A pivot plan is critical for small business survival

Alaska District Office - Sept. 11, 2020

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National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month: Evaluate Your Disaster Plan

Revisit and update your disaster plan to make sure your business and staff are protected. Small business owners are natural planners. You know exactly how you want your business to look six months or a year from now; and, you work hard toward your goals every day. Unfortunately, sometimes things may happen that are out of your control – but there are ways you can prepare your business for disasters. 

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote disaster preparedness for communities, individuals, and businesses. This year’s theme is, “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make your Plan Today.”  

Build your plan

A pivot plan is critical for small business survival

By Jeremy Field, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and Jon Bittner,  Alaska Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Jeremy and Jon

As businesses deal with a new reality and “business as usual” takes on an entirely new meaning, most businesses need to rethink and retool how they do business in order to survive. A pivot plan is critical.

Being a small business owner can often feel lonely, with the world, clients and employees weighing on their shoulders. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Alaska Small Business Development Center (SBDC) want one message to ring clear for businesses figuring out a pivot plan: you are not alone.

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SBA Surety Bond Guarantee Program Celebrates 50 Years with Conference

Did you know the SBA guarantees surety bonds for certain surety companies, which allows the companies to offer surety bonds to small businesses that might not meet the criteria for other sureties?

Join us September 24-25 for a virtual conference and celebration honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Surety Bond Guarantee (SBG) Program and the doors it opens for small businesses.

This free online event is open to small businesses in the construction, supply and service sectors, along with members of the surety bond industry. The conference will cover topics ranging from the future of the surety bond industry to the SBA's role in the industry and tips for small businesses seeking surety bonds


HUBZone Program

HUBZone Refresher Webinar Sept. 16 to Answer Questions About Certification Program

Most of the state of Alaska is in a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone). Do you know how to take advantage of this certification to increase your access to government contracts?

The SBA will host a HUBZone Question and Answer session led by the national SBA HUBZone director, deputy director and program manager.  

No cost or registration required. 

Sept. 16 at 10 a.m.  Alaska Time 

Join Webinar

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PPP Forgiveness Webinar Every Wednesday in September

Join the SBA Alaska District for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Forgiveness Application Webinar every Wednesday in September. The webinar will cover the following topics: 

  • Overview of forgiveness process and requirements
  • Walk through of PPP Forgiveness Applications (SBA Form 3508 and 3508EZ)
  • Appeals process

Sept. 16, 23 and 30 at 1 p.m. Alaska Time


SBA Learning Center. Free online business courses

September Workshops

  • Tuesday, Sept. 15 | 12 - 1:30 p.m. 
    Starting a Business presented by SBDC. Register
  • Tuesday, Sept. 15 | 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. 
    Become a Federal Government Small Business Contractor presented by SBA and Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).  Register
  • Thursday, Sept. 17 | 12 - 2 p.m. 
    Eligible 7 (j) Firms: Capabilities Statement presented by SBA. Register 
  • Tuesday, Sept. 22 | 10 - 11 a.m. 
    ¿Está pensando en comenzar su propio negocio? (Taller #1 ) presented by SBA and SBDC.  Register
  • Wednesday, Sept. 24 | 9 - 11 a.m. 
    Starting a Business presented by SBDC. Register  
  • Monday, Sept. 24 | 12 - 2 p.m. 
    Business Development presented by SBA.  Register


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