SBA District Office Newsletter | November 2020

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The SBA celebrates, connects, and empowers service member (including National Guard and Reserve), veteran, and military spouse entrepreneurs and business owners – past, present, and future – especially during November and during National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW).

There are nearly 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses in the United States. Of this total, more than 442,000 were employers, and 2.08 million were non-employers. 

No matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey or where you are located across the country you can find transition assistance, entrepreneurial training, government contracting opportunities, disaster assistance, and access to capital right in your local neighborhood. And given the COVID-19 pandemic, SBA is providing additional support and guidance for military- and veteran-owned small businesses who are pivoting to meet new demands and working to adapt within this unfamiliar environment.

Now more than ever, it’s vital for military and veteran entrepreneurs to be aware of the local resources that are available to assist them during this difficult time. It’s critical for small businesses to make strong local connections now in order to stay afloat and continue to thrive in the future. The good news is there is an entire community of local resources that you can leverage no matter what hardships your small business may face.


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10 Small Business Saturday Tips To Drive Website Traffic

Is your company ready for Small Business Saturday? If not, you still have time! Small Business Saturday falls on Saturday, November 28 this year, so make sure to mark your calendars. Small Business Saturday is an initiative by American Express that encourages people to “shop small” the day following Black Friday. 

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Why Pop-Up Shops Make a Great Business Idea for Entrepreneurs

What comes to mind when you think of a pop-up shop?

You might be envisioning a temporary retail space similar to a Spirit Halloween storefront. These types of pop-ups tend to provide customers with seasonal offerings and are open on a short-term basis. Other types of pop-ups are based on experiences. Spaces like the Museum of Ice Cream allowed guests, pre-pandemic, to purchase tickets and enter a space where visitors could explore various interactive rooms.

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12 Reasons Why Small Businesses Need a Website

Having a strong online presence can truly be a make or break for any business. Learn from 12 small business leaders how important having a website is to them and what opportunities it has created for their organizations.

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Region 6 SBA Regional Administrator Justin Crossie (center) and SBA Deputy District Director David Elizondo look on as Rave Gears Chief Operating Officer Pankaj Patel (left) points toward a piece of machinery. Mr. Patel discussed with Mr. Crossie and Mr. Elizondo how the PPP Loan saved jobs at their facility, located in Seguin, Texas.

Carmines

Thank you Carmine’s Italian in #KerrvilleTx for the delicious lunch & great visit with @SBAsouthcentral Regional Administrator! Carmine’s received a #PPP loan saving 5 jobs. . . . #region6roadtour #smallbusiness

Kerrville

RA Justin Crossie continued his #region6roadtour and stopped in #kerrville to speak with @KerrAreaChamber, @TXHBD and Security State Bank. The banks helped the #smallbusiness community by processing 1,500 #PPP loans! 

Pint and Plows

Congratulations to Jeremy @PintAndPlow for being named our #SBW 2020 #SmallBusiness Champion! Thank you @KerrAreaChamber for the nomination! Champions like Jeremy foster growth and vitality within a community & define the entrepreneurial spirit!

Visionary

As part of the Region VI Regional Administrator's road tour, we visited with Visionary Fiber Technologies, located in Lockhart to hear how they used SBA assistance like the PPP loan. 

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While in Lockhart, the barbeque capital of Texas, Region VI Regional Administrator stops at Kreuz Market for lunch and to speak 5th generation owner.   

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Make sure to check our calendar for upcoming events and trainings!

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"Like the dreams of successful entrepreneurs, the birth of America began as an idea stirring in the minds of our founding fathers.  They were seeking freedom and the opportunity to forge their own path and to create their own destiny." - Justin Crossie, Region VI Administrator