SBA: Alabama District Office February 2020 Newsletter

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Alabama District Office  - February 2020

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Welcome Administrator Jovita Carranza 

Administrator Jovita Carranza

Jovita Carranza now serves as the 26th Administrator of the SBA. Administrator Carranza will lead the only federal agency exclusively dedicated to assisting small business owners and entrepreneurs in starting, growing, and expanding their businesses. Additionally, the SBA provides targeted recovery support in the event of a declared disaster.

This is Administrator Carranza’s second tenure at the SBA. She served in the George W. Bush Administration as Deputy Administrator, from 2006-2009. The President nominated Administrator Carranza to lead the SBA while she was serving as the 44th Treasurer of the United States. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a strong bipartisan vote of 88-5.

Administrator Carranza’s experience includes a remarkable 30-year career with United Parcel Service, where she began as an hourly dock worker, rose to oversee operations in Latin America and the Caribbean, and ultimately retired as the highest-ranking Latina in the company’s history. Administrator Carranza pledged to preside over an Agency focused on creating more opportunities for women and historically underrepresented entrepreneurs while ensuring the SBA remains prepared to assist displaced homeowners and small businesses impacted by disaster. Administrator Carranza earned her MBA from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and received executive, governance, management and financial training at the INSEAD Business School in Paris, France; Michigan State University; and the University of Chicago.

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Networking Opportunity: Attend GSA's FAST Conference 

FAST 2020

GSA is set to host its first ever Federal Acquisition Service Training (FAST) Conference at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA, April 14-16, 2020. You will have the opportunity, as an attendee and/or exhibitor, to directly engage with 3,000+ federal contracting professionals and senior policy and program leaders - under one roof. This is also a training event that will help you navigate through the federal procurement marketplace. Engage in business matchmaking, interactive training directly on the exhibit floor and much more at this incredible event.

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Black History Month

February is Black History Month 

We’re highlighting the valuable contributions African-American smallbusiness owners make to our economy and communities during Black History Month.

If you’re thinking about starting a business, we want you to be well informed!

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Upcoming Events

Federal Contracting 101  

Get the information you need to know about how to do business with the world's biggest customer--the U.S. government. Plus, learn about the SBA's small business contracting programs, including the 8(a) Program for socially and economically disadvantaged business owners, Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Program, and Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program. Also learn about prime and subcontracting assistance programs. This is a FREE Seminar!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 1:00pm CST

 Alabama District Office, 2 Twentieth Street North, Suite 325, Birmingham, AL 35203

Lending Overview Seminar  

On Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. (CST) Lead Lender Relations Specialist, Roderick Perkins will give an overview of the Lending Programs offered by the SBA. From this session the focus will be on: Legal Steps to Starting a Business, Business Plan Components, Accessing Capital for Small Businesses and What Lenders look for in Underwriting. This session is FREE and no registration is required. For more information please contact Lead Lender Relations Specialist, Roderick Perkins at (205) 290-7785 or 

 Alabama District Office, 2 North Twentieth Street, Suite 325, Birmingham, AL 35203

SBA Programs Overview  

Join Senior Area Manager, Brent McMahan from the Alabama District Office on February 25, 2020 at the Ozark Chamber of Commerce for a Coffee Talk Session. The session will begin at 2:00 PM (CST), and attendees will receive information on SBA’s Programs and Services. This session is FREE!  For More information please contact Senior Area Manager, Brent McMahan at (251) 544-7401 or 

Ozark Chamber of Commerce
294 South Painter Ave.,
Ozark, AL 36360

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