SBA Connecticut September News Bulletin

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Connecticut District Office  - September 2020

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National Small Business Week 2020

National Small Business Week

Last week, Jovita Carranza, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced the kick-off for National Small Business Week! The virtual event, rescheduled from May due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be held September 22-24, 2020.  National Small Business Week honors the nation’s small businesses, many of which are veteran, women and minority-owned, for their achievements and dedication to their communities. Connecticut's 2020 Small Business Week Winners are the following:

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This year’s National Small Business Week activities will include numerous educational panels providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as our nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover toward a stronger economy. The event will recognize the national award winners, including the naming of this year’s National Small Business Person of the Year. Register Here!

September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, and this year’s theme is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make your Plan Today.”   Join the  U.S. Small Business Administration, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, and the Insurance Information Institute on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. EDT for a live webinar on preparing for severe weather, future COVID-19 interruptions, and other disasters. In addition to presentations by experts from IBHS and Triple-I, two small business owners will share their stories of how they prepared for and successfully recovered from devastating disasters. 

When: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m. EDT

How: Register here:

The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance following a declared disaster in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit

CT Business Matchmaker - October 2

Government Contracting Matchmaker

Join us for an interactive, virtual experience at the CT Business Matchmaker from the comfort of your office this year! Identify potential partnerships during a series of 10-minute, one-on-one video interviews that connect small businesses with companies and agencies that subcontract services and supplies. Network with other small businesses by video or chat, either individually or by joining topic-specific conversations. Enjoy speakers, access to resource partners, and more. Register Here!

Registration dates & fees: Special COVID-19 pricing!

Early bird: September 8—28 $25

After September 29: $45

Sign up for 5 Prime appointments immediately following online registration. You will receive an email with instructions after registering.

National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 - Oct. 15

National Hispanic Heritage Month
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Every year, from September 15 through October 15, Americans take the dedicated time to thoughtfully honor, celebrate, and thank prominent Hispanic Americans for their many contributions to the country and culture of the United States. Hispanic Heritage Month is important because it highlights the work and the accomplishments of the Latino community, recently as well as throughout the years. The U.S. Dept of Commerce shows 3.3 million Hispanic- owned businesses in the United States as Hispanics have become the fastest-growing small business owners across the U.S.!

This year we highlight our Connecticut Small Business Week Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year, Dr. Maysa Akbar, President and CEO of the Integrated Wellness Group.

Dr. Maysa Akbar, is a groundbreaking psychologist, author, and healer. Her work in defining the existence of Urban TraumaTM, a framework developed by Dr. Akbar, unpacks how people of color are existing in a state of crisis due to oppressive societal systems. Resulting in feelings of anger, rage, and hopelessness. Defining Urban TraumaTM allows for new healing paths that empower diverse communities in unearthing liberation and freedom while creating a new legacy. 

Integrated Wellness Group is a unique, holistic mental health and wellness practice conveniently located in New Haven, CT that she founded twelve years ago. Committed to providing an array of wellness services to their diverse clientele, Integrated Wellness group provides culturally sensitive care with a focus on Urban Trauma and holistic treatment. Dr. Akbar created 13 jobs within her practice and is currently enrolled in SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program. IWG also received COVID-19 relief funding in the form of a PPP to ensure workforce capacity and an EIDL to access capital during the pandemic.

Dr. Akbar is board certified in Clinical Psychology and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University. She is a media expert in the areas of Urban TraumaTM, Community Tensions and Violence, Race Relations, and Identity Politics. She is an Amazon Best-Selling Author with her work Urban Trauma: A Legacy of Racism. Currently, Dr. Akbar also serves as the Connecticut Psychological Associations Diversity Chair, selected to spearhead CPA’s diversity trainings in the state of Connecticut and represents the American Psychological Association at the UN where she intends to bring Urban Trauma to the international community.

Resource Partner happenings this week.....

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Together We Rise: A Panel Discussion of Black Women Entrepreneurs

Women of Color in Business Series

Wednesday, Sept.16; 10-11:30am

Free webinar

In support of racial justice efforts, the Women's Business Center has created a new series for women entrepreneurs of color to discuss important topics and share diverse perspectives and paths to business ownership.

This first panel will feature an open and honest discussion about the struggles and bias Black women have encountered as well as the support and motivation that kept each panelist persisting towards success. Join them as they kick off this new series founded upon the passion and persistence they as a community embrace in promoting all women in business towards their dreams! Register Here!


WBDC hosts:

Financial Foundations- Business Loans from the Lender's View


Getting a business loan can be vital to successfully growing your business though the process benefits from thoughtful preparation and assembly. The application process is a way you share your business story and build a relationship with a lender. Your lender is a stakeholder and they want to understand your venture, their investment, and how funding will contribute to your business. Join WBDC’s Business Advisor, Beth Scarborough as she provides insight to the lender’s perspective and shares information use when reviewing a loan application.

Date: September 18, 2020

Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm EDT

Register: Sign up here


SBDC hosts Air Force Commercialization Initiative: AFWERX SBIR/STTR Open Topic

Does your small business have an innovative technology that may be of interest to the federal government?

Learn about the US Air Force’s AFWERX initiative that offers a rare opportunity for small, innovative companies — including student-led startups — to apply for funding to advance technologies that the companies believe would serve the Air Force’s mission. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization.

CTSBDC is partnering with the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), UCONN, CTNext, and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) to present a webinar providing critical information on this extremely rare opportunity for innovative businesses in Connecticut and beyond to submit proposals promoting their technologies to the US Air Force. AFWERX, in partnership with Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), and the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), developed the SBIR Open Topics to increase the efficiency, effectiveness, and transition rate of the SBIR program. Affiliated with a research institution? Check out the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Open Topic.

This is a no-cost webinar but pre-registration is required. 

Date: Tuesday, September 15

Time: 10am – 11:30am

Register here!


Concrete Strategies to Boost Your Sleep & Double Your Business Impact


When we don't feel rested and energized it directly impacts our life and our business. If you want to ramp up your impact today, it starts by getting sleep. The World Health Organization has declared sleep loss as an epidemic across all industrialized nations with staggering statistics.

Join this life-altering presentation with Success Coach and Speaker Holly Jean Jackson, and walk away with:

  • Sleep facts & a clear understanding of why sleep is crucial to you and your business
  • The 3 biggest sleep challenges
  • Concrete strategies to boost your sleep & double your business impact

If you find yourself feeling exhausted all of the time and lacking the energy you need to build your dream life and business this is the webinar for you.
Date: September 29, 2020

Time: 1:0pm EDT

Register: Register Here!


Multilingual Working Together Meeting and Listening Session - September 29, 2020

The IRS wants to establish, foster and build relationships with diverse communities via a variety of focused interactions and communications. This effort starts at the top, with IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig.

One goal of this meeting is to let you know about the resources the IRS has for people who do not speak English as their primary language. Other topics to be presented at this meeting will consist of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, Confidentially and Disclosure of Return Information, IRS Impersonators and the services that the VITA program provides. The meeting will end with a roundtable discussion and listening session about the issues and needs that your clients are facing and how to identify those needs and provide resolutions on how the IRS can improve the service to our diverse communities to help them comply with federal tax laws.

Date: September 29, 2020

Time: 11:30am-1:00pm EDT

Link for meeting here!

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