February 2013 Newsletter

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February 1, 2013

Lower Rio Grande Valley District & Corpus Christi Branch Office Newsletter

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

BDMIS – The Electronic 8(a) application

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will conduct a FREE seminar to explain the 8(a) Business Development Program’s ‘on-line’ application and process for eligible small businesses.  The 8(a) Business Development program is an agency program to help disadvantaged small businesses gain a foothold in government contracting opportunities.  The seminar will provide information and instruction to help eligible small businesses apply for the 8a program certification.  The seminar is from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the SBA Office, 3649 Leopard Street, Suite 411, Corpus Christi, TX 78408. Seating is limited & the seminar is subject to change. Please call Elizabeth Soliz, Economic Development Specialist at 361-879-0017, Ext 301 for reservations.

Wednesdays w/ Women at SBA - Woman Owned Small Business Certification Explained

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will conduct a FREE seminar to explain the Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) Contracting Program to help women-owned small businesses in targeted industries compete for federal contracts.  The SBA loan program will also be discussed to assist small businesses with access to capital. The seminar is from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the SBA Office, 3649 Leopard Street, Suite 411, Corpus Christi, TX 78408. Seating is limited & seminar is subject to change. Please call Elizabeth Soliz, Economic Development Specialist at 361-879-0017, Ext. 301 for reservations.

Filing Requirements for Starting a Business

Attention: Future Small Business Owners*

The U. S. Small Business Administration in cooperation with:

Texas State Comptroller’s Office and Cameron County Clerk’s Office

invite you to attend this informational workshop on: 

Filing Requirements for Starting a Business

Come Learn About:

  • Your responsibilities as a taxpayer, is your business required to have a tax permit and what you need to apply.
  • Seller and purchaser responsibilities, collection and remittance of tax and reporting periods.
  • Records required and how to keep accurate records.
  • Resale and Exemption certificates, the use of each certificate and how to complete it.

And:

  • Filing of your assumed name certificate, why is it important and how is it used.
  • Duration of each certificate and fees.
  • What do I have to do if I decide to close down my business?

Plus so much more! Now is your chance to get answers from the experts! Come prepared with questions and best of all it’s FREE!  But hurry and register now because seating is limited!

Friday, February 8, 2013

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

SBA Conference Room

2422 E. Tyler Avenue, Suite E.

(Gas Light Center Plaza)

Harlingen, TX  78550

*The fourth in a series of interesting topics to assist in our mission to help Americans start, build and grow businesses.

For reservations or for more information, please call Veronica Z. Ortega at (956) 427-8533 ext. 233


SBA Loan Eligibility Seminar

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Friday, February 8, 2013

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) conducts a FREE seminar for startup or existing small businesses to explain SBA loan programs, and loan eligibility plus information on FREE technical assistance from SCORE Corpus Christi & Del Mar College Small Business Development Center. The seminar is from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. at the SBA Office, 3649 Leopard Street, Suite 411, Corpus Christi, TX 78408. Seating is limited & seminar is subject to change. Please call Elizabeth Soliz, Economic Development Specialist at 361-879-0017, Ext. 301 for reservations.


SBA Federal HUBZone Contracting Program Explained

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will conduct a FREE seminar to explain the Federal HUBZone Certification Program for small businesses seeking contracts with federal agencies. The seminar will provide information about the program’s eligibility, and the application process.  Information will also be available on PTAC, a local resource providing FREE counseling to small businesses seeking federal contracts.  The seminar is from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the SBA Office, 3649 Leopard Street, Suite 411, Corpus Christi, TX 78408. Seating is limited & seminar is subject to change. Please call Elizabeth Soliz, Economic Development Specialist at 361-879-0017, Ext 301 for information and reservations.


SBA Loans, Small Business Plan, and Resources

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will conduct a FREE seminar for startup or existing small businesses to explain SBA loan programs and eligibility, small business plans, and resources, plus information on FREE technical assistance from SCORE Corpus Christi & Del Mar College Small Business Development Center. The seminar is from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce, 635 E. King, Kingsville, TX 78363. Seating is limited & seminar is subject to change. Please call Elizabeth Soliz, Economic Development Specialist at 361-879-0017, Ext. 301 for reservations.


