SBA Tar Heel Business Briefs February 2017

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February 2017

SBA Tar Heel Business Briefs

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

Linda McMahon Confirmed By Senate as SBA Administrator

The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s nomination of Linda E. McMahon as the 25th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

“Small businesses are the engine of our national economy,” McMahon said upon her confirmation. “I will work to revitalize a spirit of entrepreneurship in America.  Small businesses want to feel they can take a risk on an expansion or a new hire without fearing onerous new regulations or unexpected taxes, fees and fines that will make such growth unaffordable.  We want to renew optimism in our economy.”

In testimony on January 24 before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, McMahon discussed her hands-on 

McMahon is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Women’s Leadership LIVE, as well as the co-founder and former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment.  She was the Republican nominee to represent Connecticut in the U.S. Senate race in 2010 and 2012 elections.  McMahon is an advocate for small business and continues to promote entrepreneurship, particularly among women.

McMahon is a graduate of East Carolina University. She and her husband, Vince, have two adult children and six grandchildren.

To view McMahon’s Statement to the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship click here.

Nominate a North Carolina Small Business Advocate Today!

Each year since 1963, the President of the United States has designated a National Small Business Week.  The highlight of Small Business Week activities is the presentation of awards at the state and national levels.  The 2017 Small Business Week celebration will honor the small business community's many contributions to the American economy and society.  National Small Business Week will be observed April 30 - May 6, 2017.

In addition to Small Business Person of the Year, the North Carolina District Office recognizes champions who have advocated on behalf of 1) veteran business owners, 2) women business owners, and 3) minority business owners.

These advocates are individuals who have fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of women, veteran or minority business ownership. 

SBA also recognizes Individuals who assist small businesses through advocacy efforts to increase the usefulness and availability of accounting or financial services.

Nominees may or may not be small business owners.


1. Efforts to increase business and financial opportunities for women, veterans or minorities.

2. Legal, financial or managerial assistance provided to enhance business ownership.

3. Voluntary efforts to strengthen the role of business owners within the community.

4. Advocacy of the women, veteran or minority-owned business community as a whole, not solely for individual personal advancement.

Click here to find out what each nomination package must contain.

Nomination packages must hand delivered to the North Carolina District Office in Charlotte or postmarked by March 7, 2017.  For more information contact Mike Ernandes at 704-344-6588.

Veterans Business Outreach Center Entrepreneur Boot Camp Application Deadline February 22

The VBOC at Fayetteville State is offering the Entrepreneur Boot Camp March 13-16, 2017. This is a four day integrated training program for veterans, guard, reserve, or spouses. The curriculum will cover critical success areas for new and early stage ventures.  An online self-study is required before the training.  After the Camp, participants receive 10 months of ongoing counseling.  Deadline to apply is February 22.  Once accepted, participants will complete the online class from 2/27 – 3/3.  Boot Camp is March 13 – 16 at Fayetteville State University.  The Course is free, though lodging and transportation are not included. Applications are online at or call Sarah Espinosa at 910-672-2683.

NC District Office Offers Contracting Workshops Each Month

Did you know that the federal government is the world’s largest buyer of goods and services, spending over $500 billion every year? Would you like to find out how your business can access the federal marketplace? Attend either our workshop or webinar each month.

Small Business Certification Workshops are held the second Tuesday of the month. Learn about the various certifications and how to use them to spell out success for your business. Learn how to get certified and why it matters.   Held in the district office, the workshop is from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., 6302 Fairview Rd. Ste. 300, Charlotte NC, 28210.  Registration: Erin Connell, 704-344-6590 or

Business Development and Government Contracting Webinars are held the fourth Tuesday of the month.  This series covers SBA’s contracting programs, plus tools and resources for business development.  Topics change monthly. If you have questions, contact Erin Connell at 704-344-6590 or


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