Rochester Area Small Business Information, Seminars and Training for October 12 - 16, 2020

Rochester Branch Office - October 2020

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"Powering the American Dream"

SBA can help your business start, grow, expand or recover through our lending programs, government contracting programs and network of Resource Partners.   Whether you want to prepare a business plan, are interested in doing business with the federal government, or are looking to finance your business, SBA is here to help!


Rochester Area Small Business Information, Seminars and Trainings For The Week



SBA Alert:  The U. S. Small Business Administration Warns Loan Applicants to Beware of Email Phishing Scams 

If you suspect an email is associated with a fraud scam targeting the SBA, report it to the Office of Inspector General’s Hotline at 800-767-0385 or online at

Loan applicants who have questions about SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program may call the Disaster Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or send an email to


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 (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.

 Report Fraud

Report any suspected fraud to OIG’s Hotline at 800-767-0385 or online at,



Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program Is Still Available


COVID-19 EIDL Loan Application


Small businesses, private non-profits and agricultural businesses impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, can still apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan. EIDL proceeds can be used to cover a wide array of working capital and normal operating expenses, such as continuation to health care benefits, rent, utilities and fixed debt payments.

To learn more about the relief options available for your business, click here.


Stay safe from cybersecurity threats

Cyber attacks are a growing concern for small businesses. Learn about the threats and how to protect yourself and your business


  • Common Threats
  • Assess your business risk
  • Cybersecurity best practices
  • Training and events



Maximize the Business Opportunities Waiting for You on LinkedIn

 Are you taking full advantage of the possibilities that LinkedIn has to offer you and your business?

  • Create an inviting LinkedIn Profile 
  • Showcase your experience & expertise
  • Connect and engage with your target market
  • Explore delivering impactful content
  • Develop and nurture vibrant business relationships

When:  Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Time:  10:00 am - 11:00 am

Where:  Webinar

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Government Contracting 101 Webinar Series

The SBA Buffalo District Office presents a series of free online courses designed to help prospective and existing small businesses understand the basics about contracting with the federal government.

9:00 am - Part 1:  An Introduction to Federal Contracting

10:00 am - Part 2:  Overview of Small Business Programs

11:00 am - Part 3:  Marketing & Selling to the Government

When:  Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Time:  9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where:  Webinar

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Sales:  A Guide for the Small Business Owner

You have a great product or service.  Now you have to sell it.  This course will give you an overview of sales plans and other tools to get your product or service into your customer / consumer's hands.


Get Free Local Business Assistance 

Times are tough for small businesses but SBA is here to help no matter where you are. 

SBA's District Offices and Resource Partners like SCORE offices, Women’s Business Centers, Small Business Development Centers and Veterans Business Outreach Centers have trained experts who can help you craft a plan specific to your situation and navigate rapid changes in the marketplace.

Find Local Business Assistance near you  




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