SBA Buffalo District Newsletter - January 2020 Edition

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Buffalo District Office  - JANUARY 2020

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From the Director's Desk

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Please join us in Welcoming Back....Jovita Carranza as she rejoins the SBA as our 26th Administrator

Pledges to Create More Opportunities for Women, Underserved, and Veteran Entrepreneurs


Jovita Carranza now serves as the 26th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Administrator Carranza will lead the only federal agency exclusively dedicated to assisting small business owners and entrepreneurs in starting, growing, and expanding their businesses. Read more

SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza

SBA District Director Sciortino and ESD’s Richard Ball to Visit Garrett Leather

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Franklin J. Sciortino, District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Buffalo District Office, and New York State’s Empire State Development Senior Director Industry Development & Foreign Trade Richard Ball visited Garrett Leather on January 16 to recognize them as one of the recipients of the SBA’s State Trade Expansion Program. During the visit, attendees toured the facility, highlighted SBA’s partnership with ESD and congratulated Garrett Leather President Max Brown on receiving $5 K in STEP grant awards in 2018 and 2019. To learn more about STEP funding for your business click here.

Photo from left: Max Brown, Franklin Sciortino and RJ Ball



USMCA Paves Way for American Small Businesses to Better Compete Globally

Dedicated small business chapter is a first for U.S. trade agreement


The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which includes specific protections for small- and medium-sized businesses, received Senate approval and will go to the White House for President Trump’s signature. The Agreement had passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan 385-41 vote on December 19, 2019. The U.S. Senate approved the Agreement today by a 89-10 vote. The U.S. will be the second country to ratify the USMCA (Mexico already has); Canada will need to ratify the Agreement as well for it to take effect.

“Today’s passage of USMCA is a win for American small businesses and the nation’s economy,” U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza said. “USMCA includes the first-ever chapter dedicated to small business and will enforce...read full release here.


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Veterans Business Outreach Centers are your one-stop shop for small business resources. Visit SBA dot gov slash VBOC.

Have you visited your local Veterans Business Outreach Center yet? If not, make it a priority for 2020!
VBOCs have all the tools you need to get your #VetBiz up & running. Find one near you →
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Prepare for Tax Season

Starting a #smallbusiness? Make sure you understand your tax obligations→
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How to Export

Looking for more information about exporting your goods or services? The SBA can help →

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The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality for millions of Americans.  As the only go-to resource and voice for small business backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster.  The SBA delivers services through an extensive network of field offices, located throughout ten different regions of the country