Seattle SBA Reporter February 2013

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February 2013

Seattle SBA Reporter February 2013

Brought to you by the U.S. Small Business Administration Seattle District Office

SBA Seattle District Office Will Host the 2013 Small Business Awards Gala May 9

Small Business Person of the Year

SBA Annual Small Business Awards Gala - a BIG night for small business

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - The Museum of Flight, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This celebration is a result of the SBA's 2013 Small Business Person of the Year and Champion Awards competition. The gala includes a reception, dinner and awards ceremony.

Small business fuels our economy and creates jobs and opportunities for Americans. Please join us as we celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and achievements of our Washington state winners.

For more information about registration or the event, please call Sherry Mina at 206-553-7316 or email her at

SBA Launches Affordable Care Act Web Page & Blog

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today launched a new web page and blog dedicated to educating small business owners about the Affordable Care Act. The new tools will serve as a gateway for small business owners connecting them with information provided by SBA’s federal partners responsible for implementing the law, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“The Affordable Care Act provides small business owners with access and opportunity to provide affordable health care options for their employees,” said SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills. “SBA’s new Affordable  Care Act web page and blog will serve as a resource for small business owners who want learn more about how to take advantage of these benefits.”

The Affordable Care Act has many beneficial measures specifically for small businesses, including slowing premium cost growth and increased access to quality, affordable health insurance. SBA’s new web page,, breaks down the key provisions of the Act based on business size in the following categories: self-employed, fewer than 25 employees, fewer than 50 employees and more than 50 employees. 

> Read more about the Affordable Care Act release

Supporting A Small Business Makes For A Great Valentine's Day Treat

My Sweet Little Cakes

My Sweet Lil Cakes opened their mobile food cart doors for the first time in Seattle on Valentine's Day, creating a new craving for sweet cakes and showcasing how assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration and its resource partners can make any entrepreneurial dream come true.

SBA Seattle District Office's resource partner Greater Seattle SCORE provided key guidance, information and recommendations to My Sweet Lil Cakes throughout the startup process. “Through free business advising and start-up classes thanks to Greater Seattle SCORE, My Sweet Lil Cakes can develop into a thriving mobile food restaurant that serves a niche market in Seattle," said SBA Seattle District Office Director Nancy Porzio.

> Read more about My Sweet Lil Cakes


Small Business State and Local Tax Workshop

Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Email or call 206-553-7310 to register.

SBA Loan Briefing

Feb. 28, from noon to 1 p.m. Email or call 206-553-7310 to register.


The SBA Seattle District Office has three new staff members who are ready to assist you in your small business needs. Please welcome:

Desiree Albrecht serves as the District Support Assistant. She joined the SBA team in December 2012.

Lorin Smith is the Public Information Officer and Veterans Business Development Officer. He started in January 2013.

Melanie Forthun is our new Economic Development Specialist and serves as the Emerging Leaders Program Manager. She started in February 2013.