SBA News: The State of Black-owned Business, Training, Tax Tips and more

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Coronavirus recovery information in languages other than English

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Our nation's small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus outbreak, and the SBA is here to help.  

The SBA has COVID funding information in other languages to assist non-English speakers with completing their applications.  Visit this page for a list of documents available in 17 languages, in addition to English.


Black History Month Slide

The State of Black-Owned Business

The State of Black-owned Business: Factors Needed to Drive Explosive Growth

Feb. 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

February is Black History Month, and the SBA is looking to the future while honoring the past. Join the Minnesota District Office, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, Sharon Smith-Akisanya, Nneka Constantino, Tabitha Montgomery and Anisha Murphy for a discussion on how we can move the needle and create more opportunities for explosive business growth within the Black community.   

If you’re a Black business owner or ally, this roundtable is for you.

Register Now


SBDC Day

Save the Date: SBDC Day is March 17

As an SBA Resource Partner, the Small Business Development Centers have had a huge impact on the success of our nation’s dreamers, innovators, and doers – America’s small businesses. 

The fifth annual SBDC Day will take place on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. To learn more about what your local SBDC is doing to celebrate, and how they can help your small business, locate them here.


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Additional Upcoming SBA Trainings

The SBA Minnesota District Office is hosting training webinars to provide SBA COVID-19 funding options and general technical assistance to help entrepreneurs and small business owners start, grow, expand, and recover. 

To learn more and register today, visit the links below:

  • Steps for Starting a Small Business
    Feb. 23, 10 a.m.; Register
  • COVID-19 Economic Relief Overview
    Feb. 24, March 3, 4:30 p.m.; Register
  • Almorzar y Aprender: 21 Preguntas para comenzar su plan de negocio
    Feb. 24, 12 p.m.; Register
  • GO: Find additional small business support and educational resources (SBA Business Smart Series)
    Feb. 25, 1 p.m.; Register
  • The State of Black-owned Business: Factors Needed to Drive Explosive Growth
    Feb. 25, 10 a.m.; Register
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Facts and the Reconsideration Process
    Feb. 25, March 4, Times Vary; Register
  • Construction Contract Vehicles (with PTAC)
    March 2, 9 a.m.; Register
  • Navigating PPP Forgiveness 
    March 3, 1 p.m.; Register
  • Veteran's Resource Brief
    March 5, 10 a.m.; Register

SBA Resource Partner Trainings

  • Marketing Basic: What You Need to Know to Set Your Marketing Plan (SCORE)
    Feb. 23, 12 p.m.; Register
  • Understanding Google Analytics To Grow Your Business (SCORE)
    Feb. 23, 2 p.m.; Register

  • Process Mapping: How to ... for the Unfamiliar (SCORE)
    Feb. 23, 2 p.m.; Register
  • ND WBC: Covid help at your fingertips! (SBDC)
    Feb. 23, 3:30 p.m.; Register
  • Employment Law Updates Impacting Employers (Entrepreneur Fund)
    Feb. 24, 1 p.m.; Register 
  • Break Even Calculation and Determining Correct Product Sales Markup (SBDC)
    Feb 24, 12 p.m.; Register

  • Leveraging Multi-Agency SBIR/STTR Funding for Product Development (MN SBIR)
    Feb. 24, 1 p.m.; Register

  • Master Your Virtual Presence for Impact (SCORE)
    Feb. 24, 12 p.m.; Register
  • Marketing on a Small Budget (SBDC)
    March 9, 3:30 p.m.; Register
  • Exploring Federal Contracting - The Basics (MN PTAC)
    March 9, 9 a.m.; Register
  • Women Veteran's Business Support Group (VBOC)
    March 11, 1 p.m.; https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIofu-urDsvHNRsi2_Z3oyboAvg2Cf-6U2K
  • National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR Information Session (MN SBIR)
    April 6; More info
  • National Institute of Health SBIR/STTR Info Session (MN SBIR)
    April 8; More info
  • Department of Defense SBIR/STTR Info Session (MN SBIR)
    May 5; More info

IRS Tax Tips

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Stay Updated

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