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September 2012

Montana District Office Newsletter

Brought to you by the U.S. Small Business Administration

Tell us Your Story: New SBA Platform Lets Small Businesses Tell Their Stories

Everyone has a story, and now the U.S. Small Business Administration is giving entrepreneurs a new online platform to share their stories and showcase their successful and thriving businesses. 
 
SBA today launched “Small Business Owners Speak,” an interactive platform featuring videos by entrepreneurs from across the country who have started or grown a business with the help of the SBA.  The videos will be featured at www.sba.gov/stories
 
“I have the great privilege of meeting small business owners from across the country as I travel every week. But now, thanks to ‘Small Business Owners Speak,’ you can hear their stories, too,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills. “This page will highlight the voices of successful small business owners who have started or grown a business thanks to help from the Small Business Administration.” 
 
The page features videos submitted during SBA’s 2012 National Small Business Week video contest.  But to help reach out to more small business owners, SBA has opened “Small Business Owners Speak” to other entrepreneurs interested in submitting a video to be featured at  www.sba.gov/stories.  More information about the video submission process can be found on the same page.  
 
The page features a map of the United States that allows users to click on videos by state or by using the drop-down menu and searching for videos by topic, such as capital, counseling, federal contracting or disaster loans.

Payments On the Go – Turning Your Mobile Device Into a Cash Register

Have you considered dispensing with your cash register or offering more flexible payment options for your customers?
 
If you’ve ever purchased anything from an Apple store, you’ll recall that they don’t have a single cash register on the premises. Instead, all payment transactions are conducted by Apple’s employees using mobile devices.
 
But Apple isn’t the only one in on the act. More and more small business owners are turning to mobile payment platforms on site and on the road. And with smartphone use at an all-time high, new technology is making it much easier for small business owners to process credit card payments via smartphones and tablets.

SBA Disaster Loans - Montana Declarations

Did you know SBA provides low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery & equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster?
 
View the current Presidential and SBA Agency disaster declarations for Montana at http://www.sba.gov/content/recent-disaster-declarations.
 
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
 
Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or visiting SBA’s Web site at http://www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.  Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. 

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