August 3, 2014: SBA Updates

Small Businesses Win in SBA’s FY2013 Federal Procurement Scorecard

Last week, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced that for the first time in 8 years, the federal government has met its annual 23% goal for small business contracting. This has resulted in more than $83 billion dollars of revenue for small businesses.

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Webinar: Choosing a Retirement Solution for Your Small Business 

Get practical information and helpful tips to understand and compare the options of starting and operating a retirement savings plan for your small business. Join representatives from the Department of Labor onWednesday, August 6 at 2pm ET to learn more, ask questions and get started saving.

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Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars

SBA and Small Business Majority will continue to host free Affordable Care Act 101 weekly webinars so small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in health insurance marketplaces.

 

In addition, Spanish-speaking small employers throughout the country can join representatives from SBA, HHS and Small Business Majority for ACA 101 webinars in Spanish. Below are the registration links for the upcoming Spanish-language webinars, which will be held every other Tuesday throughout the summer and fall. 

 

SBA & AARP Webinar: Q&A Session to Help You Start Your Business—Ask the Experts!

This is your chance to get your small business questions answered by those in the know! Join AARP and SBA on Tuesday, August 12 at 2pm ET to ask about developing your business plan, securing financing, accounting, marketing, bookkeeping and more.

> Submit questions and register now

 

Should You Look At Pet Franchise Ownership?

Interested in franchises? The pet industry is huge and it continues to grow, with or without a strong economy. Not many industries can claim to do that. Here are some insights from expert Joel Libava to help you decide if pet franchise ownership might be right for you.

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ChallengeHer — Opportunities & Access to Federal Contracts for Women-Owned Small Businesses

If you’re a woman-owned small business looking to contract with the federal government and seeking assistance on how to navigate in the federal procurement arena, we have good news that can help!

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Upcoming ChallengeHER Events:

 

Are You Prepared For a Disaster?

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Counseling and Training

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Online Government Contracting Training

Understanding government contracts and how to obtain them.

 

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August 10, 2014: SBA Updates

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Ask the SBA Administrator

Live Online Event with Google Small Business Community

SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet will be answering your questions live during a Hangout on Air in the Google Small Business Community. Want to learn how the SBA can help you start and grow your business? Now’s your chance.
Wednesday, August 27
4:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM PT

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ALL ABOARD! SBA Participates in the Millennial Trains Project Across the Country

From August 7-17, The Millennial Trains Project will convene young aspiring and current entrepreneurs by acting as a mobile entrepreneurial workshop, allowing participants and virtual audiences to explore emerging opportunities and challenges in communities across America while on board a train traveling from Portland, Oregon to New York City.

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Five Things Small Businesses Should Know About Export Control Reform

The Export Control Reform (ECR) initiative aims to enhance our national and economic security by reforming the export control system, which has benefits for small businesses like yours. Here are five things you should know about how it affects you.

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How to Talk to the Media Like a Pro

Do you dream of getting interviewed by a reporter, radio personality or blogger? Getting the media’s attention is only half the battle for a small business owner. What really matters is how well you handle being interviewed. These expert insights will help you succeed.

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Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars

 

SBA and Small Business Majority will continue to host free Affordable Care Act 101 weekly webinars so small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in health insurance marketplaces.

 

In addition, Spanish-speaking small employers throughout the country can join representatives from SBA, HHS and Small Business Majority for ACA 101 webinars in Spanish. Below are the registration links for the upcoming Spanish-language webinars, which will be held every other Tuesday throughout the summer and fall. 

 

 

ChallengeHer — Opportunities & Access to Federal Contracts for Women-Owned Small Businesses

If you’re a woman-owned small business looking to contract with the federal government and seeking assistance on how to navigate in the federal procurement arena, we have good news that can help!

> Read more

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3 Essential Financial Statements for Your Small Business

Accurately tracking financial data is not only critical for running the day-to-day operations of your small business, but it is also essential when seeking funding to take your business to the next level. Get to know these three basic financial statements that are important for your small business.

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SBA & AARP Webinar: Q&A Session to Help You Start Your Business—Ask the Experts!

This is your chance to get your small business questions answered by those in the know! Join AARP and SBA on Tuesday, August 12 at 2pm ET to ask about developing your business plan, securing financing, accounting, marketing, bookkeeping and more.

> Submit questions and register now

 

7 Techniques to Help You Save Money with Technology

As small businesses rely more and more on technology, you may find yourself spending a bigger chunk of your budget on technology. But why spend more money than you need to? Here are some tips for how to spend as little as possible on that all-important technology for your business.

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Are You Prepared For a Disaster?

