Don't Miss the Launch of ASCENT-SBA's New Online Learning Platform for Women, and More Upcoming Live Webinars

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ASCENT is HERE!!!

Join us for it's launch!

Announcing ASCENT - The online learning platform that is packed with resources women need to set and achieve their business goals.


On Thursday, January 7th at 1:00pm EST (10:00 am PSTplease join SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza for the ground-breaking launch of ASCENT, SBA’s new, digital learning platform to help women small business owners get going and keep growing. ASCENT is a first-of-its-kind online resource specifically designed to help America’s nearly 10 million women entrepreneurs grow and scale their small business, using a modern, e-learning experience. All content is backed by research on the needs of empowering women business owners.

This virtual event will include:

  • Discussion panels with real women entrepreneurs
  • Success stories
  • Discussions about Disaster and Economic Recovery, Strategic Marketing, Business Financial Strategies, and Access to Capital.

Click here to register on Eventbrite –Launch of Ascent Digital Learning Platform for Women Tickets, Thu, Jan 7, 2021 at 1:00 PM | Eventbrite (10:00 am PSTSBA HQ will send you a link to access the Teams Live Event following your registration. 

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County of San Diego Series
Module 2: Creating a Foundation for Success/What to Expect

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The San Diego & Imperial Valley SBDC Network has formed a collaboration with the County of San Diego in developing a training series designed to help small businesses learn how to do business with the County of San Diego.

The program consists of six modules and although we do encourage attendees to participate in all six modules; attendees are not required to do so.

Module 2: Creating a Foundation for Success/What to Expect

Topics include:

  • Creating a foundation for success - This content not only applies to the County of San Diego but other government agencies you might be interested in pursuing.
  • The sales cycle, i.e., what to expect
  • Who are the players and how to play the game

Friday, January 8, 2021 - 3PM – 5PM PST - Live Webinar

FREE - Registration Required!

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SBDC Live and On Demand Webinars How to Apply for the California Relief Grant! 

California Relief Grant Program - Administered by Lendistry (Webinars by America's SBDC California: San Diego and Imperial Network.


How to Apply for the California Relief Grant!

The state announced a $500 million grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits. The program is being administered by Lendistry, a nonprofit financial institution. To help, we have on-demand webinars you can watch in your own time to learn more. You can also reach out to us for assistance with the application process!

On-demand, in English

On-demand, in Spanish

On-demand, in Arabic

We also have live webinars focusing on Q&As!

English, Live – Jan. 6 at 1:00 PM

Spanish, Live – Jan. 7 at 1:00 PM

The SBDC's number one tip is this grant application isn't first-come, first-served – nor a rolling approval process. You need to make sure it's in before the NEW DEADLINE of Jan. 13 at 11:59 p.m., but make sure it's complete and accurate. 

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Women's Networking Breakfast

Connect. Learn. Grow.

Shine On Event


Friday, Jan. 15 • 8:30am–10:30am


The San Diego & Imperial Women's Business Center and SCORE invite you to have fun, get inspiration, and marketing tools to start off the New Year. AND you’ll get to know others in the small business community!

Photo: Pam Covarrubias

SHINE ON!
How to Market in 
Times of Uncertainty

by Pam Covarrubias, Digital Marketing Expert 

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Small Business Training Calendar Links

The SBA and its resource partner organizations offer many workshops and training events (webinars), for entrepreneurs and small business owners, on an on-going basis. Please take a moment to review our upcoming events now, and bookmark the sites listed below for future reference. We look forward to seeing you at one or more of our future events.

SBA Calendar

SCORE San Diego

SBDC San Diego and Imperial Valley Network

San Diego & Imperial Women's Business Center

SOCAL Veterans Business Outreach Center

Procurement Technical Assistance Center


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