Upcoming Events and Training for North Florida Entrepreneurs 4.20.2021

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North Florida District Office  - April 20, 2021

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We are always adding new events and workshops to our district website. Please check for newly added events. 

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Coronavirus Resources and Updates

Restaurant Revitalization Fund 

SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced key details on application requirements, eligibility, and a program guide for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RFF). The restaurant industry has been among the hardest-hit sectors during the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help bring jobs back and revive the industry, the American Rescue Plan, signed into law by President Joe Biden, established the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA will administer the funds to the hardest-hit small restaurants.

Under this announcement, details on application requirements, eligibility, and a program guide are now available in English at www.sba.gov/restaurants or in Spanish at www.sba.gov/restaurantes.

Ahead of the application launch and over the next two weeks, the SBA will establish a seven-day pilot period for the RRF application portal and conduct extensive outreach and training. The pilot period will be used to address technical issues ahead of the public launch. Participants in this pilot will be randomly selected from existing PPP borrowers in priority groups for RRF and will not receive funds until the application portal is open to the public. 

Following the pilot, the application portal will be opened to the public. The official application launch date will be announced at a later date. For the first 21 days that the program is open, the SBA will prioritize reviewing applications from small businesses owned by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Following the 21-day period, all eligible applicants are encouraged to submit applications.

The groundwork for this announcement is the result of a comprehensive effort to reach out to diverse stakeholders in order to understand the needs and barriers restaurants face in accessing emergency relief aid.

In addition to restaurant groups and leading advocacy groups for underserved business communities,  the SBA has engaged national and state trade associations, and other small business stakeholders in recent weeks to understand their concerns about relief programs.

At all levels, the SBA will continue engaging with stakeholder communities to inform and design delivery of financial assistance programs. As the SBA builds and prepares to roll out the program, this dedicated SBA website is the best source for up-to-date information for eligible restaurants interested in the RRF.

Learn about the PPP, Targeted EIDL, and other options available through the SBA to help your business recover. 

SBA Sponsored and Participating Events

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*Our events are currently online, unless noted otherwise. 

Learn about the Ascent Platform

Online digital learning platform that utilizes a modern, e-learning experience specifically targeted for female entrepreneurs who want to grow or scale their existing business.

Date: April 21, 2021 | 3:30 pm EDT - 5:00 pm EDT

Contact: Thaddeus Hammond


(904) 443-1965

Orientación a los servicios de la Administración de Pequeñas Empresas (SBA) [recurring]

La Agencia Federal de Pequeños Negocios (SBA, por su siglas en inglés) ayuda a los propietarios y emprendedores de pequeñas empresas a lograr el sueño americano. Como único recurso de información confiable y voz de las pequeñas empresas. La SBA ofrece una amplia gama de servicios y programas que el público en general a menudo no comprende. La SBA es la única agencia federal que ofrece servicios y programas gratuitos con un enfoque en asesoramiento empresarial, acceso a capital, contratación gubernamental y ayuda en casos de desastre. Si usted es un empresario hispano y desea obtener más información sobre estos servicios y programas en nuestra área local del noreste de Florida, regístrese para este evento.

Date: April 22, 2021 | 3:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT

Contact: Ana Grogan 
Registration Required

Virtual|NFDO Virtual Hours

Please “Dial In” and join the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) North Florida District Office (NFDO) as we host our monthly Live Calls to provide the latest information on SBA programs and resources that will help entrepreneurs and current business owners launch, grow, & recover. During the call, we will have NFDO team members available who can speak to you about government contracting, business loans (Access to Capital), veterans business resources, women’s business resources, and other SBA initiatives. Ask questions and address all your concerns during the call-We will be ready to answer them. If you don’t wish to ask any questions during the call, you can email them in advance to: natalie.hall@sba.gov. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your question(s) answered during this Live Call. You can choose to exit the call once your inquiry has been answered by our experts, or you can stay on the line to hear what others are inquiring about. No registration is needed, just dial in, bring pen and paper, and be ready with your questions.

¿Hablas español? Nuestro panel tendrá a alguien que habla español

Dial In Number: (202)765-1264 * Conference ID: 434 711 874#

Date: May 13, 2021 | 10:00 am EDT - 11:00 am EDT


Virtual|Veteran + Franchise = Success Franchise Event

Date: May 18, 2021 | 9:00 am EDT - 10:30 am EDT

Please join the Small Business Administration (SBA) and our guest, Heidi Simos from The Entrepreneur’s Source, as we present this franchise event, that will be packed with information which will take the guess work out of becoming a Franchisee! SBA will provide the latest information on the programs, services and resources available to help our Veterans and their spouses tap into franchising. To save your virtual spot, you must register for the event!


Boots to Business (B2B) 

Virtual Sessions

Boots to Business Reboot is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The course provides an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals. Veterans of all eras, Active Duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve), and spouses are eligible to participate. During Reboot, 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. The program is facilitated by subject matter experts from the SBA and their extensive network of skilled business advisors. If you are interested in attending this free 2 day training, please register to save your spot.

Upcoming Dates: 

June 10, 2021 | 8:30 am EDT - June 11, 2021 | 12:30 pm EDT

August 12, 2021 | 8:30 am EDT - August 13, 2021 | 12:30 pm EDT

October 7, 2021 | 8:30 am EDT - October 8, 2021 | 12:30 pm EDT

Registration Required


Resource Partner Events

SBA resource partners provide business consulting, mentoring and training services

Below are additional training and events provided by our resource partners in North Florida. Events/training may have a cost. Please check with the organization listed to ensure the event is still scheduled to occur or with any other questions. 

Remainder of April 2021


You, Your Business Idea, How SCORE Can Help!

SCORE Business Mentor

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 6:00pm EDT

Registration Required


Exiting Your Business: Retiring from Your Business

SCORE Business Mentor

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 7:00pm EDT

Registration Required


Introduction to Social Media Marketing

SCORE Business Mentor

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 10:00am EDT

Registration Required


Overcoming Obstacles to Goal Achievement

SCORE Business Mentor

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 5:30pm EDT

Registration Required


Exiting Your Business: Family Transition of Business

SCORE Business Mentor

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 7:00pm EDT

Registration Required


Link Yourself to LinkedIn

Small Business Development Center

Friday, April 23, 2021 - 1:00pm EDT

Registration Required


JWBC Legal Matters

Women's Business Center

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 10:30am EDT

Registration Required


Understanding Affiliate Marketing to Earn a Supplemental Income

SCORE Business Mentor

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 5:30pm EDT

Registration Required


Intro to Export Strategy

Small Business Development Center

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 1:00pm EDT

Registration Required


Financial Series Part 1 of 3 -Introduction to Bookkeeping for Small ...

SCORE Business Mentor

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 5:30pm EDT

Registration Required


Cybersecurity: Are You Protected?

Small Business Development Center

Friday, April 30, 2021 - 10:00am EDT

Registration Required