Are you an owner of a small disadvantaged business seeking to be certified in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development Program and to become competitively viable in the federal marketplace? Each year, companies graduate from the 8(a) program with the potential and capabilities to grow into successful businesses as a result of the business development tools received while in the program. Worldwide Technology, Inc. is one of many examples of successful graduates of the 8(a) Program and was #1 on...
Nearly every day, we post a new blog article on a helpful “how-to” topic for small business owners. Recognizing that as a small business owner, you’re strapped for time and don’t always have the personnel to research the “business” side of things, our goal is to provide you with easy to understand information. Out of the countless articles we wrote in 2013, here are the top five that you read the most. This year’s winner was a runaway hit. ChallengeHER: Creating Procurement Access and Opportunity...
Did you know that each year the SBA helps more than one million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners? And if you are ready to start a new chapter or turn a new leaf, SBA can help you start or grow your business. SBA directs a national entrepreneurial network that provides mentoring, training, resources and business assistance to more than 1.2 million entrepreneurs and small businesses each year, and 2013 was no different. In fiscal year 2013, these efforts helped entrepreneurs to get more than $4.5 billion in capital infusion,...
Ed. Note: This blog is by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement and first appeared on WhiteHouse.gov This Saturday, November 30th, I will join a number of White House and Cabinet Officials, along with millions of Americans around the country, in paying tribute to small businesses, which drive our economy, and help to define the spirit of our communities. I will be spending Small Business Saturday in Chicago, to start on my holiday...
If your business is Native-owned and is looking for ways to grow, you may be interested in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development program. The 8(a) Business Development program helps socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs to develop and grow their businesses through one-on-one counseling, training workshops and management and technical assistance over the nine-year program term. It also provides access to government contracting opportunities to help small businesses better compete in the...
Most Americans know Black Friday and Cyber Monday are big days for holiday shopping. But between the two is another important part of the holiday shopping season –Small Business Saturday, a day that is dedicated to supporting the small businesses that anchor our local communities and strengthen our economy. From the Main Street shops to the high-tech startups, small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the cornerstones of a diverse and thriving marketplace. These businesses create two out of every three net new...
Are you a small business owner located in or relocating to an economically distressed urban or rural community? Is your company seeking a competitive advantage in the federal contracting arena? Each year, thousands of companies have expanded and grown thanks to their participation in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone program. The mission of the HUBZone program is to promote job growth, capital investment, and economic development by providing contracting opportunities to...
Are you a small business owner with an amazing success story to tell? If so, submit your nomination today for the 2014 National Small Business Week Awards. Nominations are currently being accepted online at http://nationalsmallbusinessweek.sba.gov/. For more than 50 years, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions in their local communities, and to our nation’s economy. Winners will be announced during National Small Business Week...
The U.S. Small Business Administration is excited to work with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to support and celebrate National Entrepreneurship Month. Entrepreneurs and small business owners are the backbone of our economy and the foundation of our middle class. They are what make our country great and what drive economic growth. Look at the numbers: small businesses create two out of three net new private sector jobs, and small businesses employ 96% of all Americans. And some of the most innovative...
The U.S. Small Business Administration today introduced a video in recognition of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), to encourage and inspire entrepreneurs to collaborate, innovate, and explore international business opportunities. GEW brings together innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. Each November, GEW inspires people to explore their potential as self-starters and innovators through local, national and worldwide activities. These events, ...
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