Tar Heel Newsletter -- April 2019

The Tar Heel Newsletter - North Carolina District Office - April 2019

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The North Carolina Small Business Awards

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Steven Ceccarelli, Owner of Farm Fresh Produce, Inc. in Faison, North Carolina has been named the 2019 SBA North Carolina Small Business Person of the Year.

Steven Ceccarelli, a Canadian immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen, is the sole owner and primary manager of Farm Fresh Produce, Inc. Prior to founding Farm Fresh, Steven worked in the family wholesale produce business in Canada after earning the Canadian equivalent of a two-year Associate degree in Business Management and Statistics. In 2004, Steven emigrated to the U.S. as an export consultant for a Mississippi firm seeking to start exporting sweet potatoes, advising small growers who lacked technical export skills. After four years in Mississippi, Steven moved to Faison, NC (population 961) to work for Southern Produce, where his primary responsibilities centered on export markets.

Mr. Ceccarelli started Farm Fresh Produce Inc. in 2010 as a produce marketing and selling company with six employees and corporate offices in Faison. In 2016, with a SBA 504 Expansion Loan through Self-Help Ventures Fund and the third party lender PNC Bank, the company renovated and converted a 20,000-square-foot building into packing facilities and constructed a curing barn on its 44-acre site.

Farm Fresh Produce had $23 million in sales last year, with approximately 95 percent of those sales being in sweet potatoes. The company now has 80 employees and operates two sweet potato curing, packing and storage facilities.


Other North Carolina Award Winners who will be honored during National Small Business Week:

North Carolina Exporter of the Year  – Jonathan Szucs, President, Advanced Superabrasives Inc.

B2B Instructor of the Year – Stuart Walters, Business Consultant, Women’s Business Center of Fayetteville



April is Financial Literacy Month

Financial Literacy Month

SBA’s Learning Center has many free online courses on topics such as financing your business, accounting and pricing. Click here for more information.



Training


SBTDC

Government Procurement Events & Webinars

The NC Procurement Technical Assistance Center provides a wide range of assistance to businesses not only through one-on-one counseling sessions, but webinars, classes, seminars and events as well.  Federal Certifications, Doing Business with the Navy, the Federal and Defense Textile Summit and are just a few of the upcoming events. Federal Proposal Writing will be offered at 7 locations starting April 30th.  Take a look at the following list of upcoming government procurement / contracting events and webinars here:  http://www.sbtdc.org/programs/ptac/events/    



Upcoming Webinars


Small Business Federal Certifications Workshop

Learn about the various federal certifications you may be eligible for to sell your goods and services. SBA will cover: Woman-Owned Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, Service Disabled Veteran Program, 8(a) Business Development Program, HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program.

When: May 14, 2019, 9am to 11am

Webinar Access:
Join by phone: +12027651264 (Dial-in Number) (United States)
Find a local number: https://dialin.lync.com/ce93c969-15b4-40a4-955a-df7f23cda5b2 Conference ID: 3766887
Join by web: https://meet.lync.com/sba123/econnel/NQRQ1LL3?sl=1
Conference ID: 3766887

See also www.sba.gov/nc and click on the events page to locate this event and the associated URLs.

Register


Other Contracting Vehicles

Attend a free webinar hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Join us to learn more about the variety of ways you can sell your goods and services to the federal government. The SBA will discuss some of the contracting vehicles utilized by the government to purchase goods from small businesses.

When: May 28, 2019, 10am to 11am

Webinar Access:
Join by phone: +12027651264 (Dial-in Number) (United States)
Find a local number: https://dialin.lync.com/ce93c969-15b4-40a4-955a-df7f23cda5b2
Conference ID:
3766887
Join by web: https://meet.lync.com/sba123/econnel/NQRQ1LL3?sl=1
Conference ID: 3766887

See also www.sba.gov/nc and click on the events page to locate this event and the associated URLs.

Register


Cybersecurity Workshop Training - DFARS 204.73 / NIST SP 800-171

Northrop Grumman, in collaboration with the USC Center for Economic Development, is offering free cybersecurity training to small businesses through an Air Force Small Business Office Mentor Protégé Program. This workshop is open to all small businesses. Advance registration is required.

When: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT        

Register


Small Business Federal Certifications Workshop

Learn about the various federal certifications you may be eligible for to sell your goods and services. SBA will cover: Woman-Owned Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, Service Disabled Veteran Program, 8(a) Business Development Program, HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program.

When: July 9, 2019, 9am to 11am

Webinar Access:
Join by phone: +12027651264 (Dial-in Number) (United States)
Find a local number: https://dialin.lync.com/ce93c969-15b4-40a4-955a-df7f23cda5b2 Conference ID: 3766887
Join by web: https://meet.lync.com/sba123/econnel/NQRQ1LL3?sl=1
Conference ID: 3766887

See also www.sba.gov/nc and click on the events page to locate this event and the associated URLs.

Register


Cybersecurity Workshop Training - DFARS 204.73 / NIST SP 800-171

Northrop Grumman, in collaboration with the USC Center for Economic Development, is offering free cybersecurity training to small businesses through an Air Force Small Business Office Mentor Protégé Program. This workshop is open to all small businesses. Advance registration is required.

When: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EDT    

Register    


New 8(a) Applications

Attend a free webinar hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Come join us to learn about the new process for applying to the 8(a) program. We will provide an overview of the new application process and answer questions you may have.

When: July 23, 2019, 9am to 11am

Webinar Access:
Join by phone: +12027651264 (Dial-in Number) (United States)
Find a local number: https://dialin.lync.com/ce93c969-15b4-40a4-955a-df7f23cda5b2 Conference ID: 3766887
Join by web: https://meet.lync.com/sba123/econnel/NQRQ1LL3?sl=1
Conference ID: 3766887

See also www.sba.gov/nc and click on the events page to locate this event and the associated URLs.

Register



Upcoming In-Person Workshops


Small Business Federal Certifications Workshop

Learn about the various federal certifications you may be eligible for to sell your goods and services. SBA will cover: Woman-Owned Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, Service Disabled Veteran Program, 8(a) Business Development Program, HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program.

When: June 11, 2019, 9am to 11am

In-Person Access/Location:
U.S. SBA North Carolina District Office
6302 Fairview Road Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28210
704.344.6563 / www.sba.gov/nc / NC@sba.gov

Event Registration, please go to www.sba.gov/nc and click on the events page to locate the event and to register

Register


8(a) Certification Workshop

This in-person workshop focuses solely on the 8(a) certification: its benefits, features and eligibility requirements.


When: August 13, 2019, 9am to 11am

In-Person Access/Location:
U.S. SBA North Carolina District Office
6302 Fairview Road Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28210
704.344.6563 / www.sba.gov/nc / NC@sba.gov

Event Registration, please go to www.sba.gov/nc and click on the events page to locate the event and to register

Register



Policy Notices


VA-verified Veteran Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) Access Surplus Government Property

Recently passed legislation will allow VA-verified Veteran Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) to access surplus Government property.  Link to the bill here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2679/text?format=txt . 

This program is still in the process of being implemented but will ultimately be overseen by GSA.  Information about accessing surplus property through GSA is here: https://www.gsa.gov/buying-selling/government-property-for-sale-or-disposal/personal-property-for-reuse-sale/for-state-agencies-and-public-organizations . 

Each GSA region has a surplus property manager and each GSA building has a surplus property contact. List of local POCs here: https://www.gsa.gov/node/2038 .



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