Tri-City Partnership Supports High Schools Students Interested in Mechatronics

 

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Thanks to a new partnership with Chesapeake Public Schools, Tidewater Community College and the City of Chesapeake, 27 high school freshmen will prepare to launch into an in-demand career in Mechatronics right after high school. The new dual-enrollment program began this fall with a mentor matching event on Oct. 30, which gave students the opportunity to connect with advanced Chesapeake manufacturing representatives. The program also included a scholarship drive among area manufacturers, bringing in $12,000 to help students pay for college courses while still in high school.

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Ribbon Cuttings November 2015

Congratulations to our new businesses that had Ribbon Cuttings in the month of November!

Reginella’s Trattoria & Pizzeria

109 Volvo Parkway
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 410-4979
http://www.reginellas.com/

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Spring of Life Chiropractic

1101 Battlefield Blvd N
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 560-7987
https://www.facebook.com/springoflifechiro/

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August 1, 2014: SBA Updates

 

Richmond District Office

Federal Government Meets Commitment to U.S. Small Businesses

Federal Government Meets Commitment to U.S. Small Businesses

By Natalia Olson-Urtecho, U.S. Small Business Administration mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator

As mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), I am proud to announce our federal government met its small business federal contracting goal for the first time in eight years, thanks to the SBA and President Obama’s commitment to increasing small business contracting opportunities. In Fiscal Year 2013, our government awarded 23.39 percent in federal contracts to small businesses which is $83.1 billion of eligible contracting dollars according to SBA’s Small Business Procurement Scorecard.

Advancement and progress continues in several small business prime contracting categories. The SBA has increased its efforts and collaboration with all federal agencies to broaden opportunities for our small businesses to compete and qualify for federal contracts. Furthermore, the Obama Administration has accelerated payments to small businesses through the “QuickPay” program so small business owners can maintain cash flow to grow their businesses. Additionally, the private sector’s equivalent, SupplierPay will support private sector contracting for small businesses.

We all know that when small businesses earn federal contracts, it’s a ‘win-win’ for small businesses, the innovative job creators who fuel the nation’s economy, and the federal government.

In this area alone, companies like Yorktown’s ITA International, LLC are part of this success.

My goal is to ensure our small businesses in the mid-Atlantic Region continue to gain federal contracts to expand their opportunities and fuel the American economy. Therefore, you may wonder: what can my small business do to earn a share of federal contracts?

One of the first steps in becoming a government contractor is to determine if your small business qualifies for government contracts on SBA.gov. If your small business qualifies, you will need to register your business with the federal government’s System of Award Management (SAM), the primary database of vendors doing business with the federal government.

Once you determine your business is small and register on SAM, you can contact Richmond District Office to answer any immediate questions and to help your business flourish. There are additional support programs for America’s small businesses such as:

The SBA 8(a) Business Development Program offers an inclusive and broad scope of assistance to firms that are owned and controlled by minority individuals. This program includes SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program, designed to connect successful firms with 8(a) program participants to establish your small business entrepreneurial success.

The ChallengerHer Initiative, a SBA partnership with Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and American Express Open provides women a forum for discussion on federal contracting and connects women-owned businesses to one another to increase their small business network.

You can learn further about small businesses and federal contracting through the SBA classroom. The GC Classroom can be accessed at www.sba.gov/gcclassroom.

By using these tools, you can successfully navigate the federal contracting marketplace and propel your business and the American economy. The SBA is here to help you, so after exploring the various SBA tools above, make sure you contact your nearest SBA office for additional resources and counseling.

Under the leadership of Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, the new SBA looks forward to being Smart, Bold, and Accessible to America’s small businesses as they are the backbone of our economy. Therefore, we will continue to work tirelessly to create opportunities and continue the President’s efforts for small businesses to secure government contracts.

 

 

 

 

 

Date: 8/1/14
Matthew Nowak
Public Affairs Specialist
matthew.nowak@sba.gov

 

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.

> Read more

 

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.

> Read more and register

 

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.

> Read more

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

Upcoming ChallengeHER Events:

 

Are You Prepared For a Disaster?

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

 

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Counseling and Training

Get free business training and counseling – online and across the country. 

 

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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

> Click to RSVP & Submit Your Questions

 

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.

> Read more

 

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.

> Read more

 

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.

> Read more

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

Upcoming ChallengeHER Events:

 

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.

> Read more

 

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.

> Read more

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.

> Read more

 

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.

> Read more

 

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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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.

> Read more

 

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.

> Register today

 

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

> Register now

 

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
    > Read more & register

 

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.

> Read more

 

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.

> Read more

 

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.

> Read more

Are You Prepared For a Disaster?

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

 

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Counseling and Training

Get free business training and counseling – online and across the country. 

 

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Online Government Contracting Training

Understanding government contracts and how to obtain them.

 

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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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