SBA Portland District Office Newsletter - January 2013

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January 2013

Portland District Office Newsletter

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

Did you know?

The anticipated award price of contract thresholds for women-owned and economically disadvantaged small businesses were removed in National Defense Authorization Act of 2013.  

“This is great news for our women-owned small businesses here in Oregon,” said Acting District Director Robert DuCotè. “In FY11, there were $1.4 billion in federal contracting dollars spent in Oregon with $56.7 million going to women-owned small businesses in the state, this law will build upon that and expand opportunities for further growth.”

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The SBA, in conjunction with the White House's Presidential Innovation Fellows, launched a "beta" (pilot) version of RFP-EZ, a new online marketplace that streamlines government contracting, making it simpler for small businesses to find and bid on low-dollar contracts from federal agencies. The new program allows the government to source low-cost, high-impact solutions from innovative tech companies.

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SBA and AARP Present Encore Entrepreneur Business Forum

The Portland District Office and AARP will host an Encore Entrepreneur Business Forum on Feb. 12, 2013 at Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus. 

With one in four individuals ages 44 to 70 interested in becoming entrepreneurs, and 63 percent of Americans planning to work during retirement, small business ownership is a viable option.  Starting a small business may allow an individual to transform their hobby, interest or professional experience into an income.

Hear from experts, including Regional Administrator Calvin Goings, and learn about programs and resources available through the SBA and a network of partner organizations. Get tips on writing your business plan, ideas on seeking start-up capital and a chance to hear from other successful Encore Entrepreneurs.

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e200 Native returns to Portland

The SBA's Emerging Leaders (e200) Initiative is an intensive free training initiative to accelerate growth of high potential small businesses across the country.

The course includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time per participant and provides the opportunity for small business owners to work with experienced mentors, attend workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders and financial community.

Interested? Please contact Yuri.Dyson@sba.gov.

Upcoming Events

Oregon Native Procurement Outreach
1/31 - 9 a.m.-4 p.m., BG Plaza

Encore Entrepreneur Business Forum
2/12 - 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m., PCC Rock Creek

HUBZone/8(a) Certification Workshop 2/14 - 9 a.m.-11 a.m., ODS Tower  

Contract Negotiations Training
2/28 - 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., ODS Tower

First Quarter lending ahead of pace

In the Portland District, the U.S. Small Business Administration guaranteed $123.8 million in supported loans during the first quarter of fiscal year 2013, up 46 percent over the same period the year before.

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For more learning opportunities, visit sba.gov/or, bizcenter.org, mercycorpsnw.org, and scorepdx.org