SBA Business Seminars and Workshops - January 22nd to February 8th

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SBA San Francisco District Office

January 22nd to February 8th, 2013

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), San Francisco District Office, offers a variety of classes on starting and growing a small business. Below is a list of classes that are being offered from January 7-25.  You can also find more information about events and workshops by searching the SBA San Francisco District Office online calendar and enter Zip Code 94105. Registration is required for all classes, events and workshops. Classes are held in the San Francisco SBA Entrepreneur Center, 455 Market Street, Suite 600, unless otherwise noted in the description.

Maintaining Tax Records

1/22 - Tuesday                   3:00 PM–5:00 PM

Learn the money-saving tax strategies of the pros in this fun interactive course, and learn how to effectively create the tax records necessary for proper IRS reporting. Receive a valuable overview of how to use technology to simplify your life with online banking and QuickBooks.  $25 registration fee. Presented by SF SCORE. 

Top 7 Characteristics of Successful Business Owners

1/22 - Tuesday                   6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Ever wonder what makes businesses succeed?  Looking at different businesses, a pattern emerges: owners of these companies – ranging from 1 person to 25 people or larger – share traits that allow them to be successful.  Curious about what those traits are?  This informative presentation reviews these characteristics, delving into each one to learn more about it. You, as a business owner, will have the opportunity to try these characteristics on, seeing which ones you currently employ and which ones you’d like to add to your way of being.  This promises to be a fun and interactive presentation – join us!

Rescheduled…..Creating and Using Your “Elevator Pitch”

1/23 - Wednesday             6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

How to Write an Independent Contractor Agreement

1/23 - Wednesday             6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Successful independent contractor project outcome often depends on establishing and documenting realistic expectations for contract scope, performance standards, and pricing.  This interactive workshop will guide you step by step through the process of creating a simple, generic independent contractor agreement that works.  Although taught by an experienced business attorney, this class does not constitute legal advice.  Presented by the San Francisco Community Business Law Center. 

HUBZone and WOSB Program Certifications

1/24 - Thursday                 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

This workshop will explain provisions of the HUBZone Program and the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program.  Eligibility requirements, application and certification will be explained.

SBA 8(a) Business Development Certification Workshop

1/24 - Thursday                 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

This workshop is for small firms owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals interested in being certified for SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program.

Choosing a Retirement Solution for Your Small Business

1/24 - Thursday                 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

The U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) will provide a presentation focused on choosing a retirement solution for your small business.  To ensure a financially secure future, it is critical to make the right choices.  We can help you start today.

QuickBooks Introduction

1/24 - Thursday                 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM

This overview will discuss setting-up, updating and running financial reports, and efficient procedures for entering your accounting data.  This is a hands-on workshop. Participants should have complete Basic Bookkeeping Part I or be familiar with the concepts covered in that workshop.  $65 registration fee.  Presented by SF SBDC.

Kick Starting Success – Part One

1/25 - Friday                        8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

The nation's largest owner and operator of neighborhood and community shopping centers, has partnered with the San Francisco Small Business Development Center (SF SBDC) to offer this value-packed program assisting attendees develop detailed business goals and plans, source adequate funding, and articulate their steps to success. Attendees who attend all three classes and complete a business plan will be eligible for consideration for one year free rent and other benefits through the critical startup years.   $50 registration fee for the entire 3-part series.    

How to Start and Manage a Small Business

1/28 - Monday                     8:30 AM – 5:00 PM            

This is a comprehensive and unique one-day seminar for both prospective and current business owners who want to gain a better understanding of what they need to know and do to succeed in their business. Learn best practices and insider tips as a moderator and industry experts guide you through the basics of:  Business Plans, Insuring Against Risk, Accounting, Legal Structures, Marketing & Sales, and Financing.  $75 registration fee (One Partner or Co-worker may be included at no additional cost.).  Presented by SF SCORE.

CA Food Handler Training and Exams – In Spanish

1/28 - Monday                     8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

CA Food Handler Training and Exam for Spanish speakers hosted by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association in partnership with San Francisco Department of Environmental Health.  For more information or to register, contact the Golden Gate Restaurant Association at 415-781-5348, Ext 2.