SBA Loan Eligibility Seminar

Friday, February 15, 2013 

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will conduct a FREE seminar for startup or existing small businesses to explain SBA loan programs, and loan eligibility plus information on FREE technical assistance from SCORE Corpus Christi & Del Mar College Small Business Development Center. The seminar is from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the SBA Office, 3649 Leopard Street, Suite 411, Corpus Christi, TX 78408. Seating is limited & seminar is subject to change. Please call Elizabeth Soliz, Economic Development Specialist at 361-879-0017, Ext. 301 for reservations.


Friday Informational Workshop

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Registration: 8:45 a.m.

Seminar: 9:00 a.m.—10:00 a.m.

Location: SBA Office, 2422 E. Tyler St., Suite E

(Gaslight Center Plaza) Harlingen, TX

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will conduct a FREE informational workshop Friday, January 18, 2013 for startup or existing small businesses.  Come learn about SBA loan eligibility, current popular SBA loans, and how you can receive free technical assistance from SCORE, SBDC, and our many other resource partners.

For more information or for reservations, please call Veronica Padilla at (956) 427-8533 ext. 233

Seating is limited and seminar is subject to change.


SBA Available for Appointments in Aransas Pass

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

10:00 am – 12 Noon

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be available to meet with startup or existing small businesses in Aransas Pass, Texas to explain SBA's loan programs, eligibility, and FREE technical assistance from SCORE Corpus Christi & Del Mar College Small Business Development Center.  Individual appointments are available from 10:00 am – 12 Noon pm at the Aransas Pass Chamber of Commerce, 130 West Goodnight Avenue, Aransas Pass, TX 78336.  Please call Elizabeth Soliz, Economic Development Specialist at 361-879-0017, Ext. 301 for an appointment.


SBA Available for Appointments in Ingleside

Thursday, February 19, 2013

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be available to meet with startup or existing small businesses in Rockport, Texas to explain SBA's loan programs, eligibility, and FREE technical assistance from SCORE Corpus Christi & University of Houston - Victoria Small Business Development Center.  Individual appointments are available from 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm at the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, 319 Broadway Street, Rockport, TX.  Please call Elizabeth Soliz, Economic Development Specialist at 361-879-0017, Ext. 301 for an appointment.


SBA Available for Appointments in Rockport

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be available to meet with startup or existing small businesses in Rockport, Texas to explain SBA's loan programs, eligibility, and FREE technical assistance from SCORE Corpus Christi & University of Houston - Victoria Small Business Development Center.  Individual appointments are available from 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm at the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, 319 Broadway Street, Rockport, TX.  Please call Elizabeth Soliz, Economic Development Specialist at 361-879-0017, Ext. 301 for an appointment.


SBA 8(a) Business Development Program Workshop

Thursday, February 21, 2013

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will conduct a FREE seminar to explain the 8(a) Business Development program eligibility for small businesses seeking federal government contracts.  The 8(a) Business Development Program provides business assistance for small disadvantaged businesses compete in the market place. Prerequisites include at least 2 years in business, a product or service to sell to federal agencies, registration in GSA’s System for Awards Management (SAM) database and a DUNS number.  Eligibility for this certification will be discussed along with information on FREE technical assistance available from UTPA Rio South Texas Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). The seminar is from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Rio Grande Valley Partnership Chamber of Commerce, 322 S. Missouri Ave., Weslaco, TX 78596, Seating is limited & seminar is subject to change. Please call Gilbert Soliz, Business Opportunity Specialist at 956-427-8533, Ext. 228 for reservations.


SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program Certification

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Friday, February 22, 2013

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will conduct a FREE seminar to explain the 8(a) Business Development program eligibility for small businesses seeking federal government contracts.  The 8(a) Business Development Program provides business assistance for small disadvantaged businesses to compete in the market place. Prerequisites include at least 2 years in business, a product or service to sell to federal agencies, registration in GSA’s System for Awards Management (SAM) database and a DUNS number.  Eligibility for this certification will be discussed along with information on FREE technical assistance available from Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). The seminar is from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the SBA Office, 2422 E. Tyler Street, Suite E, Harlingen, Texas .Seating is limited & seminar is subject to change. Please call Maria G. Perez, Lenders Relations Specialist at 956-427-8533, Ext. 242 for reservations.


