Rochester Area Small Business Information, Seminars and Training for October 19 - 23, 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.


The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, 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.

Learn more


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



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

Click here to register:


Veteran-Owned Contracting Programs

Federal and New York State certifications for Veteran-Owned businesses

Learn about the Federal and New York State programs focused on assisting Veteran-Owned businesses in selling their products and services to the government.

When:  Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Time:  10:00 - 11:00 am

Where:  Webinar

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SBDC Workshop - Advanced Technology Funding

Please join us as you can find out the Where, Who, How and What NYS Programs can help you.

When:  Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Time:  11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Where:  Webinar

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Export Compliance - Part 2:  Incoterms

Are you exporting or planning to export?  Are you familiar with Incoterms?

Learn to decode the secret language of Incoterms and how to make them work to your advantage in sales contracts during this international trade training seminar.

You will learn:

     *What has changed and what is NEW

     *How to choose the correct Incoterms rule

     *Best rules for global purchasing and sales

     *Apply Incoterms to domestic transactions 

     *Which rules require insurance and why

This is part 2 of a part 5 part export information series.

Where:  Via Microsoft TEAMS platform (link to be sent upon registration)

When:   Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Time:     9:00 am to 10:30 am


Phone:     585-263-6700, Tammi Parsons, SBA

 5 Part Series Includes:

Part 1:  September 16,2020:  Understanding Your Export Controls and Sanctions Regulations

Part 2:  November 17:  Incoterms

Part 3:  February 9, 2021:  Export Sales Contracts and Agent Agreements -

                                                     Practitioners Panel Discussion

Part 4:  May 11, 2021:  USMCA Part 1

Part 5:  May 18, 2021:  USMCA Part 2


Marketing 101:  A Guide to Winning Customers

This course provides a basic overview of marketing for small business owners who are looking to reach a broader customer base and expand their markets. Learn what marketing is and why it is vital to growth. The course covers how to conduct market research and developing marketing strategies while providing marketing resources for small business owners.


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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