Reminder: SBA, USDA, & KS SBDC to Co-host Rural Strong Small Business Webinars

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Kansas City District Office  - June 2020

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Reminder: SBA, USDA, & KS SBDC to Co-host Rural Strong Small Business Webinars

Powering Rural: Creating a stronger economic environment for rural America

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – Springfield, Missouri Branch Office (SPBO), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Kansas Small Business Development Center (KS SBDC) at Pittsburg State University are co-hosting free Rural Strong Small Business webinars. This is a must attend event for aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners, community leaders, and lending institutions interested in government guaranteed loans. Spots are limited, click on the dates to register today.

June 17, 2020 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm CST)

July 15, 2020 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm CST)

Created in 1953, SBA continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses. Small Business Development Centers are hosted by leading universities, colleges, state economic development agencies and private partners, and funded in part by the United States Congress through a partnership with the SBA.

The SBA senior leadership has placed a huge emphasis on rural development to promote stronger businesses and agricultural economies. SBA and USDA are bringing complementary strengths to increase rural outreach and leverage combined distribution capabilities. The goals of these events are to help improve access to lending to rural small businesses, increase investment opportunities in rural areas, and provide federal contracting opportunities to rural businesses.  

Participants will learn about:

  • SBA/USDA programs designed to help small businesses start and grow
  • SBA/USDA small business lending programs
  • Growing small businesses through federal contracts and international trade opportunities
  • Small business trainings, counseling, and services provided by the KS SBDC at Pittsburg State University

All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact:

 Disclaimer: SBA’s participation or support is not an endorsement of any products, service, or entity.

SBA Kansas City District Office Directory

Jon Malcolm Richards, District Director, (816) 426-4903

Mike McWhorter, Lead Lender Relations Specialist, (816) 426-4916

Carolina Vargas, Lender Relations Specialist, (816) 426-4913

Sheila Forrester, Economic Development Specialist/PIO, (816) 426-4908

Springfield, MO Branch Office Directory

Ram Basnet, Branch Manager/PIO, (417) 889-6912

Lisa Zimmerman, Lender Relations Specialist, (417) 413-5793