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Illinois District Office  - February 2021

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Celebrating Black History: A Small Business You Should Know - AGB Investigative Services

Join the Illinois District Office for a special event





Join us to learn more about John Griffin's entrepreneurial journey and how he created Always Giving Back (AGB) Investigative Services, which is the largest black-owned security service firm in the nation. Mr. Griffin will discuss his business, pivoting in a pandemic, and how the SBA helped his business expand to reach underserved communities throughout Chicago. Bring your questions. There will be an opportunity for Q&A with the CEO!

Thursday, February 18, 10:00 a.m.

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In Case You Missed It: Updated Shuttered Venue Operators Grant FAQ


Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program

Are you interested in the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program? The SBA updated the FAQ document on Feb. 12, 2021. Read more about the program including eligibility requirements, use of proceeds, and the application process.

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If your identity was used, without your knowledge or permission, to obtain a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) for which you never received any of the loan proceeds, the SBA has recently published a letter with instructions on how resolve this issue. 

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The WBDC Veteran Business Assistance Services (VBAS) is committed to equip, empower and educate veteran entrepreneurs for success and economic opportunities. The following events are intended for veteran business owners. 

PPP & Other Federal Stimulus Loans

Do you have questions about the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help keep your workforce through the COVID-19 pandemic? Join us for updates for your business on the new PPP procedures. Thursday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.

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How To Build A Strong Government Sales Strategy  

In this workshop, you’ll learn the necessary tactics, strategies, and recommendations you need to develop a sales strategy to pursue government contracts. It is designed to connect the dots, from who buys what you sell to how you collect intelligence and win. Thursday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.

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Upcoming small business trainings

Celebrating Black History: A Small Business You Should Know - AGB Investigative Services

The Illinois District Office is spotlighting 8(a) company AGB Investigative Services in the event series “A Small Business You should know.” AGB is the largest black-owned security firm in the nation. Join us to learn more about Mr. Griffin's entrepreneurial journey and how the SBA helped his business expand to serve the Chicagoland communities. Bring your questions. There will be an opportunity for Q&A with the CEO! Thursday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.

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Starting Your Business in Illinois

Starting a business in Illinois is exciting, but also challenging. This workshop gives the entrepreneur a realistic view of the requirements to start a business and the resources available to support a new venture. Learn the basic elements of starting a successful business and get answers to the most frequently asked questions! This is a live/Zoom workshop. Registration is required. Thursday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m.

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Central & Southern Illinois SBA-backed Loan Clinic: Lending FAQ

Central and Southern Illinois: Join us for this monthly forum to learn about access to capital programs the SBA guarantees for small business owners. Bring your questions and be prepared to hear an overview of our current lending programs, including the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Friday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m.

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COVID-19 Financial Assistance For Small Businesses and Nonprofits 

This webinar, led by SBDC Director Don Elmore, will cover details about the newest round of economic aid being administered by the SBA for small businesses, including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, and the SBA Debt Relief Program. The webinar will also note other financial options currently available to small businesses and nonprofits. Friday, Feb. 19. 10 a.m.

Join representatives from the SBA Illinois District and the IRS for a discussion and presentation of tax treatment for COVID-19 relief programs, including the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, the Paycheck Protection Program, employer tax deferment, and Small Business/Self-Employed incentives with SBA and IRS. This is a tax information webinar and should not be considered as tax advice. Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1 p.m.

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PTAC Webinar: The Certification Process

Which small business certification is the best one for you? You will learn the details of the application process, documentation requirements, certification options, and how to market and leverage certifications for the growth of your business in this webinar. Register today! Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1 p.m.

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