President Barack Obama recently proclaimed April National Financial Capability Month. Recognizing the importance of financial planning in achieving the American Dream, this month calls on individuals to empower themselves by seeking knowledge and tools for strong financial capability. In today's world economy, financial capability is vital to entrepreneurs and small business owners trying to start, grow, and succeed in the marketplace. Whether your target market is global or your local neighborhood, SBA’s network of Small...
Note: this post is by Donna J. Butler, SBA’s Senior Sustainability Officer & Deputy Chief Operating Officer SBA helps small businesses find solutions to make their operations run efficiently. That’s why this Earth Day and every day SBA encourages small businesses to incorporate a green office environment. Whether it’s changing to a more energy efficient lighting system, implementing a recycling program, or considering eco-friendly machinery—all of these techniques help to conserve energy and...
If you’re a woman-owned small business looking to contract with the federal government and seeking assistance on how to navigate in the federal procurement arena, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has good news for you! In FY 2012, the federal government awarded $16.1 billion in federal contracts to women-owned businesses, but there is still more work to be done. That is why the SBA is continuing its partnership with Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and American Express Open on the ChallengeHer initiative that was...
Are you a self-starter? Do you have a general-management skill set? Are you used to constantly changing roles and responsibilities? Are you disciplined and focused? Are you risk-tolerant and able to manage stress? These are the threshold questions that SBA counselors ask every day to help prospective entrepreneurs assess if they have what it takes to be a successful small business owner. And when those questions are put to veterans of the U.S. armed forces, they often get “yes” replies. The military has a track record of...
Access to capital is the number one concern for entrepreneurs and small business owners. However, as an entrepreneur or small business owner, are you prepared to access capital for your business? SBA and Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. have teamed up for a webinar series this month to help entrepreneurs and small business owners learn how to build business credit and prepare for a business loan. This webinar series is free, but registration is required. 5 Steps to Building Business Credit [SOLD OUT] A recording of this webinar...
At the SBA, one of our core objectives is to provide access to capital, but that’s not the end of our commitment to America’s small business owners. It’s the beginning. We know small businesses need reliable lending to grow, but we also know it’s important to provide entrepreneurs with information about business fundamentals, regulatory compliance, how to access government contracts and how to network your way into new opportunities and new customers. While I’m only on Day 5 in my new role as SBA Administrator, it...
I had the pleasure to recently participate in the White House Business Council and Office of Public Engagement’s Roundtable with Muslim-American Business Leaders that brought together the business and faith-based community for a dialogue on how to support small businesses that start, grow and create job that sustain our nation’s economy. The forum recognized the tremendous contributions of Muslim American entrepreneurs and small business owners. There were nearly 40 business owners in attendance that represented various industries...
These U.S. Small Business Administration resource partners have almost 1,500 locations across the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico to help veterans who want to start their own business or grow an existing business. All partners can advise veterans on small business loans and provide training and support on a wide variety of challenges small business owners face, from access to capital to marketing. Veterans Business Outreach Center Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs) provide entrepreneurial development services such as...
Today, with appreciation and humility, I begin my work as SBA Administrator and a relentless advocate for America’s 28 million small businesses. My journey as a first-generation immigrant born in Guadalajara, Mexico, to President Obama’s cabinet is one that could only happen in America. I came to this country at the age of 5 with my mom and five siblings. We didn’t have much, but what we did have was an abundance of hope. We didn’t speak the language yet, neither the English language nor the language...
This weekend, SBA and the Department of Commerce Centers for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships joined forces with the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and BusinessUSA to launch the first Business Sunday event in Washington, DC at the 19th Street Baptist Church. Business Sunday is a program focused on promoting local economic growth and job creation by connecting congregations and communities with the valuable business development resources offered by the Federal Government. Close to 300 business owners,...
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