Editor's note: This post by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden was originally published on NASA's blog. Landing the Curiosity rover on Mars was a big feat for NASA, but we could not have done it without the work of small businesses. On Wednesday, Sept. 19, I'm joining Administrator Karen Mills of the Small Business Administration for a Google+ Hangout with ATA Engineering, one of the small businesses that made the Mars Science Laboratory mission landing a success. Google+ members and reporters are welcome to join the discussion from...
by Anonymous, on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 11:37
A new focus on environmental responsibility is making it easier for small businesses and entrepreneurs to “make a difference.” There’s not only a huge variety of organic and eco-friendly products on retail store shelves to help Americans protect our ecosystem, but there are also vast new opportunities open to entrepreneurs who can provide green products to consumers. This is more than a passing fad. This is big business for environmentally minded entrepreneurs. You can make your business greener and develop products and...
by Anonymous, on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 11:19
In today's challenging economic environment, where small businesses create two out of every three net new jobs in the U.S., help for small businesses is more critical than ever before. A key foundation of success in business is to leverage data analysis to discover insights and make smarter decisions. Delivering these types of services online provides the greatest opportunity to reach the most businesses. That's why SBA has made available SizeUp, an online small business support service that can deliver customized business analysis to...
The SBA is working hard to make sure small business owners and entrepreneurs have the access to capital they need to start and grow their businesses. This resulted in a record lending year in 2011, where we supported $30 billion in loans to over 60,000 small businesses. And while we’ve made great progress, we know there is more work to be done. One area we are focused on is opening the doors of entrepreneurship to more communities and demographics. To make this possible, we’re focused on underrepresented communities and young...
When a friend or family member asks what you do to help small businesses, what do you say? I try to give them the three Cs explaining that the SBA provides assistance to small businesses through Counseling, Capital and Contracts. Most people get it. What’s your favorite thing about what the SBA does for small businesses? My favorite thing is seeing how our programs affect small business owners. It never gets old when you walk into a business that received SBA assistance. It’s a wow factor when I see a thriving...
I have the great privilege to meet with many amazing small business owners across the country. I get to hear their stories – stories about why they started a business, how their business improves their community, how business ownership has enriched their life, and often how SBA was an important resource to make it happen. These stories inspire me. That’s why we put together Small Business Owners Speak, a new online feature highlighting the voices of successful small business owners. This interactive map plots short videos...
Today, SBA welcomed Adam Becker, Clay Johnson and Jed Wood as part of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program which pairs innovators from the private sector, non-profits, or academia with innovators in government to collaborate on game-changing solutions. SBA’s Presidential Innovation Fellows will specifically work on the RFP-EZ program, which will create a platform that makes it easier for innovative small businesses to sell to the federal government. This program also helps enable agencies to quickly source low-cost,...
The health and success of the construction industry is critical to our nation’s economy. SBA knows that we must do all we can to make sure this sector grows, compete for contracting opportunities and create jobs. That is why SBA is proud to announce our new “Quick App” for surety bonds. This new application process combines two applications into one to make it easier and faster for small businesses and contractors to compete for contracts. The new application allows the SBA to evaluate risk by asking the contractor to...
Today, I attended a meeting of the White House Rural Council, which focused on our coordinated response to historic drought conditions that are affecting communities across Rural America. Our goal at the SBA and across the Administration is making sure that these hard hit communities have the tools and the resources they need to navigate and recover from these severe drought conditions. To date, the SBA has issued 71 agency drought declarations in 32 states covering more than 1,630 counties. These declarations allow small businesses,...
Remember when Congress voted to reauthorize the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs and the President signed the bill into law back in December, 2011? Implementing laws however, and doing it right, often takes just a little more time. The programs are important to small businesses, each year providing more than $2 billion of R&D funding to innovative small business across a broad range of technologies. After a long series of temporary reauthorizations, this reauthorization...
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