"Hang Out" with SBA and Industry Experts During National Small Business Week

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
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Kellie Randall, kellie.randall@sba.gov

Oregon’s own Ninkasi Brewing Company from Eugene will be participating in Thursday’s Google+ Hangout discussing how to get a business loan.


Recently when Ninkasi was looking to expand their brewery they obtained an SBA 504 loan to access some of the $16 million in capital they required. The expansion, expected to be completed in late 2013, will initially increase brewing capacity by 70,000 barrels, and provide more room to grow in the future. Over the next five years, the expansion will also result in the hiring of 40 more full-time employees.


“Gaining access to capital is imperative for businesses to start, grow and be successful,” said Acting District Director Robert DuCoté. “Ninkasi is a great resource for other entrepreneurs and small businesses to learn how SBA loan programs may help them.”


“SBA loan programs help small businesses throughout the region,” said Regional Administrator Calvin Goings. “I am looking forward to ‘hanging out’ with Ninkasi and helping other businesses learn about our loan programs.”

Google+ Hangouts will feature daily tips for small business owners from major tech leaders and social media companies

WASHINGTON – As part of National Small Business Week, June 17-21, the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a series of Google+ Hangouts featuring an exciting lineup of social media companies, mentorship organizations and distinguished experts.


All Google+ Hangouts will start at 1 p.m. PDT and can be watched live at:


Small business owners can tweet questions for the panelists using the hashtag #SBW2013.  No prior registration is required to watch.


Topics and panelists include:

Monday, June 17: Getting Started with Social Media – 4 p.m. EDT

Panelists from Twitter, Google, Constant Contact, and W20 Group will hang out.

Bill Murphy Jr., author and columnist for Inc.com will moderate.


Tuesday, June 18: Managing Your Business’s Online Reputation – 4 p.m. EDT

Panelists from Yelp, LinkedIn, OpenSky, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., Google and Manta will hang out.  Rieva Lesonsky, CEO of GrowBiz Media will moderate.


Wednesday, June 19: How a Mentor Can Help Your Business – 4 p.m. EDT

Panelists from the SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development, Small Business Development Centers, and Women’s Business Centers will hang out. Fran Tarkenton, NFL legend and entrepreneur will moderate.


Thursday, June 20:  How to Get a Business Loan – 4 p.m. EDT

Panelists from Wells Fargo, SCORE, SBA’s Office of Capital Access, and SBA loan recipient Ninkasi Brewing Company will hang out. Calvin Goings, SBA’s Region 10 Administrator, will moderate.


Note to media: If you would like to stream these hangouts or any other live National Small Business Week events, please contact Stephen Morris, stephen.morris@sba.gov.




Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight through National Small Business Week the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.  This year’s events will be held June 17-21, in Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. offering tips, tools and trainings for small businesses to start, succeed and grow.  In addition to in-person events, small business owners can participate in online-only panel discussions on hot topics like social media and business financing starting daily at 4pm ET. All events, in-person and online, will be streamed live on www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek. Also visit this site for a full schedule of events and additional information. The event hashtag is #SBW2013.


Small Business Week 2013 sponsors include: Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Microsoft, National Association of the Self Employed (NASE), Arlington Texas Chamber of Commerce, AT&T, ADP, Western Pennsylvania Small Business Network, Staples, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., Visa, Women Impacting Public Policy, Lockheed Martin, National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders, Business Forward and Office Depot.


The U.S. Small Business Administration’s participation in this cosponsored activity does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any cosponsor’s, donor’s, grantee’s, contractor’s or participant’s opinions, products, or services. All SBA programs and cosponsored programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance, by contacting sbw@sba.gov. Cosponsorship Authorization No. SBW2013.