Each Veterans Day we honor veterans: those serving to protect us at home and abroad, and those who previously served. America’s service members put themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedoms and safety here in the U.S. As a fellow veteran, I, too, understand the many sacrifices our men and women serving in the military and in the National Guard make daily, whether it’s serving overseas, or serving in a location here in the U.S. For more than 20 years I had the privilege of serving with many of these fine men and...
National Native American Heritage Month gives us a chance to reflect on the importance to the national economy of American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Growing up in a small family business in Cherokee, North Carolina, I know first-hand how essential Native-owned small businesses are to our tribes and communities. I have seen how small Native American-owned businesses can shape a community and how tribal citizen entrepreneurs flourish by creating sustainable and lasting jobs. Today, there are nearly 240,000...
Many business owners, homeowners, and renters along the East Coast are coming back to find physical damage to their buildings and property as a result of Hurricane Sandy. In addition, thousands of businesses are dealing with the economic blow caused by power outages, damaged inventory, and lost profits from being closed down. The Small Business Administration stands ready to help. How does SBA help businesses, homeowners and renters recover? Three main ways: 1. Businesses and nonprofit organizations of any size can apply for a low-...
Microsoft and the U.S. Small Business Administration are teaming up to host a Tweetup for Portland area small business owners and entrepreneurs to learn about business resources in the community. The event is open to mom-and-pops, tech startups, and everything in between - just bring your tweeting (or other social media) skills. In addition to meeting other entrepreneurs in the community, participants will have a chance to hear from SBA’s Sean Greene, Associate Administrator for Innovation & Investment, and...
Many communities are still feeling the effects of Superstorm Sandy, including power outages and flooding. The importance of listening to instructions and safety information from your local officials and FEMA cannot be understated. Federal response teams are already providing assistance to affected communities. SBA is closely coordinating with our federal partners to share information in the immediate aftermath of the storm. For the latest on the Federal government’s response to Sandy, you can read FEMA’s blog or follow...
When a friend or family member asks what you do to help small businesses, what do you say? I say I work for the Small Business Administration and we are the best resource for someone starting or growing a business. Our SBA office partners with the SCORE Association and we have a counselor in our office every day between the hours of 9 and 3 who will sit down and listen to your idea and thoughts. I can mail you a free startup kit that contains valuable information for starting or developing a business. Here is my...
Earlier today, I joined hundreds of women-owned contracting firms at the Department of Defense Women-Owned Small Business Opportunity Forum in Alexandria, Virginia to announce a new partnership between the SBA and Women Impacting Public Policy, Inc. (WIPP). This partnership is designed to help highlight the benefits of the Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program, educate women business owners on how to participate, and connect them to federal agency procurement officers in industries where women are...
Did you know 95 percent of the world’s population lives outside the US? Are you a small business manufacturer? Have you considered exporting your goods? The “Made in the USA” brand is strong and there’s a huge market out there for your products. All that is great, but how can you break into the global market, grow and be successful? The Small Business Administration can help you. SBA’s mission is to help business start, grow and succeed – this includes helping small business exporters and...
Small businesses are becoming a larger target for criminals seeking to access sensitive data because attackers are well aware that small businesses have limited resources or personnel dedicated to information system security. In an effort to combat cyber-attacks, the Department of Homeland Security established October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month to educate the public about cyber security and to prepare the nation in the event of a cyber-incident. Here are 9 steps your business can take to improve your cyber security: Use the...
Two years ago, SBA pioneered the federal government’s first regional cluster strategy and I’m proud to say we’ve already seen the tangible benefits of these investments: Our research shows small business participation in our 10 pilot clusters increased by more than 275 percent in just one year; Employment grew on average by more than 11 percent in the small businesses that participated in the 10 pilot clusters; and More than two-thirds (69 percent) of small businesses that sought cluster support reported that they...
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