Start your disaster recovery plan today with free tools from SBA.

 

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Counseling and Training

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Online Government Contracting Training

Understanding government contracts and how to obtain them.

 

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August 11, 2014: NWBC Unveils New Research on Women’s Access to Capital

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NWBC Unveils New Research on Women’s Access to Capital

Access to Capital Is A Great(er) Challenge For Women

Today, the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) released new research onHigh Growth Women-owned Business’ Access to Capital. The report, prepared by Alicia Robb and Susan Coleman of Marin Economic Consulting company, outlines the differences between men and women business owners, regarding the scale of business growth, amount and sources of financial capital, and the relationship between the two. The report findings on women’s financial capital are sobering: on average, women received only two percent of total funding from outside equity. Among the most successful firms, men started their businesses with six times as much capital as women did. Women’s access to capital remains one of the most significant barriers, and is too often the factor preventing the growth of women-owned small businesses. Within the report, the National Women’s Business Council has proposed solutions for women entrepreneurs, advocates, funders and policy makers to remedy the issue of women’s access to financial capital.

“Women need money to grow their businesses, and this report gives us more data showing that the capital they are able to secure is insufficient. The National Women’s Business Council continues to advocate for greater access to capital for women entrepreneurs,” said NWBC Council Member Rose Wang. “Our research on this issue enables us to make recommendations to support the entrepreneurship ecosystem, including government, funders and non-profits. We’ve discovered that on average, men start their businesses with nearly twice as much capital as women – $135,000 vs. $75,000. Among high growth firms, men start with six times as much capital as women. This must change. In order to narrow the entrepreneurship gender gap and truly broaden the pathway for women entrepreneurs, access to financial capital must continue to be a priority.”

“Accessing capital is a great burden for all, but this research again confirms that the burden is greater for women entrepreneurs – and even among those with significant high-growth potential. Too many women underestimate themselves and their business’ growth potential even though the data confirms that they are more likely, than their male counterparts, to see growth. This is something that must be remedied, and the good news is that it can be remedied,” says Amanda Brown, the Executive Director of the National Women’s Business Council. “This data demands action, and really a cultural shift, to better support and enable women business owners. We can narrow the gender gap with more programming geared at women-owned businesses who have high-growth potential, like accelerator and incubator programs, equity financing programs, and business mentorship and training programs; or more women participating in STEM prior to entrepreneurship. Think if there more women on the financing and investing side, as angel investors or members of a venture capital screening committee, or investors doing more to find, and then fund, women entrepreneurs with investment-ready firms. That would change some things, I’m sure of it.”

Access to financial capital remains at the forefront of the NWBC’s agenda.  As the government’s only independent voice on economic issues impacting women entrepreneurs, the NWBC will be sharing these report findings with Congress, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the White House, among others. The full report is available online: High Growth Women-owned Business’ Access to Capital.

For media inquiries or additional information on the report, please contact NWBC Communications Director, Krystal Glass, at Krystal.Glass@nwbc.gov.

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August 17, 2014: SBA Updates

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Ask the SBA Administrator

Live Online Event with Google Small Business Community

SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet will be answering your questions live during a Hangout on Air in the Google Small Business Community. Want to learn how the SBA can help you start and grow your business?

Join us to find out on Wednesday, August 27 at 4:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM PT

> Click to RSVP & Submit Your Questions

Keeping SCORE: 10.5 Million Entrepreneurs Served

For half a century, thousands of seasoned American executives and retired business owners have provided pro bono consulting services to 10.5 million American entrepreneurs. SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet remarks on the 50 years of these volunteers’ contributions through SCORE.

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Three NEW Free Online Training Business Courses

  • Strategic Planning for Small Businesses 
    Are you looking for tools to create a successful strategic plan that will help improve your business’s success? This coursewill explain the difference between strategic planning and other types of planning and describe the typical steps in the strategic planning process.
  • Savings Plans for Small Businesses
    Do you have a savings plan for your business? Take this course to learn how life events, retirement and even taxes play a role in developing a savings plan.
  • Selling Your Business
    If you are in the process of selling or closing your business,then this course is for you. Topics covered include defining a business exit strategy, transferring ownership of a business, steps to closing a business, and preparing a sales agreement.

 

Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars

SBA and Small Business Majority will continue to host free Affordable Care Act 101 weekly webinars so small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in health insurance marketplaces.

In addition, Spanish-speaking small employers throughout the country can join representatives from SBA, HHS and Small Business Majority for ACA 101 webinars in Spanish. Below are the registration links for the upcoming Spanish-language webinars, which will be held every other Tuesday throughout the summer and fall. 