Export Management

1/28 - Monday                     6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

This class will provide an overview of export requirements for selling outside USA, either through the internet or by any means.  Foreign employees in the USA and overseas, including offices or operations will be discussed. 

How to Sell to the Government

1/29 - Tuesday                   9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Learn the six simple steps to get started, purchasing practices, how to register with various government agencies, how to identify your target market, where to find procurement opportunities, the bidding process, certifications vs registrations and how to market to the government. $30 registration fee. Presented by SF SBDC.

Intermediate QuickBooks

1/29 - Tuesday                   1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Topics include payroll, setting preferences, restoring files, and list maintenance including chart of accounts. Participants should have completed Basic Bookkeeping Part I and Introduction to QuickBooks or be familiar with the concepts in these workshops.  $65 Registration fee.  Presented by SF SBDC. 

Success Strategies for Buying, Selling and Financing a Business or Franchise

1/29 - Tuesday                   3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Learn how to reduce your risk and improve your chances of success in buying or selling a franchise or existing business. This workshop covers the steps necessary for you to succeed working with professionals, and using simple research and qualification techniques. Topics include:  Choosing the Right Franchise or Business, Positioning Your Business for Sale, Buyer and Seller Financing.  $35 registration fee.  Presented by SF SCORE.

Small Business Taxes

1/30 - Wednesday             3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Save money on your taxes by learning the IRS rules and regulations that apply to small-business owners, and get answers to your tax questions in this informative, interactive live seminar covering tax deductions, incorporations, LLCs, and commonly used tax strategies.   $25 registration fee.  Presented by SF SCORE.

Learn How to Measure Social Media Marketing Effectiveness

1/31 - Thursday                 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

In this class, you will learn tips and guidelines for choosing the best social media marketing tools to drive sales and engagement.; how to use simple metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of your social marketing efforts. How to create a measurement dashboard that makes sense for your business and successfully integrates traditional with social media metrics and the importance of maintaining a constant drumbeat of social media activity.  $40 registration fee. Presented by SF SBDC. 

Kick Starting Success – Part Two

2/1 - Friday                          8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

The nation's largest owner and operator of neighborhood and community shopping centers, has partnered with the San Francisco SBDC to offer this value-packed program assisting attendees develop detailed business goals and plans, source adequate funding, and articulate their steps to success. Attendees who attend all three classes and complete a business plan will be eligible for consideration for one year free rent and other benefits through the critical startup years.   $50 registration fee for the entire series - call the SF SBDC at 415-841-4052 for more information. 

Introduction to Labor and Employment Law

2/4 - Monday                       6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Creating a fair, positively empowering and rewarding environment for your employees, while managing the legal risks and obligations of being an employer in California, is a tough balancing act for small-scale employers.  This workshop will provide a broad general introduction to labor and employment law from the EMPLOYER perspective, and point you to resources for the next steps in your business plan.  Although taught by an experienced business attorney, this class does not constitute legal advice.  Presented by the San Francisco Community Business Law Center. 

Understand the Financial Structure of Your Business

2/5 - Tuesday                      9:00 AM – 1:00 PM                            

Success in business requires sound financial planning and the establishment of realistic goals. This seminar enables you to develop an understanding of the financial parameters of your company and provides the tools for making the best financial and planning decisions. The following topics will be covered: Startup Costs; Sales Forecasting; Operating Expenses; Cash Flow; Breakeven Analysis; Financial Reports.  $45 registration fee.  Presented by SF SCORE.

Cyber Liability Training

2/5 - Tuesday                2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The number of data breaches and privacy losses, as well as the costs of complying with customer notification requirements and restoring compromised systems, continues to increase steadily. Even Companies with strong security and privacy controls are not immune from cyber extortion or the actual theft or damage of data by external or even internal parties.  To Register, call 415-781-5348 ext 2

Music Publishing in Plain English

2/5 - Tuesday                      6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Geared toward musicians, songwriters, and other music industry aspirants, covering basic terms and concepts, such as copyright protections & registration, songwriting collaborations, publishing contracts, licensing agreements, and a breakdown of various music publishing income streams (including mechanical royalties, ASCAP/BMI/SESAC, synchronization deals, digital opportunities and more)..

