SBA District Office Education Calendar| March 2021

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During Women’s History Month, we look back on the many accomplishments women business owners have made while also taking stock of the challenges and adversity they continue to overcome during these extraordinary times. SBA is prioritizing the continued advancement of opportunities for women-owned businesses through a variety of programs.

Take advantage of the following resources SBA has to help you start, grow, expand or recover your business


Workshops and Events

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SBA Surety Bond Program Training

March 11 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am | Webinar | Register Now 

SBA Business Opportunity Specialist Don Owens will provide an overview of the SBA Surety Bond program. Surety bonds help small businesses win contracts by providing the customer with a guarantee that the work will be completed. Many public and private contracts require surety bonds, which are offered by surety companies. The SBA guarantees surety bonds for certain surety companies, which allows the companies to offer surety bonds to small businesses that might not meet the criteria for other sureties.

SBA Access to Capital 

March 24 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Webinar | Register Now

You will learn about the different loan programs including 7A, CDC/504, and Microloan that the SBA will guarantee for your lender. Also, Lender Relations Specialist Leo Davila will cover when SBA guaranteed loans are appropriate, the benefits for small businesses, eligibility, loan details, and approved use of loan proceeds.

Seventh Annual Women Supporting Women Conference

March 26 | 10:00 am - 12:30 pm | Webinar | Register Now

Don’t miss this FREE virtual conference celebrating Women’s History Month, featuring a dynamic and empowering Keynote Speaker and four business development topics to take your business to the next level! Sign up TODAY as registration is limited!

Featuring: Keynote Speaker Bonita Owens of Amazing Women Network

Presentations by:

  • Annie Hudspeth, US Small Business Administration – Financing Options
  • Sheena Little, Procurement Center Representative – Federal Contracting Opportunities for Women
  • JoAnn Braxton, Program Analyst – ASCENT platform
  • Sarah Douglas, Full of Grace Marketing – Maximizing Your Social Media Presence


QuickBooks On-line Reporting and Customizations

March 5 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am | Webinar | Register Now

Join Rita McDaniel and Women's Business Center for Financial Friday as we review how to run the basic financial reports out of QuickBooks on-line and how to scan quickly for mistakes or coding errors.

COVID Business Resource Hour

Mar 11 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am | Webinar | Register Now

Join Dr. Shantana Robinson (Dr. Bridge Builder) on Thursday as she answers COVID-19 business related questions. This business growth happy hour can assist you with navigating your business through this pandemic!

Financial Friday: Subchapter S

Mar 19 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am | Webinar | Register Now

Join David Plemons and Women's Business Center for Financial Friday as we review what the Sub S election really is, and what are the requirements and benefits of making this election.

SCORE for the life of your business


Funding Your Tech-Based Start Up

Mar 9 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Webinar | Register Now

Alan will prepare you to pitch your tech start up to investors by explaining about funding, examining the issues where you should focus, and covering the points investors will use to judge the pitch.

HR-101: Employee Hiring and Retention 

Mar 17 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Webinar | Register Now

A seasoned local HR professional, with small business and non-profit experience, presents an overview of key concepts necessary to manage the employee life cycle (from to hire to fire).  Participants will leave with an increased awareness of legally protected groups and best practice solutions to address common personnel challenges. Practical solutions include how to:  write a helpful job description, create meaningful interview questions, conduct background checks, develop an employee handbook checklist, preparing for the first day of employment.  Also covered are typical small business mistakes such as using contractors and interns, misclassifying workers, and managing overtime. This is an overview program with plenty of “take away” resources such as HR checklists and external web links.  

How to Start a Trucking Business and Grow it to Success 

Mar 20 09:00 am - 12:00 pm | Webinar | Register Now

The transportation industry is enormous, grossing nearly $1 trillion dollars annually, and trucking counts for three quarters of that amount. Tim will explain the ins and outs of the trucking industry-- how to get started and how to grow the business with ease. He will cover these areas and more: Getting started and understanding formation, Building your personal and business credit, Securing financing for your business, Understanding Federal contracting, Getting your small business certifications, Drafting your capability statement for contraction, How to purchase your truck and what to look for, Dealing with carriers, Do you need an authority?, Financial statement basic and accounting and Finding opportunities and working with brokers.

