SBA hosting Military Spouse Entrepreneur Summit

Illinois District Office  - August 2020

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SBA Military Spouse Entrepreneurship Summit

Military spouses: Join our free Entrepreneur Summit

The SBA 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 discussions will cover entrepreneurship tips, disaster preparedness, access to capital, and government contracting. 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 will speak.

Register here

To join the conversation on social media, use hashtag #SBAMilSpouseSummit.


Paycheck Protection Program updates

Loan Forgiveness FAQ

The SBA, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, is providing guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Click below for details.

Forgiveness FAQ

Deadline approaching 

REMINDER: Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EDT currently is the deadline for lenders to submit applications to the SBA. Approximately $128 billion of PPP funding remains available.

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Register now for upcoming events

Wednesday, Aug. 5

Global Day 2 | Build Your Post-COVID global e-commerce resource road-map | 12 p.m. | Register here

Thursday, August 6

Kick-start Your Small Business | 10:00 a.m. CT | Register here

Cybersecurity: Protect Your Business and Your Clients | 11:00 a.m. CT | Register here

Starting Your Business in Illinois | Hosted by the Illinois SBDC at Bradley University | 10 a.m. | Register here

GSA Removing the Mystery | Hosted the Illinois SBDC at College of DuPage | 1 p.m. | Register here

Friday, Aug. 7

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Reconsideration Process | 1 p.m. | Register here

Tuesday, Aug. 11

Intro to Search Engine Optimization | Hosted by the Illinois SBDC at Harper College | 8:30 a.m. | Register here

Restaurant 101 | Hosted by the Illinois SBDC at College of DuPage | 10 a.m. | Register here

Financial Recordkeeping and Literacy for Small Business | 11 a.m. | Register here

Small Business Resiliency: The Bounce Back | 11:30 a.m. | Register here

Website Localization to Help you Grow Your Exports, Sales, Brand, and Business Online Globally | Hosted by the Illinois SBDC at Bradley University | 12 p.m. | Register here

COVID-19 Relief for Rockford Small Businesses | 1 p.m. | Register here

Starting Government Contracting | Hosted by the Illinois SBDC at the College of DuPage | 1 p.m. | Register here

Wednesday, Aug. 12

217 Black Business Month Virtual Roundtable: Expansion | 10 a.m. | Register here

The Startup Guide to Business in Illinois | Hosted by the Illinois SBDC at the College of DuPage | 10 a.m. | Register here

Women's Webinar Wednesday | 11 a.m. | Register here

Thursday, Aug. 13

Strategic Naming for Business | Hosted by the Illinois SBDC at the College of DuPage | 10 a.m. | Register here

Friday, Aug. 14

Fridays with Fergie | Learn about the one-page business plan with SBA Illinois Deputy District Director Mark Ferguson | 11:30 a.m. | Register here

Tuesday, Aug. 18

Legal Issues for the Small Business Owner | Hosted the Illinois SBDC at College of DuPage | 10 a.m | Register here

Live Export 101: Trade to Scale | Hosted the Illinois SBDC at College of DuPage | 1 p.m. | Register here

Wednesday, Aug. 19

8(a) Orientation | 9:30 a.m. | Register here

217 Black Business Month Virtual Roundtable: Employees | 10 a.m. | Register here

Starting Your Business in Illinois | Hosted by the Illinois SBDC at Bradley University | 5:30 p.m. | Register here


Stay updated

Visit sba.gov/coronavirus for updates on the loan programs, guidance for businesses and employers, and other SBA resources.

If you have questions about your already submitted EIDL application, contact the SBA Disaster Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Follow @SBA_Illinois on Twitter.

E-mail questions to illinois.do@sba.gov.