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

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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

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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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.

 

LEARN MORE

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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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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Oceaneering International Expands in Chesapeake

Governor McDonnell Announces Oceaneering International to Invest and Expand in City of Chesapeake

~Company to enhance operations, creating approximately 70 new jobs and retaining more than 460 jobs~

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that Oceaneering International, Inc. (NYSE:OII), a global oilfield provider of engineered services and products primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications, will expand its presence into the City of Chesapeake. The company will consolidate its engineering, manufacturing and administrative functions at a new, 150,000-square-foot facility to be developed by Armada Hoffler Properties, which will invest approximately $25 million to accommodate this expansion. Serten Advisors, LLC served as real estate consultant for Oceaneering International in the transaction. The current primary customers served by Oceaneering’s Marine Services Division (MSD) are the U.S. Navy and the maritime industry. Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina for the project, which will create approximately 70 new jobs and retain more than 460 jobs.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McDonnell said, “Oceaneering International has maintained an engineering/ship repair location in the City of Chesapeake for 13 years. With this tremendous investment the company expands to a new site that will serve its existing and future operations, as well as consolidated engineering, manufacturing, and administrative functions, including a multi-trade apprenticeship program. Oceaneering is a major employer in Chesapeake, and with this project will create new jobs that exceed the annual prevailing wage in the region, and create new capabilities that support projected customer needs and its current highly skilled workforce. This expansion is a great win for Virginia and Hampton Roads.”

“The City of Chesapeake is a prime location for a company like Oceaneering International that performs vital functions for the U.S. Navy and maritime industry,” said Jim Cheng, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “Oceaneering will continue to benefit from a trained, available workforce in the region and a strategic location with critical access to the ocean and the Port of Virginia. This significant project represents future growth, longevity, and continued success in Virginia.”

Founded in 1964, Oceaneering has grown from a diving business in the Gulf of Mexico to a diversified, advanced applied technology organization operating around the world. This has been accomplished by executing a plan of organic investments augmented by strategic acquisitions. Through its Advanced Technologies business, Oceaneering serves the defense and aerospace industries, serving the U.S. Navy as a primary customer for over 30 years. The Marine Services Division in Chesapeake focuses on submarines, deep submergence systems, and air cushion landing craft, and is certified by the U.S. Navy as a Submarine Safety (SUBSAFE) activity. They support Navy operations around the world out of the Chesapeake office.

“Selecting Hampton Roads in Virginia for our new MSD location perfectly aligns our five year goals to become both the Employer and Contractor of Choice in our market segment,” said Wayne Jakubowski, Oceaneering Vice President and General Manager. “This location provides ideal convenience to our current, very capable employee base, in which we have already invested significant training, as well as proximity to key customers and shipyards. Oceaneering MSD continues to foster the strategic partnership with local and state government developed over 13 years at our current location in Chesapeake. This location is truly an enabler for continuing our support for the growing demands of our customers.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the City of Chesapeake Department of Economic Development to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McDonnell approved a $750,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist the City of Chesapeake with the project. The Governor also approved a $750,000 performance-based grant from the Virginia Investment Partnership program, an incentive available to existing Virginia companies. The company qualifies for industrial road access funding from the Virginia Department of Transportation. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide funding and services to support the company’s recruitment and training activities.

“Hampton Roads is a place where companies can grow and prosper, and Chesapeake is at the center of it,” said Mayor Alan P. Krasnoff. “Keeping Oceaneering International and its 400-member workforce in Chesapeake is a competitive win for us, and we are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to their success.”

Troy University Reopening

Troy University’s Grand Reopening in Chesapeake

Chesapeake, VA – Troy University is proud to announce its Grand Reopening and
Ribbon-Cutting ceremony in Chesapeake from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday,
September 24,2013.

City officials, media representatives, as well as the public are invited to attend.
Following the formal ceremony, guests are invited to enjoy a tailgate-themed open
house with refreshments, prizes, and the outdoor entertainment of Zl 04 radio station.
The Chesapeake campus of Troy University is located in the former SunTrust Building at
100 Volvo Parkway, Suite 300, Chesapeake, VA 23320 after relocating from Norfolk.
“Our new centrally located office will enable Troy University to provide a range of
services for our online students and more effectively reach adult learners interested in
higher education” said Roger Smith, Troy’s Hampton Roads Area Coordinator.

In Virginia, Troy University offers its courses entirely online. This fully accredited, 126
years old public institution offers a diverse range of programs, including associate’s,
bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as the Doctor of Nursing Practice.
“One of the best ways to stimulate a strong workforce is through education,” said
Steven C. Wright, Director of Chesapeake Economic Development. “Having
Troy University in Chesapeake is a strong asset that offers our community more nontraditional
options to advance knowledge and increase opportunity.
For more information on Troy University please visit www.troy.edu. To R.S.V.P. for the
grand opening event, contact Michael Camden at Michael.camden@troy.edu or
call 757-451-8203.

Chesapeake Launches South Norfolk Website

Chesapeake Economic Development

Launches South Norfolk Business Website

Chesapeake – The Chesapeake Economic Development Department announces today the official launch of www.southnorfolk.biz, a website devoted to increasing the awareness of the opportunities for enterprise in the South Norfolk branch of the City of Chesapeake. In many cases, a website is a user’s first impression, even before a phone call or any form of contact has been made. Hence, the presence of www.southnorfolk.biz allows a person to foster interest and ultimately connect with South Norfolk from any home or office in the world.

The Chesapeake Economic Development Department website, www.southnorfolk.biz, provides a generous amount of information and resources to its visitors. Upon entering the site you will be greeted by picturesque photographs that allow a visitor to see South Norfolk firsthand, from its waterfront to the mouth of Poindexter Street. Users will then have the option of toggling through the history of South Norfolk and the City of Chesapeake, Business Incentives, News & Media and Contact links that put them in direct communication in an instant.

“The website provides insight and information to prospective businesses looking to locate in the South Norfolk area,” said Steven C. Wright, Director of Chesapeake Economic Development. “It’s a digital marketing tool that showcases South Norfolk as a prime area to locate a business.”

The internet has revolutionized the way business is done by eliminating the obstacles of time and distance. The website, www.southnorfolk.biz, will reach persons who may otherwise not have known this rewarding area of the City of Chesapeake exists. While there are a virtual endless number of benefits to using web technology, it can also travel ahead of our business teams as we make recruitment trips in our ongoing efforts to attract new business. We are aware that in the past it used to take a meeting to glean a first impression. Today, that can be reached through a simple internet search. Through www.southnorfolk.biz we are making that first impression of South Norfolk and the City of Chesapeake a memorable one.