SBA Columbus District August Updates

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SBA celebrates 66 years of powering the American Dream

SBA Celebrates 66th Anniversary

President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Small Business Act on July 30, 1953, creating the SBA. For the past 66 years, the Agency has linked entrepreneurs to the funding, counseling and mentorship they need to succeed. It has also connected small businesses to opportunities for government contracts, including this year’s record of over $120 billion worth of federal contracts. And of course the Agency is also committed to providing low-interest loans to people affected by declared disasters.

As we mark SBA’s birthday, we celebrate all of the entrepreneurs and small businesses that have gotten SBA assistance and utilized those resources to become the innovators and job creators of our communities – they employ half our nation’s workforce and create two out of every three net new jobs in the private sector. They are also the glue that holds communities together. They give neighborhoods their character, sponsor the Little League teams and place ads in the high school yearbooks. And in times of trouble or tragedy, it’s often the small businesses that step up to meet the needs of their neighbors.

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Best Hiring Practices: What You Can and Can’t Ask a Job Applicant

SBA resource partners provide business consulting, mentoring and training services.

According to the NFIB*, 62% of small businesses recently reported hiring or trying to hire employees. If you are one of those small businesses, be sure to keep some of these federal and state rules in mind: 

1. Summary: It is illegal to discriminate against a job applicant because of that person's race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information.

2. Job Posting: You can’t advertise a preference that could discourage other classes of individuals from applying for your position. For example, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says a help-wanted ad that seeks recent college graduates" may discourage people over 40 from applying and may violate the law.

3. Screening. You can’t use testing or other screening methods that effectively discriminate against a class of people. For example, it is illegal to make an inquiry about a person’s disability before you make a job offer.

4. Salary history. More than half a dozen states and cities prohibit employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s prior salary history. In other words, you must offer pay based on the job position; this cannot be impacted by the salary that an applicant received for a prior job.

Check out more hiring rules to keep in mind


Upcoming Events

Aug. 1 Are You Ready for the 8(a) Contracting Program?

10:30 a.m., Webinar

Aug. 2 Ask the Expert: Best Practices For Leveraging Your Certification

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

Aug. 3 Business Women Now: A Celebration Of Women Entrepreneurs

10:00 a.m., Smith Hall, Xavier University, 8400 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati

Aug. 8 Succession Planning Workshop

7:00 p.m., Russ Research Center – Gateway Training Facility, 2642 Indian Ripple Rd., Beavercreek

Aug. 8 SBA Women-Owned Small Business Program

10:30 a.m., Webinar

Aug. 15 SBA HUBZone Program: Eligibility & Benefits

10:30 a.m., Webinar

Aug. 22 System For Award Management: Registering

10:30 a.m., Webinar

Aug. 26 7(j) Management & Technical Assistance Program: Federal Contracting Readiness

8:30 a.m., Rev1 Ventures, 1275 Kinnear Rd., Columbus

Aug. 27 7(j) Management & Technical Assistance Program: Certification & Business Development

8:30 a.m., Rev1 Ventures, 1275 Kinnear Rd., Columbus

Aug. 29 Let's Compare Waze to Quickbooks

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