Building and Managing Online Sales and Marketing Channels – “A Common Sense Approach"

2/5 - Tuesday                      6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Online sales and marketing are essential tools for today's businesses, yet they are often difficult to understand and expensive to implement, manage, and maintain.  Learn the fundamental components of online sales and marketing; how to identify and measure their business value; learn ideas on how to set up an effective online presence that can be managed without technical knowledge, allowing you to control costs and focus your resources on sales and marketing rather than IT.

Free and Low Cost Resources for Your Business

2/6 - Wednesday                               9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Representatives from SBA, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, the San Francisco Public Library Small Business Center, SCORE, San Francisco Small Business Development Center, and AnewAmerica will discuss the resources available to new and existing entrepreneurs.

Starting a Business in San Francisco

2/6 - Wednesday               11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Hear directly from San Francisco officials.  How do you obtain permits?  How do you register your business name? Learn what the City can do for you in this one-stop seminar.

Financing Your Business

2/6 - Wednesday                               1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Discover the right way to seek SBA financing for your business and learn how to save energy, costs and financing with Energy Star programs. SBA, the San Francisco Small Business Development Center, and TMC Working Solutions will discuss loan proposal requirements, financing options, and SBA loan programs.  The Environmental Protection Agency will explain how to save energy and cost while protecting the environment, getting started, financing, savings opportunities, calculating savings and greening your business. 

Business Law Basics

2/6 - Wednesday                               3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

An experienced business lawyer will discuss Choice of Legal Entity (corporations, LLC, partnership, etc.); Intellectual Property; Employee issues; and Real Estate issues.   This class does not constitute legal advice.

It's H-1B Visa Season!  What Every U.S. Employer Needs to Know About Hiring Foreign Professionals and Other Workers

2/6 - Wednesday                               6:00 PM – 7:30 PM 

This presentation will explain U.S. work visa and green card processes from the employer's perspective, with special focus on the H-1B professional visa category available April 1, 2013.

Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar

2/7 - Thursday                    9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

This seminar guides participants through the basis of that preparation.  Subjects include determining independent contractor versus employee, withholding taxes, deposits and completing the proper forms.  This class is presented by a representative of the IRS and the California EDD Tax Office.   Register at http://www.edd.ca.gov/Payroll_Tax_Seminars/ or call   866 873-6083.

 Finding Venture Capital for Your Business

2/7 - Thursday                    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

An experienced business lawyer will discuss the process of seeking Venture Capital funding, including how to tell when you’re ready to talk to Venture Capitalists, how to find your Venture Capitalist, the dos and don’ts of presenting to Venture Capitalists, and how a typical Venture Capital deal is structured.  This class does not constitute legal advice.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel

2/7 - Thursday                    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

We’ll cover set up, updating and maintaining spreadsheets, creating equations and functions, generating graphs, charts, and more.  This is a hands-on workshop. Participants should be familiar with basic computer functions.  $40 registration fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

Kick Starting Success – Part Three

2/8 - Friday                          8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

The nation's largest owner and operator of neighborhood and community shopping centers, has partnered with the San Francisco SBDC to offer this value-packed program assisting attendees develop detailed business goals and plans, source adequate funding, and articulate their steps to success. Attendees who attend all three classes and complete a business plan will be eligible for consideration for one year free rent and other benefits through the critical startup years.   Call the SF SBDC at 415-841-4052 for more information and registration fee.

SBA Resource Partners Present:

 Online Business Prep Class

1/26 - Saturday   10:00 AM - 1:00 PM or

1/29 - Tuesday   6:30 PM - 9:30 PM or

3/6 - Wednesday   6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center online business prep class can help you turn your ideas into concrete steps for starting or growing your own thriving small business!  Renaissance Online is an instructor-led twelve (12) session class held once a week via WebEx.  You’ll learn business skills, build networks, and receive the expert feedback needed to start and grow your business.  You will need:  a Personal Computer (PC) with an Internet connection, a telephone and, most of all, a burning desire to become a successful entrepreneur.  For more information and registration fee visit www.rencenter.org/online  or contact Letitia Goodjoint at help@rencenter.org or (415) 541-8580 Ext. 203.

