Tar Heel Newsletter -- November 2019

The Tar Heel Newsletter - North Carolina District Office - November 2019

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Call for National Small Business Week
A
ward Nominations

National Small Business Week Awards, submit your nomination.

The SBA North Carolina District Office is asking for your 2020 National Small Business Week award nominations.

For more than 50 years, National Small Business Week has celebrated the inspiring achievements of America’s small businesses and the countless contributions they make to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy.

This year’s categories are:

  • Small Business Person of the Year
  • Small Business Exporter of the Year
  • Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery:
    • Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery
    • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official
    • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer
  • Federal Procurement Awards:
    • 8(a) Graduate of the Year
  • Awards to SBA Resource Partners:
    • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Center Award
    • Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
    • Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Year
  • Jody C. Raskind Lender of the Year
  • Small Business Investment Company of the Year

Nomination information and guidance can found at: https://www.sba.gov/national-small-business-week/national-small-business-week-awards

Nominations must be received no later than 3 p.m. EST, Jan. 7, 2020. 

Email submissions will not be accepted.

Mail packages to:
Attn: Small Business Week Awards Committee
U.S. Small Business Administration
6302 Fairview Road, Suite 300
Charlotte, NC  28210

For more information contact Greg Grevelding at Gregory.Grevelding@sba.gov or 704-344-6588.



SBA, USDA Hold "Rural Strong"
in Flat Rock, North Carolina

The NCDO and USDA held a ‘Rural Strong’ event at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, North Carolina on October 29. During the event, speakers from both agencies were on hand to deliver information and resources to more than 50 entrepreneurs and community stakeholders in attendance. A capital access discussion featured financial program experts and several technical assistance providers hosted resource tables.

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FLAT ROCK, N.C. (Oct. 29, 2019) Senior Area Manager Sharon Harvey highlights the SBA’s programs and services to Rural Strong attendees at Blue Ridge Community College.



Ashley D. Bell appointed
White House Advisor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Ashley D. Bell was recently appointed as a Policy Advisor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation by the White House Office of American Innovation. Mr. Bell will also remain as the SBA Region IV Administrator. In his White House role, Mr. Bell has the opportunity to introduce policy that will empower entrepreneurs across the nation through his work with Opportunity Zones, supplier diversity, HBCU entrepreneurship, his Drive 8(a) Initiative as well as through his Rural Strong Initiative; assuring that entrepreneurs in every pocket of the United States have the opportunity to succeed. 

The announcement was made in Atlanta on October 16th at the Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (RCIE) in front of a standing room only crowd, As Mr. Bell stated, "This is not a celebration, this is a groundbreaking," as he described the work he has already begun to assist all entrepreneurs in creating businesses that may passed along to future generations. As Mr. Bell stated, "you can't pass a job along to your children, but you can pass a business on to them to run."



Upcoming In-Person Workshops

Small Business Federal Certifications Workshop


Do you currently sell, or are you interested in selling, your goods or services to the federal government?  If so, please join the U.S. Small Business Administration as we discuss small business certifications to give your firm an edge in the lucrative government contracting arena. 

The certification programs to be discussed include:

  • Woman-Owned Small Business
  • Small Disadvantaged Business
  • Veteran & Service-Disabled Veteran
  • 8(a) Business Development
  • HUBZone program

This event will cover details on eligibility and applying for certification.  A representative from the SBTDC-based Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will also be on hand to profile the services they can offer to help you effectively tap into federal procurement opportunities.

Find out how you can help the federal government meet its annual goal of awarding 23% of its procurement dollars to small businesses!

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. EST

In-Person Location
U.S. SBA North Carolina District Office
6302 Fairview Road, Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28210
704.344.6563 / www.sba.gov/nc / NC@sba.gov

Registration

Click on the events page to locate the event and to register



Upcoming Online Workshop


8(a) Certification Workshop

Do you currently sell, or are you interested in selling, your goods or services to the federal government? If so, please join this webinar hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration as we discuss the 8(a) certification to give your firm an edge in the lucrative government contracting arena.

This webinar will cover details on eligibility and applying for certification. A representative from the SBTDC-based Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will also be on hand to profile the services they can offer to help you effectively tap into federal procurement opportunities.

Find out how you can help the federal government meet its annual goal of awarding 23% of its procurement dollars to small businesses with help from the SBA and PTAC!

Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. EST


Join by phone:
+12027651264
Conference ID:
635264008#
or
Join by web:
https://meet.lync.com/sba123/amoorad/0K2S0298?sl=1

See also https://www.sba.gov/nc and click on the events page to locate this event



SBA Seeks Public Input
on Potential Changes to
SBA’s Export Loan Programs

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The U.S. Small Business Administration published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that seeks comments on potential changes to the regulations governing its Export Loan Programs.  SBA’s Export Loan Programs provide access to capital for U.S. small business concerns to support expansion into international markets and the growth of U.S. small business exports. SBA is soliciting comments on how the Agency can improve the products, procedures, forms, and reporting requirements of the Export Loan Programs.

Feedback will be used to modernize the Export Loan Programs, increase lender participation and usage, ensure that U.S. small businesses can finance their international sales, and increase U.S. small business exports. The SBA is seeking public comments on the ANPRM by November 18, 2019.  

More Information



Commercializing your Technology:
It's Time to Think Internationally

WHAT: For small tech businesses and researchers, overseas markets often represent the largest potential customer base for novel technologies they are developing. Unique funding opportunities and eager partners can also be hidden international treasures. To help entrepreneurs understand these prospects, we have developed a ½ day session on 11/20 in RTP titled "Global Perspectives on Technology Commercialization".

WHO: Small tech businesses, SBIR/STTR awardees and researchers interested in commercializing their innovations

WHY: Successful funding and commercialization of novel, innovative technologies is a tall order. A strong commercialization plan must include a robust customer / market analysis, funding plan, partner identification and revenue projections. However, over the past two decades of counseling start-ups, the SBTDC's Technology Commercialization team has seen a consistent gap that exists in many plans - a myopic, domestic-only focus.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 20
             9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: RTP Foundation HQ - 2 Davis Drive

NETWORKING: All speakers will be available to meet with attendees one-on-one with interested attendees. Lunch will be provided and there will be ample time for networking.

QUESTIONS: Contact John Ujvari at sbir@sbtdc.org

HOW: Register for only $45 thru 10/31 - http://www.sbtdc.org/events/techsymposium

Register

   

 



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