Tarheel Business Briefs December 2012

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December 2012

Tar Heels Business Briefs

Brought to you by the SBA North Carolina District Office

Time is close at hand, Nominate Someone for NC Small Business Person of the Year! 

Please consider nominating or submitting a nomination package for the Small Business Person of The Year Award.  Each year since 1963, the President of the United States has designated a National Small Business Week.  The highlight of Small Business Week activities is the presentation of awards at the state and national levels.  The 2013 Small Business Week celebration next year will honor the small business community's many contributions to the American economy and society.   

 “You can be part of this celebration by nominating an outstanding small business owner in your community for one of these awards,” said SBA North Carolina District Director Lynn Douthett.  

 Karen Caruso was named the 2011 NC Small Business Person of the Year.  “This award has given my company the validation that all small businesses could benefit from. There was some media attention written concerning the award around the state as well as some national exposure that has generated sales for the company. I treasure the many friends that I made while attending the award ceremony in Washington, DC and have been able to capitalize on the networking opportunities that were also presented there. Mind Your Business, Inc. has also been selected to appear on the White House Small Business website that is currently being constructed. This has been a very gratifying experience for me and I look forward this exposure has provided for us!” 

Nomination packages must be:

received at the North Carolina District Office in Charlotte
or submitted online at the The Small Business Week Awards Nomination Portal on or before January 3, 2013.   

Click here for information on the award and submission requirements.

Thank you for helping small businesses in North Carolina. 

Veterans, Service Disabled Veterans, Guard and Reserve, Separating Active Duty Personnel, or Spouses

If you are considering opening a business in the near future, or if you have a business now and need professional assistance, you are invited to a FREE EVENT

The Entrepreneur Boot Camp for veterans (EBC)

The EBC is free to eligible veterans who are selected for the program. Parking, breakfast, lunch, and all resource materials for the Boot Camp are provided at no cost. Travel and lodging costs are not included.

The costs of the EBC are underwritten by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Bank of America, with operations and program development provided by the Veterans Business Outreach Center and the School of Business and Economics at FSU. If you are interested in attending, or know someone who may be interested, apply online. Applications are online at www.fsuvboc.com and are being accepted until January 18, 2013!

For more information, email or call Sarah Espinosa at (910) 672–2683. 

SBA Prepared to Counsel Small Businesses on Ice Due to the NHL Lockout

With the National Hockey League lockout approaching its fourth month and small businesses across the country on ice, the SBA is prepared to help the affected local businesses.  In the 23 cities that host NHL teams, SBA representatives will be reaching out over the coming weeks to business owners to provide counseling sessions and help businesses work through this difficult time.

Through resource partners like SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and Veterans’ Business Outreach Centers, SBA has a network of counselors who are ready to lend a hand to small business owners in the affected areas.  The cities SBA will be targeting include Anaheim, CA, Boston, MA, Buffalo, NY, Chicago, IL, Columbus, OH, Dallas, TX, Denver, CO, Detroit, MI, Los Angeles, CA, Nashville, TN, New York, NY, Newark, NJ, Philadelphia, PA, Phoenix, AZ, Pittsburgh, PA, Raleigh, NC, San Jose, CA, St. Louis, MO, St. Paul, MN, Sunrise, FL, Tampa, FL, Uniondale, NY, and Washington, DC.

Toys For Tots Campaign SBA Charlotte NC

Lt. Colonel Castellano (right) and Staff Sgt. Gillie (left) of the U.S. Marine Corps visit the SBA North Carolina District Office in Charlotte to pick up the toys collected for the annual Toys for Tots Campaign.

Each year the SBA partners with the local office of the U.S. Secret Service to assist with this worthy cause to help children during the holiday season.

Thanks to SBA Program Support Assistant, Celia Rolls for coordinating the effort.