SBA Columbus District July Updates

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Columbus District Office

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Seven Ways to Start Your Business Continuity Plan

Disasters don't plan ahead, but you can. Protect your business today.
  1. Determine your greatest risk potential. Assess property damage risks.Make structural upgrades that can prevent possible damage.
  2. Establish your Power Needs. Have an electrician determine your power needs and find out if you can bring in a generator.
  3. Create a communications plan. Establish an alert system to keep your employees and key stakeholders in the loop. Make sure you can access your business website and social media accounts remotely or by mobile device so you can post your operating status.
  4. Prepare your supply chain.  Develop relationships with alternative vendors. Create contact list for important business contractors and vendors you plan to use in an emergency.
  5. Make sure you have enough insurance to recover. Contact your insurance agent to find out if your policy is adequate.
  6. Protect your critical data in the Cloud.  All your electronic records and invoices are safe and available, even if a disaster wipes out your own data center.
  7. Test the plan.  Doing annual drills with your staff will show you what’s effective and where your preparedness plans need fine-tuning.

Report: Central & Southern Ohio Small Businesses Received $2.2 billion in Federal Contracts in FY 2018

Government Procurement Score Card

 The U.S. Small Business Administration’s release of the Fiscal Year 2018 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard shows a record-breaking $120.8 billion in prime federal contracts – 25.05% of the federal contracting dollars - were awarded to small businesses.  Small businesses in SBA’s Columbus District Office area, which covers 60 counties in central and southern Ohio, received $2.2 billion in federal contracts.

 “The accomplishments here in the Columbus District are a direct result of our continuous government-wide focus on increasing small business contracting opportunities. This focus starts at the top with the President’s commitment to small businesses and funnels through to our field offices’ outreach efforts focused on helping them start, grow and expand,”SBA’s Great Lakes Regional Administrator Rob Scott said.

The value of a federal contract is illustrated by Columbus-based John Cecil Construction’s success in recent years. In 2018, owner Frank Harris secured a $434,300 federal contract with the Ohio National Guard. As a result of its work with the U.S. government, John Cecil Construction, which is in a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), has brought revitalization to the area, generating 15 local positions that include estimators, project managers and construction workers.

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Upcoming Events

July 12 Doing Business with the Government & Private Sector

11:00 a.m., The Destiny Center, 1561 Old Leonard Ave., Columbus

July 18 Contacts to Contracts

7:30 a.m., Smith Atrium at Williams College of Business, Xavier University: 3178 St. Francis Xavier Way, Norwood

July 24 Financial Statements

11:00 a.m., SBA Columbus District Office, 401 N. Front St., Suite 200, Columbus

July 29 Small Business Federal Government Contracting Certifications

10:00 a.m.,   Middletown Chamber of Commerce, 1500 Central Ave., Middletown

July 30 Bid, Size & NAICS Code Protests

10:00 a.m., SBDC at Columbus State Community College, 320 N. Grant Ave., Room 1068, Columbus

July 30 Business Teaming in Federal Contracting

1:30 p.m., SBDC at Columbus State Community College, 320 N. Grant Ave., Room 1068, Columbus

July 31 Let’s Talk About Waze & Quickbooks

11:00 a.m., SBA Columbus District Office, 401 N. Front St., Suite 200, Columbus