Workshops Presented by the Small Business Administration

In Partnership with the FSBDC and FPTAC

SBA Workshop: Federal Certifications Managed by SBA

Every year, the Federal government procures supplies and/or services to the tune of several hundred billion dollars. A whopping twenty-three (23) percent of those procurements are earmarked for smaller businesses. If you own a small business and have the potential to sell your product/service to the Federal government you ought to take the time to learn about these programs. At Federal level, our government is mandated to reserve a sizable percentage of all procurements dollars for small businesses; for certified socio-economically disadvantaged small businesses; for women-owned small businesses or; for business located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones. SBA manages all of these certifications. Certifying your business can definitely help you successfully compete for government contracts. As a certified entity, in addition to pursuing contracts, you may participate in executive level business training that helps to keep small businesses competitive. As part of our efforts to maintain program integrity, we ensure firms are compliant with program/federal regulations so they stay in good standing and can enjoy continued program participation.

You will learn the eligibility criteria for the:

  • 8 (a) Business Development Program
  • Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program
  • Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program
  • New SBA Mentor Protégé program
  • In addition, you will learn where to find Federal Opportunities for your small business.

April 18 | 1 PM – 4 PM


How SBA Can Help You Achieve Your Contracting Goals

When you think of the Small Business Administration (the SBA), you probably think of business loans. But there are also other things the SBA can do to help your business before and after you start—from training on effective day-to-day management and/or expansion of your business to obtaining very lucrative federal contracts.

Here are 5 specific ways the SBA helps you:

  • SBA offers business education and training, counseling and other assistance
  • SBA provides access to capital via different loan guarantee programs.
    • Microloans, regular guaranteed loans up to $5M, loans for veterans and spouses, loans for exporters, home-based businesses, etc
    • In addition, we can guarantee Surety Bonding up to $10M
    • Most SBA lenders available via online lender matching program
  • SBA can help you register, get trained and become a government contractor
    • Certification as 8(a), WOSB/EDWOSB, HUBZone open doors for federal contracts o Access to Mentor-Protégé programs that help you better position your company by building capacity, and providing size and affiliation exemptions for larger companies
    • Access to SBA Joint Ventures o Assistance from SBA Procurement and Commercial representatives
  • SBA works with FEMA to provide disaster assistance to all.
  • SBA advocates for the SBIR and/or STTR grants for research and development as well as other special federal initiatives, including the SBA National Ombudsman.

Most SBA activities are available to all businesses, but loans and some programs are available only to small businesses. As part of our efforts to maintain program integrity, we ensure firms are compliant with program/federal regulations so they stay in good standing and can enjoy continued program participation.

Wednesday, May 23 | 1 PM – 4 PM


SBA Workshop: Federal Certifications Managed by SBA

Every year, the Federal government procures supplies and/or services to the tune of several hundred billion dollars. A whopping twenty-three (23) percent of those procurements are earmarked for smaller businesses. If you own a small business and have the potential to sell your product/service to the Federal government you ought to take the time to learn about these programs. At Federal level, our government is mandated to reserve a sizable percentage of all procurements dollars for small businesses; for certified socio-economically disadvantaged small businesses; for women-owned small businesses or; for business located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones. SBA manages all of these certifications. Certifying your business can definitely help you successfully compete for government contracts. As a certified entity, in addition to pursuing contracts, you may participate in executive level business training that helps to keep small businesses competitive. As part of our efforts to maintain program integrity, we ensure firms are compliant with program/federal regulations so they stay in good standing and can enjoy continued program participation.

You will learn the eligibility criteria for the:

  • 8 (a) Business Development Program
  • Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program
  • Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program
  • New SBA Mentor Protégé program
  • In addition, you will learn where to find Federal Opportunities for your small business.

June 20 | 1 PM – 4 PM