Alabama District Office News: August

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Alabama District Office  - August 2020

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Federal Government Exceeds Small Business Contracting Goals by Awarding Record-Breaking $132.9 Billion to Small Businesses

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WASHINGTON – August 12, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced that the federal government exceeded its small business federal contracting goal, awarding 26.50 percent or $132.9 billion in federal contract dollars to small businesses, over $12 billion increase from the previous fiscal year.  Additionally, the Fiscal Year 2019 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard marks the second time in Scorecard history that the women-owned small business contracting goal of 5% has been met*.


The federal government also added a record-breaking one million jobs to the American economy with $132.9 billion in prime contract dollars awarded to small businesses and $90.7 billion in subcontracts awarded.  Overall, the federal government earned an “A” on this year’s government-wide Scorecard.  

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Small Business Resources

Coping with COVID-19

COVID-19 Coping Tips for Small Business Owners

The COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty for small business owners, both in their professional and personal lives. Depending on local guidance, you may be heading back to work or continuing to run operations remotely. As you are navigating these changes, it’s important to establish a balanced and healthy lifestyle outside of work.  Here are some tips from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help you cope.  

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Calling all Women-Owned Small Businesses

 Check out our NEW certification site!

The site helps you determine if you’re eligible for the WOSB Federal Contracting Program and much more.


Certify for the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting program

WOSB Information

Upcoming Events

2020 Military Spouse Summit

Join the Second Lady of the United States, Mrs. Karen Pence, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Hiring Our Heroes for the Military Spouse Entrepreneur Summit on August 19. This virtual event features remarks from distinguished guests, military spouse small business owner spotlights, and discussions about key resources that all military spouse entrepreneurs should leverage.

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SBIR 101

The Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) 101 workshop will assist small, technology entrepreneurs and businesses assess their eligibility to receive Research and Development funding through the government’s SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Through these programs, 11 federal agencies make over $2 billion in high-risk, non-dilutive capital available to innovative small companies annually. Hosted by The Catalyst Center for Business and Entrepreneurship 

August 20, 2020, 3:00pm - 5:00pm 

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 This workshop provides you the assistance and resources you need to be successful at any stage of the business life cycle.  

August 21, 2020, 11:00AM - 1:00PM 

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Entrepreneurs Corner

Writing a Business Plan

A good business plan guides you through each stage of starting and managing your business. You’ll use your business plan as a roadmap for how to structure, run, and grow your new business. It’s a way to think through the key elements of your business.

Take this quick 30 minute course on the importance of business planning 

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SBA Learning Center. Free online business courses

Making Provision through the 8(a) Business Development Program 

In honor of Black Business Month, we celebrate Nicholas Dowdell owner of Provision Contracting Services, LLC!

Nicholas Dowdell, a disabled Army veteran, had a desire to do something impactful in his community as well as become his own boss. He started out as an employee of a prominent construction company through which he gained invaluable experience that would afford him the technical knowledge and expertise he would later need. After a few years working in the capacity of a project manager, he decided to turn his dream of entrepreneurship into a reality and he started Provision Contracting Services, Inc in 2010. As a startup business, Nicholas Dowdell and Provision faced many challenges. They lacked sufficient past performance to successfully win contracts and were turned down for several opportunities.

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