Opening Doors to Federal Government Contracting

Friday, February 22, 2013

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will conduct a FREE seminar to explain federal government contracting and the process of getting started in Federal Government Contracting. Small Businesses will learn a step by step approach for becoming a federal contractor or subcontractor. The seminar will discuss SBA’s government contracting initiatives to strength small businesses’ ability to win federal contacts as well as local counseling resources and SBA loan programs that can help position a small business for government contracting throughout the federal government opportunities and SBA’s certification programs to help small businesses seeking contracts with the Federal Government.  The seminar is from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the SBA Office, 3649 Leopard Street, Suite 411, Corpus Christi, TX 78408. Seating is limited & seminar is subject to change. Please call Elizabeth Soliz, Economic Development Specialist at 361-879-0017, Ext 301 for information and reservations.


Learning the Basics of Starting a Business

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will participate in partnership with the Del Mar College Business Resource Center (BRC)  in this FREE seminar for startup or existing small businesses to explain SBA loan programs, and loan eligibility plus information on FREE technical assistance from SCORE Corpus Christi & Del Mar College Small Business Development Center. This seminar is designed for entrepreneurs who have never owned a business. A wide variety of business planning tools will be provided to assist the new business owner. Susana Martinez from the Business Resource Center at Del Mar College and Elizabeth Soliz from the U.S. Small Business Administration will present. The seminar is from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Sinton Chamber of Commerce, 218 W. Sinton Street, Sinton, Texas 78387Seating is limited & seminar is subject to change. Please contact Elizabeth Soliz, Economic Development Specialist at 361-879-0017, Ext. 301 for reservations.


Business Start-up & Financing Options

  • Thinking of starting a business but don’t know where to start?
  • Want to understand how credit issues can prevent you from getting the financing you need?
  • Need to know where to go for technical or financial assistance to get you started?
  • Do you want to expand your business or need working capital?
  • Are there other programs available to assist me? 

Come get the answers to these and other questions you might have!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Harlingen Public Library

410 76 Drive

Harlingen, TX 78550  

For reservations or for more information please call:

Veronica Z. Ortega at (956) 427-8533 ext. 233 or

Edna Leal at (956)216-5822. 


Tools & Resources for Entrepreneurs Workshop

Workshop Highlights

  • Permits
  • Licenses
  • Agencies to Contact
  • Financing Options
  • Loan Requirements

Guest speaker: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Technical Assistance & Training Availability!

SBA Loan Guaranty Programs, including Eligibility & Use of Proceeds & the Basics of Government Contracting.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

9:00 am-11:00 am

RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

3313 N. McColl Road, McAllen, TX

RSVP TO (956) 928-0060 or Veronica Z. Ortega at (956) 427-8533 x 233


Training and Networking Breakfast for Women in Business

Thursday, February 28, 2013

7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will participate in this training and networking breakfast for women in business to explain SBA loan programs, and loan eligibility plus information on FREE technical assistance from SCORE Corpus Christi & Del Mar College Small Business Development Center. This networking event is designed for startup and existing small business. Elizabeth Soliz from the U.S. Small Business Administration will present. The event is from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at the Del Mar College SBDC, 3209 S. Staples St., Room 106, Corpus Christi, Texas. Please contact Elizabeth Soliz, Economic Development Specialist at 361-879-0017, Ext. 301 for reservations.


SBA 8(a) Business Development Program Workshop

Thursday, February 28, 2013

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will conduct a FREE seminar to explain the 8(a) Business Development program eligibility for small businesses seeking federal government contracts.  The 8(a) Business Development Program provides business assistance for small disadvantaged businesses compete in the market place. Prerequisites include at least 2 years in business, a product or service to sell to federal agencies, registration in GSA’s System for Awards Management (SAM) database and a DUNS number.  Eligibility for this certification will be discussed along with information on FREE technical assistance available from UTPA Rio South Texas Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). The seminar is from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 3313 N. McColl Rd., McAllen, 78501.  Seating is limited & seminar is subject to change.  Please call Gilbert Soliz, Business Opportunity Specialist at 956-427-8533, Ext. 228 for reservations.