SBA Updates & Events
Updated: 12 hours ago
Reminder! If you are a small businesses, nonprofit organization of any size, or a U.S. agricultural business with 500 or fewer employees that have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you can still apply for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan.
It's been a challenging year for America's nearly 32 million independent businesses. Now more than ever, it's important to shop small and support small businesses on Saturday, November 28 and throughout the holiday season.
American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians have a strong history of entrepreneurship and small business ownership. There are about 300,000 Native American-owned small businesses in the U.S. today, generating around $50 billion of revenue a year. Native American business owners have made their mark in a variety of industries, including tourism, gaming, energy, agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, and federal contracting. These businesses sustain local communities, create jobs, and help grow the economy.
If you are interested in starting a business or boosting your existing business, the U.S. Small Business Administration can help through a variety of financial support, contracting opportunities, and educational tools for Native American business owners.
SBA is seeking public comments on a proposed rule that would revise the small business size standards for businesses in three sectors to increase small business eligibility for loan and contracting programs. Find out how to submit your comments.
Veterans: We Want to Hear from You
SBA's Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development and Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs will hold virtual public meetings on December 2 and December 3.
These quarterly meetings serve as an important opportunity for federal agencies, veteran service organizations, and veteran-owned small businesses to address the challenges faced by the veteran small business community. We encourage veteran small business owners and advocates to join these public meetings to provide comment and hear about the committees' efforts to support veteran entrepreneurs.
Job Alert! SBA is now hiring attorneys, paralegals, credit analysts, loan officers, mortgage underwriters, customer service representatives and other workers to assist with disaster relief efforts. Bilingual skills are a plus.
Federal Coronavirus Resources
State, local, and federal agencies are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Check out coronavirus.gov for updates from the White House's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force. Go to cdc.gov for detailed information about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Visit covid-sb.org, the official federal resource website for U.S. small businesses affected by COVID-19.
Virtual Mentoring and Training
Offices around the country may be closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, Veterans Business Outreach Centers and other resource partners are providing free business mentoring and training by phone, email, and video.