SBA Portland District Office Newsletter - October 2012

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October 2012

Portland District Office Newsletter

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

Portland District Office loan dollars set record in fiscal year 2012

The Portland District Office set a new record in supporting loan approval dollars of $428.7 million during fiscal year 2012, up from $390 million in 2011.

“In the Portland District, this was the SBA’s largest loan volume year ever in dollar terms,” said Acting District Director Robert DuCotè. “Aligning with the national trend, the Portland District loan totals for FY 2012 benefited substantially from an increase in 504 loans, particularly refinancings.”  

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Secrets to Success for your Veteran Owned Business

Just a few days before Veterans Day on Nov. 6, the Southwest Veterans' Business Resource Center will be holding a workshop in Vancouver, Washington.  The day-long workshop will provide information and tools to help veteran owned businesses grow and succeed.

SBA Director of Veterans Programs Stan Fujii will be speaking about available and upcoming SBA programs specifically for veteran business owners.  

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SBA and Microsoft team up for Portland Tweetup

SBA and Microsoft will team up for a Tweetup at Migration Brewing Company to discuss small business innovation opportunities on Nov. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.  A Tweetup is an event where people who tweet come together to meet in person, allowing them to share more than just 140 characters at a time. The event is open to the general public, including non-tweeters interested in learning more about business resources.

Sean Greene, who heads up SBA’s startup division in Washington, DC, will provide remarks as well as Dr. Mark Drapeau, the director of innovative engagement at Microsoft.

 The Tweetup will provide entrepreneurs insights and updates into the $2.5 billion in annual federal funding for small business research, innovation, and technology transfer.

The Associate Administrator will be in Portland to deliver the keynote address at the upcoming National Small Business Investment Research (SBIR) Conference, Nov. 13-15. 

Watch your email for more information and a registration link for the Tweetup.

Mark your calendar for Small Business Saturday

Make sure and reserve Saturday, Nov. 24, for this year's Small Business Saturday.  It's a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for the community.  Please join us and other organizations across the country in supporting small businesses by shopping at a local small business here in Oregon and SW Washington. 

Upcoming Events

11/6 - Secrets to Success for your Veteran Owned Business

11/13- Tweetup with Associate Administrator Sean Greene

11/13-11/15 - National SBIR/STTR Conference

11/24 - Small Business Saturday

Learning Opportunities

Business Plan: Your Roadmap to Success
11/8 - 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., George Fox University

Successful Online Marketing
11/29 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m., George Fox University

Going International for the Small Business Owner
11/8 - 6-9 p.m.,
Mercy Corps NW

Obtaining Affordable Health Insurance
11/13 - 6-7:30 p.m.,
Mercy Corps NW

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