Workshops Presented by the Small Business Administration

In Partnership with the FSBDC and FPTAC

SBA Workshop: SBA Resources for Veterans

Attention to Orders! Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to honor American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. That’s not quite true. Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor America’s war dead. Veterans Day, on the other hand, honors ALL American veterans, both living and dead. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country.

This workshop covers the programs and services the Small Business Administration (SBA) offers to veterans and their spouses to help start and grow a business. Although the SBA is usually associated with loans, this overview will run through the SBA Loan Programs as well as our other programs and services including Counseling, Export Assistance, Government Contracting, Surety Bonds, and Disaster Assistance. Some of these services are for all businesses, while others are specifically for veterans. Free to attend, however, registration is required. The presentation will be conducted by SBA and PTAC.

You will learn about:

  • SBA Programs and Services including those targeting veterans:
    • Veteran’s Business Outreach Center (VBOC)
    • Veteran Advantage loan guarantee
    • Boots2Business Program
    • VWISE
  • PTAC will address general questions related to CVE certification
  • Other Veteran Business Development Initiatives in local area

November 14  | 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.

December 12 | 1 PM – 4 PM