Start Your Own Fashion Business - 1st Class of 6-part Series

2/6 - Wednesday                               6:00 PM - 9:00 PM             

Six-part series on Starting a Fashion Business - Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, Women's Business Center, presents a series of classes that will help you in:  defining your market (type of garment, who will wear it, price range); identifying your unique selling point, setting your clothing prices; how to sell to boutiques, department stores and large retailers, what to be aware of when choosing a manufacturer; refining your vision and outlining a big picture plan for the future and more.  Class meets from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Wednesdays beginning February 6 and subsequent classes on February 13, 20, March 6, 13, and 27th.  Cost is $120 for all six classes which are being conducted at the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center-SOMA, 275  5th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.  For more information, call 415-348-6248 or email pconnelly@rencenter.org

Diversity Alliance for Science - “Lice Sciences in the WEST is Diversity at its BEST”

2/15 – Friday       10:00AM – 6:00PM

Join us for our 1st Annual WEST COAST Event
Don’t miss the battle of the COASTS!

East Coast (DA4S)Life Science Conference has sold out year after year.
• Only venue where diverse Life Sciences vendors can meet with big pharma’s stakeholders in an intimate venue at a subsidized cost.
• Only place where “Movers and Shakers” in Healthcare and Clinical Research always attend -- all in one place, all in one day.
• Only conference where networking is done in a non-traditional and effective way!
• Only conference where WON contracts are tracked and celebrated!

Don’t miss YOUR West Coast opportunity to:
Speak directly to High-level Pharma Executives • Meet with Life-Sciences Thought-Leaders and Mentors
• Converse with Government Officials • Encounter relevant learning opportunities to grow your business
• Network with proven diverse suppliers and buyers in the Life Sciences industry
• Collaborate with industry Thought-Leaders • Rally with Supplier Diversity representatives and more!!!!

OUR PURPOSE AND MISSION IS CLEARLY A WIN! WIN!
Diversity Alliance for Science, Inc. is a non-profit organization aimed to support, develop & connect women/minority/ veteran/GBLT suppliers in the Life Science industry, to Pharmaceutical, Bio-Tech, Healthcare Companies, who understand the importance of doing business with diverse firms who mirror their customer base and desire, to procure innovative products and services to help increase market share and/or stockholder value.
COST PER PERSON: $100.00 (Limited seats available!) This includes Lunch, Workshop, Expo & our Cocktail Networking Reception

Please visit our website for further information:  www.diversityallianceforscience.com  or contact Dee Knopp with any questions at 661-993-9390. Follow us on Facebook:  www/facebook.com/diversityallianceforscience.

Location: Marriott, San Francisco Airport Hotel, California - ONE DAY ONLY!

San Jose Entrepreneur Center Classes

Successful Business Plans

1/24 – Thursday                1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

This seminar is a building block for any small business owner or entrepreneur in search of a simple and sure-fire way to understand the fundamentals of writing an excellent business plan for their specific business. The business plan is the foundation for profitable growth, raising capital, communicating with employees, vendors and customers. Without one, the business simply isn't being well managed and won't be successful. This seminar is a must for businesses in all industries, of all types and at all stages of development. 

Fee: $35 online; $45 at door, check or cash only
Location: San Jose Entrepreneur Center, 100 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA, 95113
For registration: http://svsbdctraining.eventbrite.com/
Contact Information: Client Services Coordinator, clientservices@svsbdc.org, 408-351-3600

Accessing Debt and Equity Capital

1/31 – Thursday                1:00PM to 4:00PM

This seminar is a must for any business owner interested in securing debt or equity financing. You will learn how capital providers evaluate you and your business. Gain awareness of what type of financial information capital providers want you to provide. Understand the difference between debt and equity and which might be better for you. Learn how to make yourself stand out to capital providers in a tough economic environment.
Our seminars fill up quickly, so online registration is requested. 

