What Your Lender Wants You to Know about Applying for an SBA Guaranteed Loan
Small business owners and entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their business often turn to the SBA to help them in obtaining needed capital. The SBA through its loan guaranty program is one method for a small business to obtain capital. >Read more
SBA Holds Successful Borrower Training in Columbia
On July 31, 2013, SBA participated in a free training event for 18 small business owners in Columbia, Missouri. District Director Dennis Melton gave an overview of SBA and its programs and services, Lender Relations Specialist Tom Daiber talked about SBA’s loan programs, and Senior Area Manager Bob Newman discussed SBA’s export finance programs and other international trade assistance. The event was hosted by Regional Economic Development, Inc., Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) and Enterprise Development Corporation. The event will be held quarterly at the SBTDC at 500 East Walnut in Columbia, MO.
If you are interested in scheduling a similar training in your community, please contact Tom Daiber at 314-539-6600 extension 236 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (Tom's new number will be 314-539-6614.)
FREE Workshops for Veterans, Reservists, Guard Members, and Families: Empowering Veterans, Inspiring Lives, Improving Our Community
SBA St. Louis District Office and the Veterans Business Resource Center (VBRC) will host a series of workshops for Veterans and family members. Presentations will include:
- Small Business Resources >Read more
Gary Alexander presents seminar on 8(a) Government Contracting
Free Monthly Seminars Offered on 8(a) Government Contracting Program
Gary Alexander, SBA St. Louis Business Opportunity Specialist, offers monthly seminars titled How to Win Government Contracts through the 8(a) Program. These seminars are designed for individuals interested in applying for 8(a) certification. If you would like to attend an upcoming seminar or would like to schedule a seminar in your community, contact Gary at email@example.com or 314-539-6600 extension 231. (Gary's new number will be 314-539-6612.) The next seminar will be on September 19 at 10:00 a.m. in our office.
Affordable Care Act: Fact vs. Fiction
In an effort to help small business owners navigate information on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or as it is often called, Obamacare, here are a few suggested websites to guide you through the transition. >Read more
SBA Sets Dates for Educational Healthcare Webinars for Small Business Owners
The U.S. Small Business Administration and Small Business Majority have set dates for a co-produced set of weekly Affordable Care Act 101 webinars to be conducted for small business owners until the opening of the new SHOP Health Insurance Marketplaces on October 1, 2013. > Read more
Q: How can I get certified as a small business?
The Federal government sets aside certain contract bid opportunities exclusively for small businesses. In order to compete for these contracts, you must first register as a vendor with the government.
As part of the registration process, you will be required to enter information about your company in the System for Award Management (SAM) database. In SAM, you may self-certify yourself as a small business, but you must meet the Federal government's definition of a small business.
Submit your Good Question to firstname.lastname@example.org. The answer will be published in an upcoming Gateway eGazette.
Beware of Scams
Small business owners often get calls, emails or letters from entities with motives that are far from altruistic. A good thing to keep in mind is that, "If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true." >Read more
SBA Website Spotlight
If you are a regular subscriber, you may know that SBA offers frequent webinars on disaster planning and recovery. SBA's website also contains a wealth of information on this topic. We recommend all business owners have a disaster plan in place as it could mean the difference between your business surviving or folding after a disaster--whether the disaster is a wide-spread natural disaster or a small local disaster like a fire. Start with http://www.sba.gov/content/disaster-planning for information on how to create your disaster plan.
What is HUBZone Certification?
Watch this short video to find out more about HUBZone certification and check out the HUBZone maps and HUBZone program information including requirements. If you still have questions, contact Patti Guttmann at email@example.com or 314-539-6600 extension 255. (Patti's new number will be 314-539-6615.)