SBA Tar Heel Business Briefs September 2017

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September 2017

SBA Tar Heel Business Briefs

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

September is National Preparedness Month


September marks the annual observance of National Preparedness Month (NPM), a campaign to encourage Americans to take preparation steps for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses, and communities. This year, NPM will focus on planning, with the theme “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” Taking action steps today ensures we are prepared for tomorrow.  We are all able to help first responders in our community by training how we respond during an emergency and what to do when disaster strikes — where we live, work, and visit.

“Preparation for disasters is a crucial element to protecting our businesses, families, and communities,” said SBA North Carolina District Director Lynn L. Douthett. “I encourage you to take the time to assess your level of preparedness for a natural disaster or other emergency situation. Having your contingency plan in writing helps you, your family, and your business reduce unintended consequences and risks. SBA offers resources for small businesses before, during, and after a disaster.”

Small business owners need a safety plan in place.  Evaluating their insurance coverage and tailoring it to the individual business is a must.  Take into consideration not only property damage, but loss of revenues and extra expenses that occur when business is halted by a disaster. Businesses need to employ various planning strategies to be prepared for the loss of sensitive data caused by computer hackers or human error by an employee.  Seeking advice from a data recovery specialist can save a small business from the excruciating pain of downtime, lost income, and possible fraud.

For more information on SBA preparedness resources, click here
Learn how to build an emergency kit at

Top Five Steps to Your Hurricane Harvey Recovery

by Linda McMahon


Over the past week, as the people of the Gulf Coast deal with the unprecedented effects of Hurricane Harvey, we have seen heartbreaking moments of tragedy, of lives lost, homes destroyed and neighborhoods left in ruin, as well as remarkable acts of heroism and compassion as the first responders and people of Texas and Louisiana help each other survive. I have visited Texas twice in the past week and want to extend to the Gulf community my thoughts and prayers, as well as my commitment to help them get their lives back in order through the resources available through the U.S. Small Business Administration. While FEMA addresses immediate needs like food, water and shelter in the aftermath of a declared disaster, the SBA is your partner for long-term recovery.

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SBA Loan Deferments for Businesses Affected by Hurricane Harvey

The SBA is offering loan deferments on existing loans to businesses and individuals in the counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. Read this policy notice for more details.

SBA is Hiring Staff to Help 

with Disaster Response

SBA is hiring temporary employees to assist with the agency’s disaster recovery efforts at several locations across the country.  Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have caused massive devastation, and the SBA is staffing up to respond to the increased flow of disaster loan applications from homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes.  

The temporary positions include:

  • Damage Verifiers/Construction Analysts
  • Lawyers, Paralegals and Legal Assistants
  • Loan Specialists
  • Customer Service Representatives and Public Information Officers
  • IT Specialists
  • Administrative Support Assistants

Most of the jobs are located at one of SBA’s disaster field operations centers in Sacramento, Dallas, Atlanta, Buffalo, or in the areas affected by the recent hurricanes. Bilingual language skills are a plus. Visit and click on the view jobs tab for details on the job descriptions, salaries, and how to apply.

SBA Seeking Public Comment


On August 15, SBA published a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comments on reducing regulatory burdens caused by SBA regulations.  Members of the public are invited to comment online at by clicking here.  Comments are requested on or before October 16, 2017.

SBA Appoints New Deputy Administrator Althea “Allie” Coetzee Leslie

Allie Coetzee Leslie graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1985 and subsequently received her MBA (Law) from National University, where she was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award (Criminal Law).

Ms. Coetzee Leslie transitioned into the Navy Reserve in 1993. In her civilian capacity, she has worked in both the public and private sectors in municipal and state government, retail distribution, medical device manufacturing, and the Department of Defense. She has also worked as a small business owner. She was most recently recalled to active duty in 2011 and until her confirmation served as the Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L). In this role, she facilitated the Under Secretary’s leadership of AT&L across the offices of five Assistant Secretaries of Defense, eleven directorates, and several defense agencies. 

upcoming events

Small Business Events
Mark Your Calendar!

This is a sample of small business events going on around the state. For additional events visit the SBA Event Calendar at

Government Certifications - Live in Charlotte or Webinar – FREE - Second Tuesday of Every Month   

The North Carolina District Office hosts this workshop from 9-11 a.m. every second Tuesday at 6302 Fairview Road, Suite 300, Charlotte. No RSVP needed - sign in at seminar.  Federal certifications to be discussed:  Woman-Owned Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran Program, 8(a) Business Development Program, and HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program.

If you can’t come in person, attend via phone and web.   Dial in: 888-858-2144.  
Log on:  
Meeting Access Code: 6906107#

SBA 8(a) & Government Contracting Webinars – Fourth Tuesday of Every Month

The SBA North Carolina District hosts a monthly workshop series on government contracting topics. 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 an SBA webinar on SBA Procurement Programs, Tools and Resources hosted by the North Carolina District Office.   If you are interested in discovering programs designed to enhance federal and non-federal procurement opportunities for your small business, you can learn how SBA can help. For a list of dates and topics, click here.  For more information, e-mail 

When:   Fourth Tuesday of the Month 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Call:       888-858-2144
Log on:    
Meeting Access Code: 6906107#   

Veterans in Agriculture        Fayetteville    September 26, 2017  

 As a veteran, you may be eligible for preferences, priorities, and incentives with USDA programs.  At this free event, you will learn about technical assistance, resources and farm loans for Veterans. 8:30 – 3:00 pm in the Shaw Auditorium at Fayetteville State University. To register, click here. 

Korea-North Carolina Investment Cooperation Forum      Durham         September 28

The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) and Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) will co-host an investment cooperation forum at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in Durham.  Participation is encouraged for North Carolina companies interested in potentially partnering with Korean companies in import/export capacities and/or Greenfield opportunities.  The forum is free of charge, and applicants will be taken on a first-come first-serve basis. Interested firms should contact Korey Howard at  

Boots to Business: Reboot                            Fayetteville                October 31, 2017

SBA is teaming up with local resource partners to offer a one-day entrepreneurial training class to all veterans looking to start or grow a business in Raleigh at the SBA Veteran’s Business Outreach Center at Fayetteville State University.

“Boots to Business: Reboot” provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge of the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private resources. Veterans and service members (including National Guard and Reserves) and their spouses are eligible. This course is taught by SBA and its partners who are skilled business advisors. Registration is required. Register online at  

For more information, please contact Tamara Bryant at or 910-672-1107.


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