Cost: $35 online; $45 at door, check or cash only
Location: San Jose Entrepreneur Center, 100 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA, 95113
For more information: http://svsbdc.org
For registration: http://svsbdctraining.eventbrite.com
Contact Information: Client Services Coordinator, clientservices@svsbdc.org, 408-351-3600

Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar

2/7 – Thursday   10:00AM to 4:00PM

This class guides participants through the basics of the payroll tax preparation. Subjects include determining independent contractor versus employee, withholding taxes, deposits and completing the proper forms. Presented by the IRS and the California EDD Tax office.  No Fee.
Location: San Jose Entrepreneur Center, 100 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA, 95113
For more information: http://www.edd.ca.gov/eddtrainb.htm 
For registration: http://www.sanjoseecenter.org
Contact Information: Emily Navarra-Refugio, emily.navarra@sba.gov, 408-351-3661

Quick Books - Serie de talleres Gratuitos

Esta Serie presentara 3 talleres enfocados en diferentes que lo introducirá a el programa de contabilidad Quickbooks.

La Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Silicón Valley Ofrece herramientas para organizar su negocio

Introduccion a QuickBooks Primera parte 2/12 – Martes      6:00-8:00pm

Pro/Premier, Funciones Enterprise, navegando QuickBooks, emprezas nuevas,Establesca Clientes, Merchantes y empleados. Añada Productos y Servicios. Añade el Saldo Inicial. Añade Cuentas de Banco.

Registrese: http://seriequickbooksparte1de3.eventbrite.com 

Introduccion a Quickbooks Segunda Parte 2/26 - Martes       6:00pm-8:00pm

Estados Financieros -Trabajar con listas y elementos--Clientes proveedores cuentas

Registrese: http://seriequickbooksparte2de3.eventbrite.com 

Introduccion a Quickbooks Tercera Parte 3/5 – Martes         6:00pm-8:00pm

Temas especiales -NSF-cheques sin suficientes fondos, Depositos de clientes,Tarjetas de Credito, Fondo para gastos menores, Exporte Reportes de Excel, Servicios publicos, Informes personalizados , cuentas de Clientes y proveedores.

Registrese: http://seriequickbooksparte3de3.eventbrite.com 

Estos servicios están disponibles libres de costo.
Para Obtener mas información favor de llamar a la

Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Silicón Valley-100 East Santa Clara Street-San José, CA (408) 248 4800

Location:  Biblioteca Doctor Robert Cruz-Alum Rock, 3090 Alum Rock Ave, San José, CA 95127

Startup Boot Camp: Kick Starting Success

2/22 – Friday       8:30AM to 5:00PM

The Silicon Valley SBDC and Kimco Realty, the nation's largest owner and operator of neighborhood and community shopping centers, seek entrepreneurs with new concepts to apply to the new KEYS (Kimco Entrepreneurs Year Start) Program. KEYS: - Places qualified applicants into existing Kimco shopping centers with 1 year free rent (standard NNN fees apply) - Assists in store selection in such cities as Cupertino, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, San Jose, and San Francisco - KEYS Info: www.kimcokeys.com
Increase your success by participating in the "Startup Boot Camp". This 3-day seminar assists with business plan development, access to capital, and preparation for a Kimco application. Boot Camp topics: - Business plan components & operating procedures - Marketing, sales & promotion - Expenses, budgeting & financials - Startup paperwork (business licenses, reseller permits) & legal entities. 
Space is limited. The cost is $50. Lunch and coffee included.
Location: San Jose Entrepreneur Center, 100 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA, 95113
Cost: $50 online, includes lunch
For more information: http://svsbdc.org

For registration: http://svsbdctraining.eventbrite.com

Contact Information: Client Services Coordinator, clientservices@svsbdc.org, 408-351-3600

Our South Bay Resource Partners Presents

A weekly feature of small business community events offered by our resource partners, other organizations and group outside the San Jose Entrepreneur Center.

Marketing on the Internet  - Beat Competition and Grow Your Business

1/22 – Tuesday                  5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

This class covers key topics for creating and marketing a professional business web site for visitors and search engines. The class reviews best practices for ecommerce and secure web sites, social media marketing options, search engine optimization, pay per click advertising, affiliate marketing and optimal web marketing strategies based on performance testing, analytics and determining return on investment (ROI).   