 

Why a Real Estate Line of Credit is a Smart Choice for Investors

As a real estate investor, putting together a variety of financing tools at your disposal is a key component for executing your deals. One popular type of real estate financing method is using a real estate line of credit. Here’s what you should know.

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Are You Prepared For a Disaster?

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Counseling and Training

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September 7, 2014: SBA Updates

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SBA Spurs Economic Growth, Announces 50 Awards to Accelerators

Last week, SBA announced the 50 winners of the first Growth Accelerator Fund competition. The recipients – each awarded a cash prize of $50,000 – come from a broad set of industries and sectors – from manufacturing to tech start-ups to farming as well as diverse demographic groups.

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Webinar: How Social Media Can Help Your Small Business Succeed

Social media is an increasingly important communication channel for small businesses, so SBA has teamed up with Hootsuite for a free webinar about best practices. Join us on Tuesday, September 16 at 2 PM ET for social media tips and strategies for your small business.

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SBA to Participate in Twitter Webinar 

If you’re curious about how to use Twitter to grow your business, join SBA as we participate in a Twitter 101 webinar. Registration details:

  • Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014
  • 1:00 PM ET | 10:00 AM PT
  • 1 hour

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NEW: Growing Your Business Webinar Series

To kick off fall, join SBA as we particpate in a three-part “Growing Your Business” webinar series to help your business expand and thrive hosted by AnyMeeting.

       SBA Resources for Growing Businesses

  • The Affordable Care Act & Its Impact on Small Business Owners
    Tuesday, October 7 | 2 PM ET
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Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars

SBA and Small Business Majority will continue to host free Affordable Care Act 101webinars so small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in health insurance marketplaces. Join us every Thursday at 2 PM.

In addition, Spanish-speaking small employers throughout the country can join representatives from SBA, HHS and Small Business Majority for ACA 101 webinars in Spanish. Below are the registration links for the upcoming Spanish-language webinars, which will be held every other Tuesday throughout the fall. 

 

Small Business Logistics and Distribution Made Easy

One of the trickiest pieces of the startup puzzle can be to figure out how it will all work. A thoughtful logistics and distribution plan will save you lots of time and stress in the long run. Here are a few resources for considering everything that goes into this type of planning.

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How Running A Small Business is Like Coaching a Football Team

Ever thought about the similarities between small business owners and football coaches? You may have more in common than you thought! Here’s how – and how your small business game can be its best.

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How to Integrate Print Into Your Marketing Campaign

As small businesses and the media focus on online marketing, print marketing materials are often an afterthought—but they shouldn’t be. Traditional marketing collateral isn’t dead, and if you’re smart, you’ll integrate it into your digital marketing efforts. Here’s how.

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Are You Prepared For a Disaster?

Start your disaster recovery plan today with free tools from SBA.

 

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Counseling and Training

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Online Government Contracting Training

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Small Business Resources at Your Fingertips

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Training and Counseling

Looking for counseling and training options?

Interested in getting expert entrepreneurial advice?

SBA has the free resources you need to succeed.

From online to in-person guidance, SBA offers various counseling and training options for the busy business owner and entrepreneurs.

  • Our online Learning Center offers free, self-paced courses tailored to your business type and more, so you can get the online training you need, whenever you need it – no appointment necessary!
  • The Events Calendar shows you what’s going on in your neighborhood. Enter your zip code to check out nearby seminars, workshops, panels, webinars and more.
  • Our Local Resources page provides a description and list of SBA’s partner offices staffed with specialists to counsel, mentor and train small businesses.

At SBA, we’re in the business of businesses – and in making sure all small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs across the U.S. access the resources you need to find success in your ventures.

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Micro Business Certification

Dear Certified SWaM Business Owners,

Effective October 1, 2014, all state purchases under $10,000 shall be set aside for micro-businesses when the price quoted is fair and reasonable.

As a certified Small Business by the Department, your company might qualify to be a “Micro Business”.

Micro Business is a certified Small Business under the SWaM Program and has no more than twenty-five (25) employees and no more than $3 million in average annual revenue over the three-year period prior to their certification.

Please fill out the online form to apply for the “Micro Business” designation within seven (7) days upon receiving this email.

You will need to scan and upload the following documents in one PDF file as required by the online application process:

  1. Federal Form 941 (Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return): the first page from the most recent four quarters if your company has employees
  2. Federal Tax Return: the first page showing the annual gross revenue from 2013, 2012, and 2011, or Schedule C from “Personal Tax Return”

The size limit of the PDF file for the uploading process is 4M. Please scan the document as “File” or “Document” in low resolution (100×100 dpi) to reduce the file size (do not scan as “Picture” or “Image” or your file will be over the file size limit)

Here is the link to the online form: http://vamba.binaryfountain.com/vendor/vendor-certification/mba.

