Straight Talk 2013
Aspiring or existing entrepreneurs are invited to attend Straight Talk 2013 a Small Business Assistance Conference on Saturday, January 26 from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center located at 153 Franklin Street in Buffalo, New York.
Representatives from over 20 local organizations will assist small businesses and be available to counsel and educate small business owners or potential owners.
Small Business owners will attend the introductory session “Business Basics” and choose from two additional seminars throughout the day. Topics at this event include: Make Yourself Credit Worthy, Accessing Business Opportunities through SBA 8(a), DBE and MWBE Certification, Show Me the Money, Business Assistance for Veterans, Navigating Your Business Through Taxes & Permits, We Did It! You Can Too! and Marketing Your Small Business.
Registration and information can be viewed at: Striaght Talk 2013
Small Business Week Nominations for 2013
Do you or someone you know have what it takes to become America’s “Small Business Person of the Year” for 2013? If so, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) wants to hear from you.
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. As you might know, 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’s Buffalo District Office will take the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from within one of the counties served by the Buffalo District Office. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness. *
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Getting Disaster Help from SBA
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
♦ SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, non-profit organizations.
♦ SBA disaster loans are the primary source of money to pay for repair or replacement costs not fully covered by insurance or other compensation.
♦ Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence.
♦ Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property.
♦ Businesses may borrow up to $2 million for any combination of property damage or economic injury (financial losses).
♦ SBA offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private, non-profit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.
THREE WAYS TO APPLY TO SBA
♦ You may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
♦ Individuals and business owners who sustained losses should first apply for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
♦ Apply in person at any Disaster Recovery Center or Business Recovery Center to receive personal, one-on-one help from an SBA Representative.
For information or to find a location near you, call SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or visit our website at: www.sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf and hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339.
Additional Disaster information available at Disaster Assistance