Fee:  $45.00
Location: Silicon Valley SCORE, 234 East Gish Road, Suite 100, San Jose, CA, 95112
For registration: http://www.svscore.org  
Contact Information: Silicon Valley SCORE, Info@svscore.org, 408-453-6237

Social Media Marketing for Small Business Success - Use Social Media to Grow Your Business

1/24 – Thursday                6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

This class provides a review of the essential strategies and best practices that a business should understand to successfully get started with social media marketing. You will learn what social media marketing really is and why it’s important, how to work with network tools, and find out what businesses are doing to drive sales and engagement. You will leave this class with real-world insights and knowledge, which you can out to work immediately, to help your business succeed. 

Fee:  $45.00
Location: Silicon Valley SCORE, 234 East Gish Road, Suite 100, San Jose, CA, 95112
For registration: http://www.svscore.org
Contact Information: Silicon Valley SCORE, Info@svscore.org, 408-453-6237

Nonprofit Management - Nonprofit Financials

1/28 – Monday                    8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Budgeting, cash flow, financial analysis, and tax matters.

Fee: $10.00
Location: Silicon Valley SCORE, 234 East Gish Road, Suite 100, San Jose, CA, 95112
For registration: http://www.svscore.org
Contact Information: Silicon Valley SCORE, Info@svscore.org, 408-453-6237

Taxes and the Small Business - Income Tax Basics for Small Business

1/30 – Wednesday            5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

As a small business owner, knowing the basics of taxes will help save you money and potentially keep you out of trouble. In this class we will discuss different forms of business entities and their tax consequences, and how to maintain tax records. 

Fee:  $45.00
Location: Silicon Valley SCORE, 234 East Gish Road, Suite 100, San Jose, CA, 95112
For registration: http://www.svscore.org
Contact Information: Silicon Valley SCORE, Info@svscore.org, 408-453-6237

Successfully Buy/Sell a Small Business

2/5 – Tuesday                     5:00PM to 8:00PM

Avoid Pitfalls This course covers topics such as basics of evaluating business, reading and understanding financial statements, determining verifiable owner income, steps involved in developing a purchase agreement, due diligence, escrow and transfer of title, and negotiating a non-adversarial contract. 

Fee:  $45.00
Location: Silicon Valley SCORE, 234 East Gish Road, Suite 100, San Jose, CA, 95112
For more information: http://www.svscore.org
For registration: http://www.svscore.org
Contact Information: Silicon Valley SCORE, Info@svscore.org, 408-453-6237

Legal Issues for Small Business - Protect Your Business

2/7 – Thursday                   5:00PM to 8:00PM

Protect Your Business This class covers the legal topics that small business owners need to know to protect their businesses such as obtaining proper licenses and permits, negotiating leases and contracts, treatment of employees and others who work for them, buying/selling agreements, and treatment of intellectual property.  

Fee:  $45.00
Location: Silicon Valley SCORE, 234 East Gish Road, Suite 100, San Jose, CA, 95112
For more information: http://www.svscore.org
For registration: http://www.svscore.org
Contact Information: Silicon Valley SCORE, Info@svscore.org, 408-453-6237

SBA News

SBA Announces Changes to Contracting Program for Women-Owned Small Businesses

Women-owned small businesses will have greater access to federal contracting opportunities as a result of changes included in the National Defense  Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA) to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program.  The NDAA removes the anticipated award price of the contract thresholds for women-owned small businesses (WOSB) and economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSB) to allow them greater access to federal contracting opportunities without limitations to the size of the contract.  For more information on the Women-Owned Small Business Program or to access the instructions, applications or database, please visit www.sba.gov/wosb  (1/17/2013)

SBA Presidential Innovation Follows Launch Innovative Online Contracting System: RFP-EZ: 

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in conjunction with the White House’s Presidential Innovation Fellows, today launched a “beta” (pilot) version of RFP-EZ, a new online marketplace that streamlines the government contracting process, 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.  A limited number of low-dollar contracts through RFP-EZ are now available at http://rfpez.sba.gov.  If successful, the pilot will be expanded to include more contracts for a more diverse group of innovative startups.  RFP-EZ represents a unique opportunity for innovative startups to easily access the federal government marketplace and, in turn, help fuel job growth throughout the country.  RFP-EZ also will enable the federal government to secure better and less expensive products and services, saving taxpayer dollars and improving results delivered.  For more information, visit www.sba.gov/news  (1/17/2013)

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Date: 1/18/13 Author Information: Emily Navarra-Refugio emily.navarra@sba.gov