If the submission is accepted, you will see the following message on your screen after you clicked on the “Submit” button: “Your application for Micro Business Certification is successfully submitted.”

We will review your submission and email you if your firm meets the definition of this new micro-business designation.

This is a wonderful opportunity to enhance our small business participation in the state procurement environment and we look forward to your response. If you have any questions, please contact our customer service at 804-786-6585.

14th Annual Chesapeake Business Appreciation Golf Classic

 

Oceaneering Business of the Year

Oceaneering – 2014 Business of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coastal Precast Systems - Waterfront Business of the Year

Coastal Precast Systems – 2014 Waterfront Business of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BB&T - 2014 Chesapeake Classic Champions

BB&T – 2014 Chesapeake Classic Champions

Gu’s House of Beads Ribbon Cutting

Chesapeake, VA – Gu’s Haus of Beads will proudly cut the ribbon on its new Greenbrier location on April 3rd, 2014. The ribbon cutting event will be held at 510 Kempsville, Suite H, Chesapeake, VA 23320. The celebration festivities kick-off at 11:00 a.m. with light refreshments and a beading demonstration immediately following. City officials, business representatives and media are invited to attend.

Gu’s Haus of Beads is a unique store that has re-opened in the Greenbrier Shoppes after a 2 year “pause” (it was previously located on North Battlefield for six years).  Gu’s is now back in Chesapeake with a new look and carries everything you need to make beautiful jewelry.  Beading is a well-established hobby and Gu’s has the best quality seed beads, Swarovski Crystals, pearls, silver findings, and natural stoned that can be used to create a variety of necklaces, bracelets, and rings,  The best part is, you make it yourself!

The store offers classes in everything from basic stringing to wire wrapping to all sorts of beadweaving, which allows you to create detailed designs using a needle and thread.  The store has a warm, comfortable feeling and is filled with beautify beads of all sizes, shapes, and colors.  The location is great too, with interesting shops like “Olives and Grapes”, which sells olive oil and balsamic vinegar in dozens of flavors, and the Red Chair, a wonderful consignment shop.  There are also great restaurants like the Broken Egg Cafe and Ang’s Sushi, so you can make a day of it!  You will be surprised how easy it is to learn the basics of beading and then you are on your way to making accessories for yourself, your friends as gifts, or to sell.

Gudrun (Gu) Cordle and her husband John have lived in Chesapeake for 20 years.  John just retired from the Navy and wanted to support his wife in pursuit of her passion.   Gudrun comes from Flensburg, Germany (hence the spelling of “Haus”) and wanted to share her love of beading with others.  The store offers beginner classes on Saturdays, and most evenings as well.  Thursday night is “Bead Soup”, where friends get together and work on their latest projects, share techniques and tips, and just have a good time.

The webpage is www.hausofbeads.com and you can like Gu’s on Facebook at “Beadfairy”.  The website has class schedules and examples of things you can learn to make.

Please join us for the ribbon cutting ceremony and RSVP to the contacts listed for Gu’s Haus of Beads.

Chesapeake Economic Development Launches Free Mobile App

Chesapeake Economic Development Launches Free Mobile App

Chesapeake – Today The Chesapeake Economic Development Department officially launched its ChesVA Biz app which is available with download on the Economic Development website (www.chesapeakeva.biz) and through the iTunes or Google Play stores.

App users are instantly granted access to the location of Chesapeake’s available properties and urgent business news. In addition, the Business Directory and Business Resources features provide immediate access to the departments, agencies and web links that answer the pressing needs of the business communities. Those features alone make the app an invaluable time-saver and resource in the lives of on-the-go professionals.

As the economy regains momentum people are constantly looking for more reasonable and efficient ways to tackle complex, data intensive business challenges. In an attempt to drive and support commerce, this free mobile app, developed by the Chesapeake-based company Web Teks, is a resource to support the critical needs of any business person in one easy-to-use package.

“This new mobile app provides a wealth of important information that will aid the decision making process of businesses,” said Steven C. Wright, Director of Economic Development. “This tool compliments the business attraction and retention efforts of the department.”

The “push notification” service will also allow a smart device to periodically receive brief business updates that may offer a competitive advantage. Ultimately, the app turns a smart device into a data-rich personal assistant, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Users can download this new mobile app on a smart device by connecting to iTunes or visiting the Google Play store. Enter Chesapeake Virginia Economic Development or ChesVA Biz in the search area to locate this free product.

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