La Ley y Su Negocio

Mar 25 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm | Webinar | Regístrese Ahora

Empezando un negocio es un proyecto grande y emocionante - es importante que empresarios tengan un entendimiento de las leyes que afectan a los negocios para poder hacer las mejores decisiones para sus negocios. Este taller está diseñado para ser interactivo y permitirle hacer preguntas para comprender mejor estos y otros conceptos legales:

¿Cuáles son los tipos de entidades legales y cuando debo pensar en formar una entidad legal para mi negocio?

¿Dónde se registra las entidades legales?

¿Como puedo proteger mi negocio y manejar la liabilidad de mi negocio?

¿Cuales son los detalles mas importantes de saber sobre los contratos de negocio?

Andrea también ofrecerá consejos invaluables para tratar con un abogado.




Ask a UTSA SBDC Business Advisor - Webinar via WebEx

Mar 5 | 03:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Webinar | Register Now

You have questions? Our UTSA SBDC advisors have answers. This webinar is an opportunity to ask the questions you have about starting, growing, financing, pivoting, selling your business and more. Discussion will also include COVID-19 resources. Your questions can be submitted prior to the webinar by sending them to: with the Subject Line: "Ask a UTSA SBDC Business Advisor" 

12 Steps to Pivot Your Marketing in the Pandemic (Series Part 4) TUES

Mar 9 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Webinar | Register Now

Sitting still is not a good option…adapt your Marketing NOW!
Marketing messaging, channels and techniques must change NOW and continually update & evolve monthly and even weekly in these unprecedented times.  Learn now to keep your marketing ahead of the curve to caputure your customers' attention.

Getting Businesses Online (Grow With Google)

Mar 16 | 10:00 am- 12:00 pm | Webinar | Register Now

Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps   Showing up when customers are searching online is more important than ever. Ensure customers can find accurate, updated information about your local business on Google Search and Google Maps, no matter which device they use. In this workshop, you will learn how to create and manage a Google business profile from start to finish.

In this session we’ll show you how to:

  • Create or claim your Business Profile on Google 

  • Manage your business info across Google Search and Maps

  • Use Google My Business to connect with  potential customers

Content Marketing - New Media in the Pandemic

Mar 18 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Webinar | Register Now

TikTok, Instagram Reels, IGTV, blogging, influencers, and user-generated marketing. How to get started and make good business decisions around the many forms of content marketing available now. In this session, you’ll learn: Content marketing types and targets, How to creatively use platforms, How can a traditional business use new media content?,3 key elements to consider in working with an influencer.

The Art of Starting a Business

Mar 23 | 8:00 am - 11:00 am | Webinar | Register Now

This session will explore the initial paperwork, the assessment process, legal structures and the business plan. 

Trademark Law Fundamentals - Webinar via Zoom

Mar 24 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Webinar | Register Now

Considering a trademark for your business?  This one hour workshop will provide the fundamentals to trademark law and what you need to think about when creating and using names, logos and taglines in your business. Rebecca Smith, Founder and CEO of the Rebecca Smith Law Firm, PLLC leads this webinar.

How to Use Canva

Mar 25 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am | Webinar | Register Now

In this no-cost webinar, we will have a training on how to use Canva to create Instagram posts. Our training speaker will be Carlos Herrera.  

Boots to Business (B2B) is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program (TAP).  Active Duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve), Veterans of all eras, and spouses are eligible to participate.

The “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” course is the foundational piece of Boots to Business (B2B). Participants are introduced to the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to launch a business, including steps for developing business concepts, how to develop a business plan, and information on SBA resources available to help. 

Next Boots to Business class will be held online:

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After completing the “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” course, participants can elect to further their study through one of many B2B online courses, delivered through partnerships with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University and Mississippi State University (MSU). Online Follow-on courses are offered at no cost to Service members, Veterans and military spouses. 

2020 SADO Resource Guide


Small Business Resource Guide 

You'll find information on counseling, training, capital, contracting, disaster assistance, business advocacy, local directories and more. 



** On the cover is Local Success Story Jae Kim who launched Chi'Lantro in Austin and has expanded thanks to expert SBA-powered business guidance.


Click on the photo to view our digital resource guide!