SBA News: AANHPI Small Business Panel; Community Navigators Info Session

Wisconsin District Office--May 24, 2021

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Asian American & Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month Webinar

AANHPI Small Business Panel May 27

The  U.S. Small Business Administration will host a live online panel session in celebration of Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Month to discuss economic recovery with a dynamic group of small business owners from various sectors. Learn about the SBA resources available to help entrepreneurs compete in the marketplace.

Participants include: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL); U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI); Han Nguyen, Deputy Associate Administrator, SBA Office of Communications  and Public Liaison; Angie Yu, Two Rivers Fisheries, Inc., Wickliffe, KY; Rakesh Srivastava, Innovative Prosthetics & Orthotics, Hastings, NE; Raj Mehta, Raj Technologies Inc., Plainview, NY; and Chera Amlag, Hood Famous Bakeshop, Seattle, WA.

May 27, 12 pm CT


       This event will be recorded.

Community Navigators

For Small Business Supporters: The Community Navigator Pilot Program

Coming soon! SBA will launch the Community Navigator Pilot Program, a $100 million grant program enacted through the American Rescue Plan Act, which will provide counseling, networking and the assistance needed during this time of economic recovery to the nation’s smallest businesses. 

The SBA will engage with states, local governments, SBA resource partners, Community Financial Institutions, and other organizations in directed outreach efforts. These partners and people in the community are key to this pilot program as they will serve as a two-way information stream, enabling enterprising business owners to receive the help needed from the SBA.

Learn more

Join the information session with SBA and the Public Private Strategies Institute!

May 27, 1 pm  

Register here


COBRA Premium Assistance and Wage and Hour Laws


How Employers and Business Owners Can Comply with American Rescue Plan Changes

Find out about enhanced COBRA benefits and wage and hour legal considerations from two Department of Labor experts.Three dates to choose from starting May 25:

May 25, 10 am         June 8, 10 am        June 23, 10 am


New: Mental Health Parity Compliance Assistance webcast with Department of Labor, May 27, 1 pm

Final Day! Apply for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund by 7 pm


The application portal for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund will close at 7 pm CT.  As of May 19, SBA had received more than 303,000 applications.  

Apply here

All RRF information

Webinars: Exporting and More


Both SBA and our resource partners are continuing to offer virtual training and advising to help speed your business recovery, including several international trade-focused events for World Trade Month. See the latest courses below and find partners near you for advising at  

SBA Trainings

New! Getting Back on Track: Help is Here with SBA and the Public Private Strategies Institute. For WI, IL, IN, MI, MN, OH: June 3, 1 pm

Business Beyond Borders, May 25, 1 pm 

Growing Your Global E-commerce Sales, May 27, 1 pm 

Resource Partner Classes


Small Business Workshop Series-Start/LaunJune 9, 6 pmch Grow, (Western Wisconsin Women's Business Center), May 25, 4:30 pm

SEO Optimization for Small Business (WWBIC), May 26, 5:30 pm

Leadership Webinar: Moving Beyond Career Plateaus and Burnout (Western WI WBC), May 27, 2 pm

Doing Business with the National Park Service (WPI), June 3, 9 am

Coffee with Karman and Kelly-Social Media Marketing (Western WI WBC), June 4, 10:30 am

Fastrac 10-Week Business Startup/Expansion: June 8, 8:30 am

Start a Small Business in Eight Steps, June 9, 6 pm

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