here.

NOMINATIONS DEADLINE is March 1, 2017.

All nominations must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. EST, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. All nomination packages may only be hand delivered or mailed to the SBA Office. Email submissions of SBA Awards forms will not be accepted as they contain personally identifiable information (PII). All nominations may be mailed to the U.S. Small Business Administration, South Carolina District Office, 1835 Assembly Street, Suite 1425, Columbia, SC 29201. Attn: Martin Short.

Categories-State Awards
Female Small Business Person of the Year:
This award honors a female who owns and operates (or bears principal responsibility for operating) a for-profit small business. Nominees must have been in business a minimum of three years.