Tar Heel Newsletter -- June 2019

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

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8(a) Business Development & Recruitment Summit

Summit

The federal government purchases $600 billion in goods and services each year. Five percent of those purchases are to go to socially disadvantaged small businesses. The SBA 8(a) program can help your firm as a socially disadvantaged small business tap into these contracting opportunities.

Click here to see if you meet the basic eligibility criteria for 8(a)

Join us for a special 8(a) recruitment summit in Charlotte to learn how 8(a) can benefit your firm in the federal contracting arena.

When: Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Summit Location: Morrison Regional Library 
                             7015 Morrison Blvd 
                             Charlotte, NC 28211

REGISTER


Local business counselor wins national award for classes on Fort Bragg

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Stuart Walters receives the SBA Boots-to-Business Instructor of the Year award for 2019 at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) headquarters in Washington, D.C. from SBA Acting Administrator Chris Pilkerton, right, and Associate Administrator for the Office of Veterans Business Development Larry Stubblefield, left.


During a ceremony on May 14, 2019 at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) headquarters in Washington, D.C., local business counselor Stuart Walters was recognized as the SBA’s Boots-to-Business Instructor of the Year for 2019.

As a business counselor with the Women’s Business Center (WBC) at the Center for Economic Empowerment and Development (CEED) located in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Walters has been a regional resource and advocate for individuals looking to improve their business skills for more than four years. On average, he teaches between 15 and 18 Boots-to-Business classes per year on Fort Bragg. Each of his classes is comprised of service members and veterans endeavoring to grow their skills, knowledge and resources to advance business plans and concepts. Walters was selected as a result of his sustained excellence in teaching the Boots-to-Business course.

“Stuart receiving the SBA 2019 Boots-to-Business Instructor of the Year award recognizes all the hard work he has put into making the program a success,” said JurLonna Walker, director, Women’s Business Center Fayetteville. “There is a huge need for financial assistance in our area, and he is a key source for that information”.

With a background in banking, Walters brings over 30 years of financial experience to the WBC and into the classroom.

Boots-to-Business is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the SBA as part of the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program. The course provides an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals. Active duty service members (including National Guard and Reserve), veterans of all eras, and spouses are eligible to participate. For more information on the Boots to Business program visit https://sbavets.force.com/s/.



SBA Investing in Maker Space:
Creating a Skilled Workforce

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By Ashley D. Bell, Region IV Administrator
U.S. Small Business Administration

Covering: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

Makerspaces are located in every corner of the world, creating an opportunity for entrepreneurs to thrive using their own innovative techniques. There are nearly 500 official makerspaces designated in the SBA’s Southeast Region, and each one brings an opportunity for training and educating a skilled workforce and adding jobs to our ever-growing economy. And the U.S. Small Business Administration is launching a new competition that will invest in their continued success.

We have heard about makerspaces for a few years, but what are they really? A makerspace is a community area that contains innovative tools and components, allowing people to enter with an idea and leave with a complete project. The space must be either open to the public or available for outside partnerships. The goal is to work together to learn, collaborate and share creative products. Maker spaces allow us to explore, create new things, or improve things that already exist. A space may include 3-D printing, hardware, software, metal-working, handicrafts, design thinking, repurposed trash, farming, etc. The opportunities are endless. By utilizing these spaces, communities are able to build new skills and boost jobs that provide a pathway into America’s middle class.

The SBA is investing in the success of makerspaces through the new MaTCH (Makerspace Training, Collaboration and Hiring) competition. It will award $1 million in total prizes to applicants who will create or expand programs with job-specific and soft skills training within existing makerspaces. This means the SBA is investing in a skilled workforce of the future. The goal is to have all program graduates immediately placed in positions with previously identified employers that need skilled labor.

The MaTCH competition’s winning proposals will be selected based on the following tiered approach:

  • Seed: Up to $25,000 will be awarded to seed small workforce development programs.
  • Proof of Principle: Up to $100,000 will be awarded to grow programs with a proven history of training and/or workforce development.
  • Scale: Up to $200,000 will be awarded for capacity building of successful existing programs with a strong history of training and/or workforce development. This winner would also have graduated participants in at least two training cycles.

