SBA Columbus District November Updates

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Columbus District Office

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Celebrating Small Businesses

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 30, 2019 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Please join the SBA and organizations across the country in supporting your local small business by shopping at a small business.

Founded by American Express in 2010 and officially cosponsored by SBA since 2015, Small Business Saturday has become an important part of how many small businesses launch their busiest shopping season. According to the 2018 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, 104 million shoppers spent a record high of $17.8 billion in 2018.

Let's continue to support our nation’s 30 million independent businesses with Small Business Saturday events!

How You Can Participate

Shoppers: Find participating small businesses in your area

Small business owners: Get free Small Business Saturday marketing materials - including sample posters, press releases, and social media updates: 

Partner organizations: Organize a local event and be sure to share photos/tweets/posts with SBA on social media with the hashtags #SmallBizSat and #ShopSmall.


Veteran Small Business Highlight

Haleema Shafeek, Green Office Furniture Solutions

Situation: Army veteran Haleema Shafeek noticed a business opportunity when she visited her local Veteran Affairs medical facility. With a background in interior design and furniture, she knew she could make the space more sustainable and welcoming to other veterans.

SBA Resources: Before she opened her small business, Haleema worked with the local U.S. Small Business Administration office and Procurement Technical Assistance Center for resources, free classes and to get certified as a woman-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small business.

“I think it’s important to learn how to own and operate a business before you start one,” Haleema said. “I took lunch breaks to attend small business classes and attended every networking event that I could because it was valuable to listen to these local resources and see what other small businesses were doing.”

Impact: By taking advantage of SBA’s federal contracting certifications, Haleema’s business has been awarded more than $5 million in contracts. She has worked with the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Department of Labor and Veterans Affairs to make a difference in government spaces.


Upcoming Events

Nov. 5 Bringing Products to Market
6 p.m., Ashland University, 1900 E. Dublin Granville Rd., #125, Columbus

Nov. 5 How to Run a Marketable Farmer’s Market Booth
6 p.m., Ohio SBDC, 320 North Grant Ave., #1068, Columbus

Nov. 12 The Mentor Connection
7:30 a.m., The Point at Otterbein, 60 Collegeview Rd., Westerville

Nov. 12 Restaurants 101
5:30 p.m., Ohio SBDC, 320 North Grant Ave., #1068, Columbus

Nov. 13 Strengthen Your Online Presence
6:00 p.m., Dublin Entrepreneurial Center, 565 Metro Place South, Networking Room, Dublin

Nov. 14 Export Compliance Workshop
7:30 a.m., OCLC Conference Center, 6600 Kilgour Place, Dublin

Nov. 19 Grow Your Business By Exporting
8:30 a.m., CVG Centre, 77 Conair Blvd., Erlanger, Kentucky 41008

Nov. 20 How to Fund Your Small Business
Email twyman@ohio.edu to RSVP
2:00 p.m., Marietta Public Library, 615 Fifth St., Marietta

Nov. 21 Library Small Business Resources Lunch N’ Learn
11:00 a.m., Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., #3A, Columbus