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Small businesses looking to increase sales and profit are taking their businesses global. SBA provides counseling, training and financing to support small business export opportunities. This week we are highlighting the many resources that SBA has to offer. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates.


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 Count the Blessings of  Citizenship


On July 4, 1776, fifty-six men in Philadelphia had a choice. They could continue to live under tyranny, or they could take a stand for liberty.

They chose liberty.

This weekend, in backyards and front lawns across the country, we celebrate the courage that emboldened our independence. We celebrate by sharing food with our neighbor and craning our necks to glimpse a kaleidoscope in the night sky. The traditions remind us of our proud past and a bright future.



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Establishing Values for Your Business


 The values and culture of your company have a direct  effect on your employees, your customers, and your  bottom line. What are you doing to establish, cultivate,  and grow values for your business? 



    • Implementing company values 
    • Getting input from stakeholders and customers 
    • Including values in your strategic planning


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Market Research

You have a great product or service, but who are your customers and how can you reach them? This course will give you an overview of how to identify your customer and how to market to them. 


  • Learn the difference between market research and marketing research
  • Discover the two main types of market research 
  • Learn how to collect market research data and analyze it
  • Hear how to avoid common mistakes made in market research


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Save-the-Date: National Small Business Week 2018


Please mark your calendars for April 29 - May 5, 2018 National Small Business Week.


Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.


More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.


As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

More information about events and sponsorship opportunities will be available on www.sba.gov/nsbw as it becomes available.



Tips on Buying an Existing Small Business or Franchise


The dream of owning a small business doesn’t always mean starting from scratch. You can skip the headaches of creating a startup and jump to buying an established company. 


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SBDC Programs: What Can They Do for Your Small Business?

SBDC stands for Small Business Development CenterSBDCs provide a wide assortment of technical assistance and resources to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.  The primary focus of SBDCs?  To foster local and regional economical development through job creation and retention.  


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How to Attract and Retain Customers With a Whitepaper


What is a whitepaper, and why should you create one? Targeted to B2B customers, a whitepaper is a short document (generally six to 10 pages long) that provides useful information to your customer base, displays your thought leadership, and showcases your business’s expertise.


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Webinar | The Top 5 Risks for Business Disasters in America

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 | 2:00 PM EDT

Every organization struggles with how to best prepare themselves for disasters. How to start? Where to begin? What threats are the greatest? 

Join the SBA and Co-Sponsor Agility Recovery as we explore the top risks to businesses in America. Topics covered will include: 


  • The top 5 causes of business interruptions from 2014
  • Best practices for mitigating theses risks
  • Lessons learned from those that endured the worst case scenarios

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Webinar | Financing Your Business: How to Get Funding

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 | 02:00 PM EDT

During this free, one-hour webinar experts from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and AARP will provide guidance on how to finance your small business. From writing a financial plan to determining sources of funding, get your questions answered. 
This webinar will include:


  • Estimating startup costs 
  • Types of funding sources, including from SBA 
  • Non-traditional sources of funding 
  • Meeting with a bank or credit union 
  • Financially sustaining your business

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Webinars | Affordable Care Act 101

SBA and Small Business Majority will host free Affordable Care Act 101 webinars 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 other Thursday at 2 PM ET.



Join us for the Affordable Care Act 101 webinars in Spanish once a month on Tuesdays at 4 PM ET. 



Searching For A Franchise? Don’t Complicate It

It’s easy to look for a franchise. It only starts to get difficult after you find one or two franchise concepts that actually make sense to you. Here's some insight from expert Joel Libava about finding the right franchise.

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Online Courses for "Encore" Entrepreneurs


  • Encore Entrepreneurs: An Introduction to Starting Your Own Business: Planning to start a business after earlier career endeavors? Learn how to use the skills and wisdom you have collected on your new entrepreneurial journey as you go from idea to business reality.
  • Encore Entrepreneurship for Women: This course is for women over the age of 50 who are interested in pursuing a second career and launching their own business. Get the resources you need to help you go from idea, to start up and beyond.



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:


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Online Training: Contracting for Veteran Entrepreneurs | Twitter Chat for Young Entrepreneurs | SBA & Yelp Webinars

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How to apply for a Disaster Loan


  • After a presidential disaster declaration, first register with FEMA. In most cases, you'll be referred to SBA for possible loan assistance. Then you should apply online, which is the fastest way to receive a decision about your loan eligibility.
  • Your loan processing is next. SBA will conduct a credit check and an onsite inspection to determine your losses. A loan officer will work with you to approve or decline a loan.
  • Within five days of signing SBA’s loan closing documents, your first disbursement is made. A case manager will work with you to meet all your loan conditions and schedule the rest of your disbursements until you receive the full loan amount.

SBA is here to help! Learn more about SBA's Disaster Assistance Program so you know about your financial options if a disaster strikes. Also here is a quick 2-minute Video to help you learn more

10 Ways to Maximize Your Home Office For Productivity | How to Get a Business Loan | Commonly Used Exporting Forms for Your Business

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#STEMforHer Twitter Chat | How to Buy an Existing Business | How to Calculate the Cost of Food for Your Culinary Business Venture

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