Tar Heel Newsletter -- December 2019

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

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Happy Holidays!
From the NC District Office


Time Is Running Out:
Send in your National Small Business Week Award Nominations

National Small Business Week Awards, submit your nomination.

The SBA North Carolina District Office is asking for 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 our nation’s economy.

Categories consist of:

  • Small Business Person of the Year
  • Small Business Exporter of the Year
  • 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

More information: 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.

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


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

Upcoming Online/In-Person Workshop

Marketing to the Federal Government:

Capture Management

Learn about the different methods of marketing your
business to the federal government.

Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m. EST
Cost: Free

Online Webinar Access:
Join by phone: +1 (202) 765-1264
Conference ID: 635264008#
Join by web: https://meet.lync.com/sba123/amoorad/0K2S0298?sl=1

In-Person Location
U.S. SBA North Carolina District Office
6302 Fairview Road, Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28210

Event Registration - Go to https://www.sba.gov/nc and click on the events page to locate the event and to register

One-on-One Support to
Develop Your Capture Strategy Plan

The Federal Market Acceleration Program (FedMAP)™ is now accepting applications from all interested 7(j) eligible firms. This training is on a first-come basis.

FedMAP™ uses a hands-on approach, guided by an experienced Capture Coach that takes small business participants through the entire process of developing and implementing a Capture Strategy Plan using a real-life contract opportunity that's specific to each participating company with the goal of helping the 7(j) small business win the contract.

Their program combines the following delivery methods:

  • Virtual Cohort Meetings of 10-12 members each
  • 24/7 Access to training, resources, and forums in their FedMAP™ Portal
  • One-hour Coaching Sessions with Coley’s experienced Capture Coaches

Registration is required and FREE to eligible small businesses:

Application period begins November 1, 2019
Apply at coleylearning.us/fedmap/
Eligible firms will be enrolled on a first-come basis.


Reminder: As of November 12, 2019, FedBizOpps (FBO.gov) has been decommissioned. Contract opportunities have been migrated to beta.SAM.gov.

FBO is now called Contract Opportunities.  If you were using an account on FBO.gov, you will need to migrate that account from FBO.gov to beta.SAM.gov. It will not automatically be done for you.

Feel free to reach out to the Federal Service Desk with support you may need in migrating the account, Federal Service Desk .

SBA Boots to Business


B2B Among Growing List of Free Programs That Assist Veteran Entrepreneurs

Studies show that nearly one in every four veterans is interested in someday starting a business.  Veteran-owned businesses tend to have better longevity and sustainability than non veteran-owned businesses.  Boots to Business is one of a growing number of programs designed to help veteran entrepreneurs thrive.  This Forbes Magazine article highlights 11 of the best: forbes.com/sites/allbusiness/2019/11/09/veterans-entrepreneurs-small-business-support-programs/


Eight Tips for Veterans Who Want to Start Their Own Businesses

Veterans have proven to be among the country’s best entrepreneurs, founding well-known companies like FedEx, Nike, Walmart, and Waffle House.  More than 2.5 million U.S. businesses are majority-owned by veterans.  If you’re looking to join them, it may not be obvious how to get your small business started, but help is available.  Military Times polled federal agencies, veterans support groups and private companies to get their advice for aspiring veteran entrepreneurs.  Here are some tips to increase the likelihood of success: militarytimes.com/education-transition/2019/11/13/eight-tips-for-vets-who-want-to-start-their-own-businesses/  


What Comes AFTER Boots to Business?

After completing the in-person B2B class, participants can continue their studies online via the B2B Revenue Readiness course (sbavets.force.com/s/rr-msu-course-information)  offered at no cost to B2B and B2B Reboot participants through our partners at Mississippi State University. 

B2B and Reboot participants are also encouraged to take advantage of the many resources and services offered by the SBA and our partner network, including Veterans Business Outreach Centers, SCORE, Small Business and Technology Development Centers, and Women’s Business Centers.


Your Local Boots to Business Team

Along with their B2B mission, VBOCs serve as one-stop-shops for veterans and military spouses looking to start, purchase, or grow a business.  In NC, the VBOC is located at Fayetteville State University. 

More information can be found at fsuvboc.com, or by emailing Levi Kinard at timothy.kinnard@sba.gov

Exporting = Sales Growth


Did you know that small businesses that export are more resilient and less dependent on any one market?  Did you know that U.S. exporters are more financially stable, expand faster, and create higher paying jobs?  Did you know the U.S. Small Business Administration has resources to help you become an exporter, ensuring your products and services reach international markets, including the ability to:

  • Finance facilities and equipment expansion;
  • Pay for inventory, materials, and other production costs;
  • Finance international orders; and
  • Support the issuance of standby letters of credit.

 The SBA has a national network of Export Finance Managers that would welcome the opportunity to speak with you about new, global opportunities.  If you’d like to learn more, or are interested in setting up an appointment with your local SBA Export Finance Manager, please answer three questions and provide your contact information.  We will reach out to you soon.

We hope to see your business grow in the international marketplace real soon.

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