Rochester Area Small Business Information, Seminars and Training for November 23 - 27, 2020

Rochester Branch Office - November 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

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.


Did you take out a Paycheck Protection Program Loan?  Here are four steps to apply for forgiveness:

  1. Contact your lender and complete the form
  2. Compile documentation 
  3. Submit the forgiveness form and documentation to your lender
  4. Communicate with your lender throughout the process

Learn more


SBDC Workshop - Year End Tax Planning & Recordkeeping for Small Business

Jim Swiech, CPA, will discuss Year End Tax Planning ideas for businesses.  He will also present information about  the tax aspects of the CARES Act, Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL).

Registration for this FREE online program is required to receive a link to the meeting.  

When:  Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Time:  10:00 am - 11:30 am

Where:  Webinar

Click here to register:


Upcoming Events


SBA's All Small Mentor Protégé Program and Joint Venture Agreements Information Session

Join us for a comprehensive review of the All Small Mentor Protégé Program Including:

     *About the All Small Mentor Protégé Program

     *Eligibility Requirements

     *How to Apply

We will also discuss what you need to know about Joint Venture Agreements such as:

     *Definition and Purpose of a Joint Venture Agreement

     *Eligibility Requirements for Participants

     *Required Content of a Joint Venture Agreement

     *How Joint Ventures can take your Small Business to the Next Level

When:  Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Time:  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where:  Webinar

Click here to register:

For more information contact Jennifer Talarico via email at


Top 3 Small Business Holiday Marketing Tips for 2020

With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday in November kicking off the holiday shopping season, now is a good time for small businesses to boost sales. This year, 60% of consumers plan to do half or more of their winter holiday shopping at local retailers. Capitalize on this growth opportunity by using the following marketing strategies this holiday season.

Learn more


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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