SBA Wyoming District Office Newsletter - Aug. 2020

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Wyoming District Office  - Aug. 2020

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SBA to Host Virtual Military Spouse Entrepreneur Summit

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a virtual “Military Spouse Entrepreneur Summit” in collaboration with Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes on Wednesday, Aug. 19 from 1-3:30 p.m., EDT.

This free event will connect military spouses with resources and information available to help them start or grow a small business.

The event will open with remarks from the Second Lady and SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. Panel speakers will include representatives from the Veteran Entrepreneurial Training & Resource Network, Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Dog Tag, The Rosie Network, the Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Program, and the Military Family Advisory Network.

“The SBA is committed to helping entrepreneurial military spouses succeed at every stage of small business development,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. “We are thrilled to collaborate with the Second Lady to support military spouse entrepreneurs and help them overcome the unique business challenges they face.”

Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about SBA and partner resources for the military small business community. Panel discussions will cover entrepreneurship tips, disaster preparedness, access to capital, and government contracting.

For more information about the Military Spouse Entrepreneur Summit and to register, visit https://events.hiringourheroes.org/d/37ql80. To join the conversation on social media, use hashtag #SBAMilSpouseSummit.

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SBIR Week in the Rockies: Wyoming

About SBIR Week
The 2020 Regional SBIR Weeks are virtual, collaborative outreach efforts connecting entrepreneurs working on advanced technologies to the country’s largest source of early stage funding – the SBIR/STTR programs. Also known as America’s Seed Fund, the SBIR/STTR programs provide over $3.7 billion in funding to small businesses each year in a wide variety of technology areas.

Wyoming’s portion of SBIR Week in the Rockies is hosted by the Wyoming Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network and its Wyoming SBIR/STTR Initiative (WSSI).

Why Should You Attend?
Each virtual event, hosted by a local organization, will provide attendees with an opportunity to hear directly from the participating federal agency program managers that administer over 5,500 new awards annually and to meet virtually one-on-one with program decision makers.

Going Virtual
This year’s event will be held virtually over three days. Day one will highlight national speakers, day two will highlight Wyoming speakers, and day three will consist of one-on-one sessions with SBIR experts from various agencies (there are a limited number of one-on-one sessions available, so reserve your spot now).

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Beware of Scams and Fraud Schemes

The Office of Inspector General recognizes that we are facing unprecedented times and is alerting the public about potential fraud schemes related to economic stimulus programs offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration in response to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19).

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the largest financial assistance bill to date, includes provisions to help small businesses. Fraudsters have already begun targeting small business owners during these economically difficult times. Be on the lookout for grant fraud, loan fraud, and phishing.

Here are some tips to help you keep your business and identity safe:

Grants

  • SBA does not initiate contact on either 7(a) or Disaster loans or grants. If you are proactively contacted by someone claiming to be from the SBA, suspect fraud.

Loans

  • If you are contacted by someone promising to get approval of an SBA loan, but requires any payment up front or offers a high interest bridge loan in the interim, suspect fraud.
  • SBA limits the fees a broker can charge a borrower to 3% for loans $50,000 or less and 2% for loans $50,000 to $1,000,000 with an additional ¼% on amounts over $1,000,000. Any attempt to charge more than these fees is inappropriate.
  • If you have a question about your SBA disaster loan or loan application, call 800-659-2955 or send an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Phishing

  • If you are in the process of applying for an SBA loan and receive email correspondence asking for PII, ensure that the referenced application number is consistent with the actual application number.
  • Look out for phishing attacks/scams utilizing the SBA logo. These may be attempts to obtain your personally identifiable information (PII),to obtain personal banking access, or to install ransomware/malware on your computer.
  • Any email communication from SBA will come from accounts ending with sba.gov.
  • The presence of an SBA logo on a webpage does not guarantee the information is accurate or endorsed by SBA. Please cross-reference any information you receive with information available at www.sba.gov.

If you have questions about SBA loans, or want to verify that correspondence you have received from SBA is legitimate, your SBA Wyoming District Office team is here to help! Feel free to call us at 307-261-6500 or email us at sbawyo@sba.gov.

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Upcoming Events

Aug. 5: PTAC (Virtual) Lunch and Learn: Tips and Tricks for Networking with Primes

Janean Forsyth Lefevre, Procurement Specialist, Wyoming Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will lead a conversation designed to give potential sub-contractors tools and strategies for successfully networking with large primes. Register here.

Aug. 18,25: E-Commerce Stores: From Set-up to Delivery (Free Two-Part Webinar Series presented by the Wyoming SBDC) 

COVID-19 has come with limitations and opportunities for business owners across the industry spectrum. One major opportunity has been the push needed to dive in and create an online sales platform. This course will guide retailers and brands of both physical and digital products through the process of creating a beautiful online store, optimizing product descriptions, understanding order management, and so much more!

Part 1 will cover the basics of your store setup – how to create a store, how to add products, and how to design your digital storefront.

Part 2 will cover more in-depth settings of your store. We’ll personalize your notifications, set up shipping information, and make sure you can get paid. We can even make a test sale to make sure everything runs smoothly prior to your launch!

Please note, we will use the eCommerce platform Shopify to learn these essentials. You will receive an email up to a week before the first session to ensure you have time to prepare needed materials by the time of our first session. All skills learned in this process will be applicable to other platforms but as this course requires some homework and hands on examples, using one platform will simplify the learning process.

Register here.

Aug. 19: PTAC (Virtual) Lunch and Learn: FedConnect and beta.SAM.gov – How They Work Together

Andi Lewis, Program Manager, Wyoming Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will talk about using FedConnect to find details on solicitations put out by various federal agencies and how to set up an account and use the site. Register here.