SBA Holds Workshops on Applying for Women's Business Center Funding

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Women's Business Centers


Women's Business Center Roundtables

The U.S. Small Business Administration will hold roundtable training sessions in Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina on best practices regarding the Women’s Business Center grant application opportunity.

Information for the upcoming roundtables:

Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. EST
Benedict College Business Development Center
2601 Read St, Columbia, S.C. 29204

Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. EST
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce – Catalyst Center
4500 Leeds Ave, 2nd Floor, North Charleston, S.C. 29405

The roundtables will explain how to apply for SBA Women’s Business Center grants and get the funding needed to reach more women business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Organizations interested in attending should contact SBA South Carolina District Director at (803) 253-3360, or South Carolina District Office Public Information Officer at (803) 253-3121. Advance registration is requested.

The SBA’s WBC program is a national network of more than 100 locations that offer one-on-one counseling and training to women seeking to start businesses, grow their markets or expand through federal contracting opportunities or international trade.

Eligible applicants for the WBC grant must be private, nonprofit organizations with 501(c) tax-exempt status from the U.S. Treasury/Internal Revenue Service in South Carolina. This may include universities, foundations, chambers of commerce, or economic development institutions. The SBA recognizes the importance of Minority Serving Institutions (e.g. Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions from the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Institutions) and encourages their participation in the roundtable.

As part of the grant application process, interested applicants must register and receive a certificate from The certification process for the SBA’s Women’s Business Centers can take up to 45 days. It is recommended that organizations begin the registration process immediately.

Questions about the WBC funding opportunity can be directed to the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) at

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SBA Surety Bond Program

SBA Recognizes FY19 Most Active Surety Companies and Agencies

Top Performing Partners Lead the Charge in Providing Bond Guarantees for Small Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today its most active surety companies and agencies for fiscal year 2019, which contributed to increases in the Surety Bond Guarantee (SBG) Program’s activity.

“The SBA is very fortunate to partner with sureties and agents with a shared vision of assisting small and emerging businesses,” said Peter C. Gibbs, Director, SBA’s Office of Surety Guarantees. “Every year I am amazed by the level of commitment from our partners to increase opportunities for the small business community.”

The SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program, in direct partnership with surety companies and their agents, provides surety bond guarantees for small businesses on federal, state, local and private projects.  Commercial construction, service and supply contracts and subcontracts are eligible if the contract requires a surety bond. 

In FY 2019, the SBA’s guaranteed bid and final bonds were more than $6.4 billion in total contract value.  With the work of the SBA’s top-performing surety partners and bond agencies, over 1,900 small businesses were assisted and over 30,000 jobs were supported. 

The standing of each surety partner and agent was determined by the number of bond guarantees they wrote through the SBG Program.  

The top-performing surety partners for FY 2019 are: 

  1. American Contractors Indemnity Company, Calif.
  2. United States Fire Insurance Company, Pa
  3. S. Specialty Insurance Company, Calif.
  4. Travelers Casualty & Surety Company, Conn.
  5. United States Surety Company, Md.
  6. Markel Insurance Company, Texas
  7. Developers Surety & Indemnity Company, Calif.
  8. Contractors Bonding and Insurance Company, Wash.
  9. Navigators Insurance Company, N.J.
  10. The Guarantee Company of North America, Mich.

The top-performing bond agencies for FY 2019 are:  

  1. CCI Surety, Inc., Minn.
  2. KOG International, Inc., N.J.
  3. Nielson, Hoover and Company, Fla.
  4. The Fedeli Group, Ohio
  5. Valley Surety Insurance Agency, Calif.
  6. Preferred Bonding & Insurance Services, Calif.
  7. Pinnacle Surety & Insurance Services, Inc., Calif.
  8. The Surety Place, Ariz.
  9. Brunswick Companies, Ohio
  10. Capstone Brokerage, Inc., Nev. 

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