During National Entrepreneurship Month and throughout the year, the SBA is committed to providing the funding, networks and other resources that entrepreneurs need to start, grow, expand and recover small businesses.
Read the White House proclamation
Read Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman’s statement
The SBA and Public Private Strategies Institute have teamed up to provide small business owners with a series of webinars that will cover resources to help small businesses grow and thrive. Join us for the next session on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. ET: Community Navigators and COVID EIDL Programs. During this webinar, you will:
- Learn more about COVID EIDL and how you can take advantage before December 31, 2021
- Discover tools and resources you can use to start and grow your business
- Have your questions answered by SBA leadership and small business experts
- Learn how you can become a vaccine leader in your community
- Get an update regarding programs and recent policy announcements made by the Biden-Harris Administration
COVID EIDL Applicants: Join SBA’s COVID EIDL Application Completion Office Hours on November 10, 2021 for information about the application process and get your questions answered to apply for COVID EIDL funds. For more information about COVID EIDL, visit the SBA website.
- Wednesday, November 10 at 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET Join here
Are you an entrepreneurial support organization? Join the SBA for the first Innovation Ecosystem Summit, taking place virtually on November 15-17, 2021. This summit aims to help you learn from and connect with other entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs) in the STEM/R&D space so that you can better help your community. Here is what you can expect from this event:
- Three days of collaboration with fellow ESOs from across the country
- Curated content and programming – keynotes, fireside chats, and ask me anythings (AMAs)
- Opportunities to learn about best practices and initiatives from other ESOs
- How to help your entrepreneurs access government funding
- A chance to help shape and build the lab-to-market community
This week, in celebration of National Veterans Small Business Week, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman attended the grand opening of the Veterans Business Outreach Center at the University of Maryland and the Veteran Resource Center at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University. Last week, Administrator Guzman visited San Antonio, Texas to meet inspiring small business owners who were able to pivot, recover and grow with help from SBA programs and resources. Follow the Administrator on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to see photos and videos of all her visits to small businesses across America.
We want to hear from you. SBA invites you to participate in a survey to assess your satisfaction with SBA’s customer service and communication on COVID-19 related grant and loan relief programs. The results will be used to monitor and improve SBA relief effort effectiveness. The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete for each program that you obtained financial assistance. Take the survey
Last week, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced grantees for the Community Navigator Pilot Program, an American Rescue Plan initiative designed to reduce the barriers many small businesses often face in accessing critical support, including those owned by disadvantaged groups such as veterans, women, rural communities and communities of color. The Community Navigator Pilot Program will provide $100 million in funding to 51 organizations (“hubs”) that will work with over 400 local community groups (“spokes”) to connect America’s entrepreneurs to federal, state, and local resources so they can recover and thrive. See what people are saying about the Community Navigator Pilot Program. Learn more Did you know that nearly 96% of consumers live outside the US? Export your goods to increase your profits, reduce market dependence, and stabilize seasonal sales. Connect with SBA resources and partners to get help exporting. Learn more
Paycheck Protection Program borrowers: If your loan is $150,000 or less, you may be eligible to apply for direct forgiveness through SBA using our online portal. Follow the steps below.
- Find out if your lender is participating.
- Apply for forgiveness.
For additional information, visit the SBA website.
Submit Your Comments for SBA’s Strategy Document Outlining Agency Goals and Objectives Every four years, the SBA releases a strategy document for the current and upcoming years. This strategic plan provides a framework that outlines the SBA’s key goals and objectives to ensure that our programs are managed effectively and efficiently. Public comments about the plan are welcome and will be accepted until November 19, 2021. Learn more
Thanks to vaccines, small businesses across America have opened back up. Keep the momentum going by getting vaccinated. Find a vaccine provider near you.
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