Virtual Assistance from SBA Resource and Resource Partners

Michigan District Office 

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Are you interested in how to market to your customers? Looking for an update on PPP, EIDL and SBA loan programs? Do you want to learn about patents, and trademarks? Want to connect with a mentor for your business? If so, don't miss SBA's virtual trainings!

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Direct Mail Marketing Tools for Challenging Times
July 29, 2020 1:00 p.m.

Please join the SBA and the US Postal Service for a special webinar on how direct mail marketing can help you reach your current and potential customers.  Guest Speaker, Jeffrey Adams, Business Development Specialist, US. Postal service will cover the following topics:

Why Direct Mail works in today’s marketplace

Elements of a Successful Direct Mail Campaign Mail Piece Design

Design tips that net Positive Results

Why Every Door Direct Mail works to deliver new customers

How our Every Door Direct Mail Web Tool does the work for you

SBA staff will provide information on free business consulting, loan programs, and COVID recovery resources.  

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Recordkeeping for PPP loans, PPP Flexibility Act, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, SBA Debt Relief Programs, and SBA Resources to Help You Recover
July 31, 2020, 10:00 a.m.

Please join us for an update on PPP loans, the PPP Flexibility Act, EIDL, SBA Debt Relief Program and SBA resources for your business.  Julie Oldham, Small Business Development Center Growth Group Consultant,  Brian Picarazzi, SBA Senior Area Manager, and Catherine Gase, SBA Lead Economic Development Specialist will present. 

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                Innovators and entrepreneurs: Learn about IP basics
                                         and helpful Resources

                             August 6, 2020,  12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? Join the Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan to learn about intellectual property (IP) basics and potential ways to protect your innovation as you transition from idea to product. This session for aspiring entrepreneurs, innovators, and students is held the first Thursday of each month. Space is limited, so register early.

The discussion will cover:

  • An overview of intellectual property types: patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets
  • Why innovators and entrepreneurs should consider protecting their IP
  • Local resources and assistance available through the USPTO and The US Small Business Administration.

Submit your IP questions prior to the event to or call 313-446-4800 for more information.


Mentors for the Life of Your Business
August 19, 2020

Join us for a webinar highlighting the services of SCORE, an SBA funded resource partner.  Learn about the wide array of services including finding a mentor for your business, workshops and networking opportunities, and online tools.  Michael Caruso, Chairperson for the Traverse City area SCORE chapter will share the benefits of working with the SCORE network.  SBA representatives will provide information on free business consulting, loan programs, and COVID recovery resources. Join Here


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