This week we’re live-blogging from National Small Business Week, a public-private partnership event to honor and empower America’s small business community. We just finished a morning session honoring federal contractors and subcontractors. In addition to remarks from Administrator Karen Mills, we heard from Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about their commitment to supporting small business procurement to achieve their agency goals. SBA recognized winners for a variety of procurement...
This week we’re live-blogging from National Small Business Week, a public-private partnership event to honor and empower America’s small business community. We just announced this year’s National Small Business Person of the Year - Victoria Tifft, President and CEO of Clinical Research Management in Hinckley, Ohio. Congratulations on your award. What inspired you to start your business? I had an idea that I could provide a service where there was a need. No one else was doing it. It seems like a lot of entrepreneurs...
This week we’re live-blogging from National Small Business Week, a public-private partnership event to honor and empower America’s small business community. Today’s events kicked off with a breakfast honoring SBA’s resource partners and lenders, who provide education, training and capital to entrepreneurs and business owners in their communities. The event featured remarks from SBA Associate Administrator of Entrepreneurial Development Michael Chodos, SBA Administrator Karen Mills, and NASA Administrator...
It’s that time of year again! Today, SBA joins the entire Obama Administration in wishing a very happy National Small Business Week to the more than 28 million American small businesses, their employees and the people they serve! National Small Business Week is a public-private partnership to honor small businesses from communities across America. Small businesses all over the country continue to thrive, driving the national recovery and creating an American economy built to last. Building on that momentum, President Obama and I...
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs have funded great companies like Qualcomm, Genzyme, and iRobot in their earliest days. These federal programs are what help our entrepreneurs grow, succeed and create jobs, and the Obama Administration has made its success a priority. The good news is, the program was reauthorized for six years by Congress and signed into law by President Obama at the end of 2011. Since then, the Small Business Administration has been...
Exporting goods to South America just got easier for America’s small businesses. Today, the U.S. – Colombia Trade Agreement goes into effect, opening yet another fast-growing market to goods made in America. This exciting agreement marks a significant development in the Obama Administration’s efforts to expand access to American goods in emerging markets around the world. Colombia is home to the third largest economy in South America and this agreement builds on the significant potential for U.S. small businesses to...
On Thursday, May 17, 2012, SBA and the White House Business Council are heading to Detroit, Michigan for the Urban Economic Forum- connecting entrepreneurs and small business owners with business tools and resources. Thursday’s forum will cover topics like SBA guaranteed loans, government contracting programs and business counseling services. The Detroit Urban Economic Forum is the seventh in a multi-city series with upcoming forums in Chicago, IL and Columbus, OH. Speakers for this forum include- Administration: Cecilia...
This Tuesday, SBA and the White House Business Council will host the Urban Economic Forum in Kansas City, MO designed to connect urban entrepreneurs and business owners to local and national business resources and networks they need to start, grow and create jobs. The Kansas City Urban Economic Forum is the sixth of a multi-city series with upcoming forums in Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio, and Detroit, Michigan. Speakers for this forum include: · Marie Johns, Deputy...
On Tuesday, I had the honor of joining my colleagues at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C., for “Growing Economies in Indian Country: A National Summit,” a one-day event co-hosted by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. The Summit was the culmination of a 2011 interagency workshop initiative – “Growing Economies in Indian Country” – to produce a dialogue among tribal leaders, policymakers, financial industry professionals, universities and...
Can You Go to National Small Business Week and Get a Federal Contract? It Could Happen! If you were to ask a small business owner to identify a top priority on his or her wish list, undoubtedly they would say “to get more business!” Are you a small business owner looking for more business? Are you a small business owner looking to partner with larger businesses or federal agencies on federal contract opportunities? If your answer is “yes”, then you don’t want to miss the Business Matchmaking...
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