Surety Bonds, Federal Contracting, and City of Columbia Power Hour Events!

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Featured Events

SBA Surety Bond Guarantee Program Information Session

Hosted by: Frank A. Anderson, Lender Relations Specialist and Presented by Jennifer C. Bledsoe, Underwriting Marketing Specialist – SBA Office of Surety Guarantees.

Does your business have Limited Financial Resources? No Prior Bonded Work Experience? Trouble bonding as a Startup? A Desire to Increase its Current Bond Limits? Join SBA for a webinar to learn about potential Bonding Capacity Ways to Maximize Your Surety Credit. SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program Contract Bond Guarantees Up to $10 Million. Learn about the SBA Advantage Costs & Getting Started.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 11:00am EDT

Doing Business with the Federal Government Information Session


In partnership with the Williamsburg HomeTown Chamber. Get the information you need to know about how to do business with the world's biggest customer--the U.S. government. Plus, learn about the SBA's small business contracting programs, including the 8(a) Program for socally and economically disadvantaged business owners, Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Program, and Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program. Also learn about prime and subcontracting assistance programs.

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 5:30pm EDT
Kingstree Town Hall Courtroom
401 N Longstreet St, Kingstree, SC 29556


Shaking hands

City of Columbia Power Hour

The City of Columbia will be hosting a power hour at Optus Bank. During the networking event, you will have an opportunity to learn about building business credit, getting business financing, traditional and non-traditional financing options, and leveraging contract opportunities.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 5:30pm EDT
Optus Bank
1241 Main Street, Suite 100 Columbia, SC 29201

Information Corner

SBA Adjusts Size Standards to Expand Lending & Contracting Opportunities

Deadline to comment on interim final rule is Sept. 16, 2019

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently issued an interim final rule that will adjust monetary-based small business size standards for inflation to allow more small businesses to become eligible for the SBA’s loan and contracting programs. The interim final rule was published in the Federal Register on July 18, 2019.

The SBA is adjusting its industry-specific monetary-based size standards by nearly 8.4% to reflect the inflation that has occurred since the last adjustment for inflation in 2014. This time, the SBA is also adjusting the revenues-based size standards for agricultural industries, which were previously set by statute. These adjusted size standards will become effective on Aug. 19, 2019 and will be reviewed again as part of the second five-year review of size standards mandated by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010.

Additionally, the SBA is adjusting program-specific monetary-based size standards by the same amount for sales or leases of government property and stockpile purchases. The SBA is not adjusting the tangible net worth and net income based interim alternative size standards that apply to the SBA-guaranteed 7(a) and 504 Certified Development Company loan programs, which were established under the Small Business Jobs Act.

The interim alternative size standards for the 7(a) and 504 loan programs will remain in effect until the SBA establishes a permanent alternative size standard for these programs. The SBA is also not adjusting the tangible net worth and net income based alternative size standard for the Small Business Investment Company program.

The SBA estimates that nearly 90,000 additional businesses will gain small business status under the adjusted size standards, becoming eligible for SBA loan and contracting programs. This could possibly lead to as much as $750 million in additional federal contracts awarded to small businesses and up to 120 additional small business loans totaling nearly $65 million.

Comments can be submitted on this interim final rule by Sept. 16, 2019, at, identified with the following RIN number: RIN 3245-AH17. Interested parties may also mail comments to Khem R. Sharma, Chief, Office of Size Standards, 409 Third St. SW, Mail Code 6530, Washington, DC 20416.

For detailed information on how SBA establishes, reviews, or modifies its size standards, please view the SBA-issued white paper entitled “Size Standards Methodology.”

For the latest information about the SBA’s revisions to its small business size standards, please follow its  announcements about updating size standards.

Upcoming Events

Full SBA and Resource Partner Calendar

Rural Strong Lake City on 9/24 from 8:30 - 12 p.m. at the Continuum