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How to Get your Business Certified

Certifications 101

If you've wanted to get your business certified but didn't know where to begin, then this webinar is for you!

Some of the points to be covered include:

What does it mean to be certified?
What are the types of certification?
How do I get my business certified?
How can being certified help my business?

Guest presenters representing:

State of South Carolina Division of Small and Minority Business Contracting and Certification

South Carolina Department of Transportation, Director of Minority & Small Business Affairs

The City of Columbia, Office of Business Opportunities

The U.S. Small Business Administration

Greater Women's Business Council

Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 3:00pm EDT

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World Trade Month

World Trade Month Webinars

Now is a great time to explore the benefits of exporting.  And, if you export already, now is the time to look at expanding to additional countries. Exporting provides opportunities to reach new markets, increase sales, maintain global competitiveness, and create jobs.

May is a perfect month to make your move, as it’s World Trade Month, and SBA has a lot to offer.  Our export loans assist U.S. small businesses in accessing the financing needed to sell to global customers and our State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) provides grants to small businesses through awards to state governments. 

To learn more, please join us on May 27 for an exciting webinar focusing on Utilizing eCommerce Tools to Drive Global Sales.  Or join us for the Business Beyond Borders: Commemorating World Trade Month webinar today at 2 p.m. to learn about STEP grants, free exporting advice and export financing. Or learn about programs that can help your business on the road to recovery with Using SBA’s International Trade Programs to Grow Your Small Business Beyond the Pandemic a webinar recorded with the Public Private Strategies Institute.

We hope you’ll celebrate World Trade Month, and make a smart move for your business’s future, by reaching out to let SBA help you reach global customers.  And if it’s after May, no problem, we will still be here ready to support your expansion through trade…because every month is World Trade Month at the SBA.

Asian American & Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month Webinar

AANHPI National Webinar

Join SBA for an online panel discussion with Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander-owned small businesses on May 27 as they share their small business stories and how they utilized SBA’s economic aid to pivot during the pandemic.

You will also learn about the SBA resources available to help entrepreneurs compete in the marketplace: launch or expand businesses; receive counseling; funding opportunities; and help to recover or rebuild from disasters.


Information Corner

SBA Veterans Small Business Advisory Committees to  

Host Virtual Public Meetings June 2 and 3

The U.S. Small Business Administration's Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development (IATF) and Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs (ACVBA) will hold virtual public meetings on June 2 and 3, respectively, via Microsoft Teams.   

"Each quarter, our advisory committees convene to discuss the challenges faced by the veteran small business community as well as to recommend advice and policy changes for our Agency, Congress, the President, and other policymakers to ensure our Nation’s heroes are supported throughout their entrepreneurial journey," said Larry Stubblefield, Associate Administrator for the SBA's Office of Veterans Business Development. "We encourage veteran small business owners and stakeholders to join our meetings to provide public comment and learn how our committees are working to reduce barriers to entrepreneurship for veterans across the country.” 

The IATF will meet on Wednesday, June 2, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (EDT) via this Microsoft Teams link. To join the meeting by phone instead, use (202) 765-1264 and Conference ID: 979 863 534# 

The ACVBA will meet on Thursday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EDT) via this Microsoft Teams link. To join by phone instead, dial (202) 765-1264 and enter the Conference ID: 804 504 248#   

The IATF meeting will include committee member updates from the Departments of Defense, Labor, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; General Services Administration; Office of Management and Budget; North Carolina Military Business Center; Student Veterans of America; and American Legion. Committee members will also receive the latest updates on the SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development, veteran-owned small business access to federal surplus property as well as updates from the VA’s Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization on small business program status and the certification transfer from VA to the SBA.  

The ACVBA meeting will include opening remarks from the SBA's Office of Veterans Business Development's Associate Administrator and the ACVBA Chairwoman, followed by guest speakers' briefings. The presentations will include briefings on veterans business development, veteran-owned small business access to federal surplus property, access to capital and veteran lending, the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act CVE transfer from VA to SBA, VA’s small business program status, and the Farmer Veteran Coalition.  

Public comments and questions are strongly encouraged to be submitted in advance by May 28 via email to or by phone at (202) 205-6773. For technical support, please visit the Microsoft Teams support page. Meeting presentations and minutes will be available after both meetings at, under the "Federal Advisory Committees" section. 

Upcoming Events

Caribbean Developments in the Digitization, E-Commerce, and Logistics Sectors
SBA Sponsored
May 26, 2021 - 10:00 AM EST

Doing Business in Canada: Overview of Taxes for Non-Resident
SBA Sponsored
May 26, 2021 - 1:00 PM EST 

Caribbean Developments in the Construction and Infrastructure Sectors
SBA Sponsored
May 27, 2021 - 10:00 AM EST

Truist Bank - Third Party Payroll Services - Common Questions
SCORE Business Mentor
Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 12:00pm EDT

Caribbean Developments in the Telecommunications Sector
SBA Sponsored
May 28, 2021 - 10:00 AM EST