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Alabama District Office  - October 2020

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Congratulations Sridhara Gutti, of Essnova Solutions, Alabama's 2020 Small Business Person of the Year


Sridhara Gutti, the owner of Essnova Solutions, Inc., based in Birmingham, AL has been named the 2020 Alabama Small Business Person of the Year.


With guidance from his local Small Business Development Center and Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Sridhara Gutti positioned his small business to better compete for government contracts.
Sridhara started Essnova Solutions Inc. out of his Huntsville home, serving as a geo-spatial software consultant. When economic conditions worsened after the Great Recession, he decided to diversify his products and services, branching into governmental technology and professional services. Sridhara wanted his small business to capitalize on local SBA assistance so his team and community could benefit.

One of Sridhara’s biggest obstacles was figuring out the government contracting process. Bidding on and winning public projects can be a daunting process. Sridhara needed expert business advisers who could guide him through the process and help him develop best practices at no additional cost. Read More


New and Noteworthy Information

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SBA and Treasury Announce Simpler PPP Forgiveness for Loans of $50,000 or Less

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, today released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

“The PPP has provided 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion to American small businesses, providing critical economic relief and supporting more than 51 million jobs,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.  “Today’s action streamlines the forgiveness process for PPP borrowers with loans of $50,000 or less and thousands of PPP lenders who worked around the clock to process loans quickly,” he continued.  “We are committed to making the PPP forgiveness process as simple as possible while also protecting against fraud and misuse of funds.  We continue to favor additional legislation to further simplify the forgiveness process.”

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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cyber attacks are a growing threat for small businesses and the U.S. economy. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Report, the cost of cybercrimes reached $2.7 billion in 2018 alone.

Learn what you can do to prevent common cyber threats, and understand where your business is vulnerable. Start, by taking steps to improve your cybersecurity.

Learn More

Upcoming Events

National Veterans Small Business Week

Save the date! This year’s National Veterans Small Business Week will take place Nov. 2-6. Stay up to date on the latest information, Click Here

9th Annual Government Procurement Conference and Matchmaker

This conference will be held on Nov. 10, 2020 and is an annual event that’s designed to foster contracting opportunities between federal, state, local governments, primes, and private entities with all small, women-owned, minority, and disadvantaged business enterprise, service-disabled veteran-owned, veteran-owned, and HUBZone-owned businesses.

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Upcoming Webinars 

CMMC Compliance

CMMC: The 4 Steps to Compliance

Date: October 14, 2020 

Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm 

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Business Planning 101 - Looking Out The Window

Date: October 18, 2020  

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm 

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HUBZone Program

HUBZone Program Updates 


HUBZone Entrepreneurs:

Changes are coning to the HUBZone Program and we want you to stay up to date with the latest information, please mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 20 to join a live webinar where we will discuss what you need to know to maintain your HUBZone Certification. 

Webinar: HUBZone Continuing Eligibility and Program Updates; Tuesday October 20, 3pm EST.  Watch the live event here.




Date: October 28, 2020

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

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Government  Contracting Programs, visit sba.gov/contracting

Introduction to Government Contracting SBA Certifications

Date: November 3, 2020

Time: 1:00pm- 3:00pm

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