Workshops Presented by the Small Business Administration

In Partnership with the FSBDC and FPTAC

How SBA Can Help Your Small Business Achieve the American Dream

Since 1953, the SBA has administered several types of programs to support small businesses, including loan guaranty and venture capital programs to enhance small business access to capital; contracting programs to increase small business opportunities in federal contracting; direct loan programs for businesses, homeowners, and renters to assist their recovery from natural disasters; and small business management and technical assistance training programs to assist business formation and expansion. Congressional interest in these programs has increased in recent years, primarily because small businesses are viewed as a means to stimulate economic activity and create jobs. SBA programs could be the ticket to your achievement of the American Dream.

January 8 | 1 PM – 4 PM


Federal Government Market Research

Market research is the continuous process of collecting and analyzing data on products, services, business practices and vendor capabilities to satisfy agency needs. When you conduct market research you learn about the market to make informed and suitable decisions and choices about the acquisition of goods and services. Market research is a critical tool for contracting officers needing to find qualified small business vendors.

Market research is the foundation for building an effective solicitation and a successful contract. It is the most important methodology a contracting officer can use to find small business vendors. And, small businesses are critically important to promoting competition in the procurement process and growing the overall economy.

February 12 | 1 PM – 4 PM


Federal Small Business Certifications Managed by SBA

Before you can begin business with the government your business must obtain the proper certifications. Small business certifications are like professional certifications; they document a special capability or status that will help you compete in the marketplace. Unlike permits and licenses, you do not need to obtain certifications to legally operate. However, in order to take advantage of business opportunities, such as government contracts, you may need to obtain some certifications.

Federal, state and local governments offer businesses opportunities to sell billions of dollars worth of products and services. Many government agencies require that some percentage of the procurements be set aside for small businesses. Certifying your business can definitely help you successfully compete for government contracts.

March 11 | 1 PM – 4 PM