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!

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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.

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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.

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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.



Counseling and Training

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



Online Government Contracting Training

Understanding government contracts and how to obtain them.