Dakota Business | SBA Recognizes Eric Giltner as Boots to Business Instructor of the Year

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Dakota Business Newsletter May 21, 2019SBA Boots to Business Instructors of the Year 2019


Congratulations SBA Boots to Business Instructors of the Year!

Last week, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) honored winners of the 2018 "Boots to Business Instructors of the Year" awards. The awardees were recognized for their excellence in teaching the Boots to Business course at a an event in Washington, DC. This year's winners included Eric Giltner, one of our Senior Area Managers for the North Dakota District Office (pictured on the left).

"Our entire office is excited to see Eric get this well-deserved recognition," said SBA North Dakota District Director Alan Haut. "Eric does an outstanding job in working with our local veteran community year after year. He also served on a nationwide committee to rewrite the curriculum for the Boots to Business program. His impact is being felt across the nation."

Chosen from a pool of 27 nominees, the award recipients were selected based on best practices, planning and preparation, instructional methods and strategies, assessment and mastery, and leadership. To be eligible for a nomination, the instructor must be either an employee of the SBA or authorized resource partners (SBDC, SCORE, VBOC, WBC), and have participated as a Boots to Business instructor for at least one year.

Other winners include Will Katz, University of Kansas Small Business Development Center; Walt Abbott, Washington, D.C. SCORE; Steve Watts-Oelrich, Business Impact Veterans Business Outreach Center in Seattle, Washington; and Stuart Walters, CEED North Carolina Women's Business Center.

Additionally, five runners-up were named: Samuel Maldonado, SBA Puerto Rico District Office; Laurie Pieper, University of Kansas Small Business Development Center; Nick Collazzo, Delaware SCORE; Bob Rogers, Community Business Partnership Veterans Business Outreach Center in Springfield, Virginia; and Noela Napoleon, Women's Business Center/Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership, Hawaii.

Boots to Business is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the SBA as part of the Department of Defense's Transition Assistance Program (TAP). Boots to Business provides participants with an overview of business ownership and is open to transitioning service members (including National guard and Reserve) and their spouses.

Since being launched in January 2013, the SBA's Boots to Business program has served more than 86,000 transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses. The program is administered as a collaborative effort between SBA district offices and resource partners, which include VBOCs, WBCs, SCORE, SBDCs, and grant partners.

For more information about the program, visit www.sba.gov/BootstoBusiness.

Upcoming Events

May 23 Webinar - Art of Negotiation: 12 Techniques to Get the Best Deal for Your Business

Interested in getting the best deal possible for your business? Small business owners spend a large part of their day negotiating without even realizing it! Yes, most business owners believe they actively "negotiate" a few times a year on large contracts, employee hiring decisions, and other major events. However, the act of running a successful small business involves hundreds, if not thousands, of negotiating events each year. Join in this free SBA Webinar to learn how you can become a better negotiator and improve the bottom line of your business.

May 24 - SBIR Road Tour

Fargo, ND
The SBIR Road Tour connects entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to the country's largest source of early stage funding - the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Also known as America's Seed Fund, the SBIR/STTR programs provide over $3 billion in early stage funding to small businesses each year in a wide variety of technology areas such as unmanned systems, advanced materials, health, cybersecurity and defense.

June 4 Webinar - Commercial Item Contracting: A Simpler Way to Do Business with the Government

Over twenty years ago, the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA) was passed, ushering in what promised to be an easier way to do business with the federal government. A core focus of FASA was the commercial item regime, which encouraged agencies to obtain commercial products to meet their needs whenever possible. This session will look back at the much-ridiculed specification-driven regime and the resulting call for reform that led to the passage of FASA. Then, learn about the current regulations governing the acquisition of commercial items, including the multi-part definition of “commercial item,” and gain a clear delineation of which contract clauses are applicable and inapplicable to “commercial items” and “commercially available off-the-shelf items.” Explore other key aspects of commercial item contracting, including the solicitation process, use of past performance information, subcontracting issues, and the progress that has been made over the twenty years since FASA.

June 6 Workshop - ND/SD Border Sales Tax

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The North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner teams up once per year with the South Dakota Department of Revenue to hold a sales tax workshop for those who conduct business across the state border.


Find other small business workshops and events on our Small Business Calendar at www.sba.gov/nd