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.

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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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