SBA News: SCAM alert and upcoming classes

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Minnesota District Office

u s small business administration

Beware of malicious COVID-19 phishing

SCAM Alert

Bad actors are sending out phishing emails posing as the SBA, World Trade Finance company, and various companies asking business owners to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan. Some email links lead to data collection sites related to “PPP 2021 Data Collection Form” or “PPP 2021 Approved”. Disclosing personal information on these sites could lead to financial and sensitive information loss as well as identity theft. 

As a reminder, any email communication from the SBA will only come from email accounts using the @sba[.]gov handle. Loan applicants who receive email correspondence asking for sensitive information should use caution. Verify the application number in the email is consistent with your actual application number.  

For more information on SBA phishing scams and how to report them, visit the SBA Programs - Scams and Fraud Alerts website.


webinar: resources for small businesses or small business

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:

  • Construction Contract Vehicles (with PTAC)
    March 2, 9 a.m.; Register
  • COVID-19 Economic Relief Overview
    March 3, 10, 4:30 p.m.; Register
  • Navigating PPP Forgiveness 
    March 3, 1 p.m.; Register
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Facts and the Reconsideration Process
    March 4, 11, Times Vary; Register
  • Veteran's Resource Brief
    March 5, 10 a.m.; Register
  • Grow Your Business With SEO 2.0 (SCORE)
    March 9, 2 p.m.; Register

  • Funding Your Business (SCORE) 
    March 16, 2 p.m.; Register
  • Keys to Global Market Success (with SBDC)
    March 16, 1 p.m.; Register

  • Steps for Starting a Small Business
    March 17, 10 a.m.; Register

SBA Resource Partner Trainings

  • Entrepreneurship Information Session (WomenVenture)
    March 5, 16, 31, Times Vary; Register

  • Leveraging LinkedIn For Professional Development (SCORE)
    March 9, 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
  • Getting Ready - Three Part Series (WomenVenture)
    Multiple dates in March; Learn more
  • Know Your Numbers (SCORE)
    March 10, 10 a.m.; Register
  • Self Care Strategies for Small Business Owners (NDC)
    March 11, 1:00 p.m.; Register
  • Women Veteran's Business Support Group (VBOC)
    March 11, 1 p.m.; Register
  • Understanding Risk, Commercial Insurance, & Your Financials (VBOC)
    March 12, 8:30 a.m.; Register 
  • Davis Bacon Requirements and the Service Contract Act (Wage and Hour) Requirements (DOL)
    March 16, 9 a.m.; Register
  • Sell with Shopify (SCORE) 
    March 16, 6 p.m.; Register
  • Powerful Strategies to Sell in Uncertain Times (SCORE)
    March 17, 11 a.m.; Register

  • Choosing the Right Entity for Your Small Business (NDC)
    March 18, 6 p.m.; Register
  • Job Costing & Estimating Series with R. Lynn Pingol with MaKee Company (NDC)
    March 22, 23, 24, and 25, 5:30 p.m.; Register 
  • Grow Your Business With Google Ads (SCORE)
    March 23, 2 p.m.; Register

  • 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

Stay Updated

For more on SBA programs for the coronavirus, please visit www.sba.gov/coronavirus.

If this newsletter was forwarded to you, sign up to get it directly via  sba.gov/updates. Be sure to add your MN zip code to receive this Minnesota-specific information.

Join us on Twitter (@SBA_Minnesota) for information as it becomes available too.