To apply and to find detailed information on this competition, please visit www.sba.gov/match or click here. In today’s booming economy, our nation’s employers are searching for qualified workers to fill the increasing amount of positions currently available. This pilot competition will help empower a stronger connection between the makerspace’s community and job creation, and ultimately provide an added economic boost to communities across the Southeast.



MaTCH Pilot Competition

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In today’s booming economy, our nation’s employers are searching for qualified workers to fill the increasing amount of positions currently available. That’s why the U.S. Small Business Administration has announced the Makerspace Training, Collaboration and Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot Competition which seeks to address the job skills and placement gaps faced by U.S. businesses. MaTCH will provide funding to create or expand programs with job-specific and soft skills training within existing makerspaces. The SBA will award up to $1 million in total prizes to fund selected winning proposals. The submission period runs from May 21, 2019 and ends on July 8, 2019. Winners will be announced on August 6, 2019.

For more information visit: https://www.sba.gov/match



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SBA updates to your phone

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Here’s how it works:

  • Text “SBA” to GOV311 (or 468311)
  • Within moments, you will receive an automatic response from SBA containing a link to subscribe
  • Click the link and input your email address and zip code

Or you can visit www.sba.gov/updates to sign up.



Upcoming Webinars

On-Line Government Contracting Training

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For questions contact Phyllis Embree or Chris Strudthoff at sbaworkshops@stoverteam.com or (770) 423-9888.

For Course Details and to Register visit http://sbaworkshops.stoverteam.com


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, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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

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 a.m. to 6 p.m.    

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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, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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

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

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Export Compliance Training

Participants will learn about the new export security requirements for all exporters. They will have an 11-point checklist to guide them to full compliance on every export. They will become aware of the required 7 lists that must be checked on all exports, and understand what common red flags mean. They will review the 5 questions that they are required to know about their customer in every export transaction and discuss strategies on how to implement these into their organizations. They will walk away that day with a better understanding of the regulations and with specific tools and instructions on how to begin building a secure and compliant department and company.

When: July 16, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In-Person Access/Location:
East Carolina University
Willis Auditorium in the Willis Building
300 East First Street
Greenville, NC 27858

Seating is limited, and registration is required. The registration fee of $250 will be waived for NC companies who apply & qualify for a free seat through the STEP Program. Companies can register up to 2 employees. Participants will be surveyed 6-12 months later.

To register contact Jen Vogelsberg at jen.vogelsberg@edpnc.com or (919) 447-7778


Export Management Compliance Training

An EMCP is an all-encompassing customized, written system that guides your company to be in full compliance on every export. Generally, an EMCP can be broken down into at least 3 elements, administrative, order processing, and screening. An EMCP will need to be customized to your product, customers, countries of destinations, and a list of other factors. A critical part of an EMCP is the creation of export controls within your company. They provide the checks and safeguards at key steps in the order processing system. These checks ensure that the right questions are being asked, at the right time, to comply with all US export controls.

When: August 6, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In-Person Access/Location:
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
NC Research Campus
399 Biotechnology Lane
Kannapolis, NC 28081

Seating is limited, and registration is required. The registration fee of $250 will be waived for NC companies who apply & qualify for a free seat through the STEP Program. Companies can register up to 2 employees. Participants will be surveyed 6-12 months later.

To register contact Jen Vogelsberg at jen.vogelsberg@edpnc.com or (919) 447-7778



Policy Notices


Proposed Rule regarding
Women-Owned Small Business and Economically
Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business


The SBA is proposing to amend its regulations to implement a statutory requirement to certify Women-Owned Small Business Concerns (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business Concerns (EDWOSB) participating in the Women-Owned Small Business Contract Program.

FR Document:
2019-09684

Citation:
84 FR 21256
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Pages 21256-21267 (12 pages)
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Policy comments must be received on or before July 15, 2019.

For more information visit Small Business Administration



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