March 2013 Newsletter

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March 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, March 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 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. 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, March 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 new 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. Seating is limited & seminar is subject to change. Please call Elizabeth Soliz, Economic Development Specialist at 361-879-0017, Ext. 301 for reservations.

Learning the Basics of Starting a Business

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Tuesday, March 7, 2013

2:00 p.m. – 4:30 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 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Del Mar College Northwest Center, 13725 Northwest Blvd, Corpus Christi, Texas. Seating is limited & seminar is subject to change. Please contact Elizabeth Soliz, Economic Development Specialist at 361-879-0017, Ext. 301 for reservations.


Business Ownership & Franchising, is it for you?

Attention: Future Small Business Owners*

The U. S. Small Business Administration with invited guest:

FranNet

invite you to attend this informational workshop on:

Business Ownership & Franchising, is it for you?

Come Learn About:

Why people consider business ownership and what are the risks involved.

What is the best path: starting from scratch, buying an existing business or investing in a franchise?

The cost of business ownership, how money is made and kept in the business.

Why does franchise ownership work for people transitioning out of a regular job.

And:

The SBA and Franchising.

Is the franchise I’m looking into eligible for SBA backed financing?

Investigating before investing, what should I look for when deciding on a business franchise?

Come and take a short assessment to see what type of business owner you may be and what type of options may be the best fit for you.

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, March 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  fifth 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 or email at veronica.ortega@sba.gov


SBA Loan Eligibility & Business Plan Seminar

Friday, March 8, 2013

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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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 Developing Your Business Plan and 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. 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

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Tuesday, March 12, 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 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. 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.


Financing Options for Small Businesses

Are you interested in obtaining a business loan? Are you prepared to visit with your banker?

Find out the necessary information you’ll need prior to meeting with a lender.

U.S. SBA, ACCION Texas, and Bank of America will be present to answer any of your business questions.

Topics Include:

5 C’s of Credit Conventional Loans

Non-Conventional Loans SBA Guarantee & the significance of a Business Plan for financing

Registration required.

RSVP TO (956) 783-3448

March 13, 2013

2:00 pm-4:00 pm

San Juan Memorial Library

Multi-Purpose Room

1010 S. Standard

San Juan, TX

Fee: None!


SBA Loans, Small Business Plan, and Resources in Kingsville, Texas

Friday, March 14, 2013

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.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 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 8(a) Workshop

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Thursday March 14, 2013

1:00PM – 3:00PM

This workshop will be about SBAs primary certification program known as the 8(a) Business Development Program.  The orientation will be on 8(a) requirements and the application process. Also presenting is UTPA/Rio South Texas PTAC.  They will be presenting the State (HUB) program as well as PTAC Services.  

UTB/ITEC Building

301 Mexico Blvd

Rm. E-120

Brownsville, Texas 78520


Friday Informational Workshop

Friday, March 15, 2013

Registration: 8:45 a.m.

Seminar: 9:00 a.m.—10:00 a.m.

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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, March 15, 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 Loan Eligibility & Business Plan Seminar

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Friday, March 15, 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 Developing Your Business Plan and 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. Seating is limited & seminar is subject to change. Please call Elizabeth Soliz, Economic Development Specialist at 361-879-0017, Ext. 301 for reservations.


How to Apply for an SBA Loan for Your Small Business in Aransas Pass, Texas

Thursday, March 19, 2013

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be available in Ingleside to present a FREE seminar for startup or existing small businesses to explain SBA loan programs, and loan eligibility plus information on the application process and the free technical assistance from SCORE Corpus Christi & Del Mar College Small Business Development Center. The seminar is from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Aransas Pass Chamber of Commerce, 130 West Goodnight Avenue, Aransas Pass, TX.  Please call Elizabeth Soliz, Economic Development Specialist at 361-879-0017, Ext. 301 for an appointment.


SBA Available for Appointments in Ingleside, Texas

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be available to meet with startup or existing small businesses in Ingleside, 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 1:00 p.m.  – 3:30 p.m. at the Ingleside Public Library at 2775 Waco St., Ingleside, TX.  Please call Elizabeth Soliz, Economic Development Specialist at 361-879-0017, Ext. 301 for an appointment.


SBA Available for Appointments in Rockport, Texas

Thursday, March 21, 2013

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be available to meet with startup or existing small businesses in Ingleside, Texas to explain SBA's loan programs, eligibility, and FREE technical assistance from SCORE and the UHV Small Business Development Center.  Individual appointments are available from 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm at the Rockport Chamber of Commerce, 404 Broadway, Rockport, TX.  Please call Elizabeth Soliz, Economic Development Specialist at 361-879-0017, Ext. 301 for an appointment.


Tools and Resources for Entrepreneurs

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.

Thursday, March 21, 2013 & Wednesday, March 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


Meet & Greet/Mini-Matchmaking Event

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Thursday March 21, 2013

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

Meet & Greet/Mini-Matchmaking Event featuring IBWC (International Boundary Water Commission), will be from 9:00AM to 10:30AM, at the IBWC/Lower Rio Grande Valley, 325 Golf Course Road, Mercedes, Texas.  This event will provide small business participants with information on the general operations of IBWC, the requirements in doing business with IBWC and about contract opportunities with IBWC.   Representatives from IBWC will be available to meet with small business owners on one-to-one


Learning the Basics of Starting a Business in Alice, Texas

Tuesday, March 27, 2013

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

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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 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Alice Chamber of Commerce, 612 E. Main, Alice Texas. Seating is limited & seminar is subject to change. Please contact Elizabeth Soliz, Economic Development Specialist at 361-879-0017, Ext. 301 for reservations.


Opciones Financieras Para Negocios Pequeños

¿Busca préstamo para su pequeño negocio?

¿Está preparado para visitar con un banquero?

Entérese de los requisitos antes de hablar con un prestamista.

U.TexasU.S. SBA, ACCION Texas, , y Bank of America

estarán presentes para contestar sus preguntas.

Su Crédito Personal Prestamos Convencionales

Prestamos No-convencionales Prestamos Garantizados por el SBA

La importancia de tener un Plan de Negocios

Llama al (956) 783-3448

para inscripción.