Inspiring Webinars, Tax Credit Info & More in the SBA Newsletter

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Elevating Small Business Series on June 24 at 1 pm EDT

Join the SBA on June 24 at 1:00 p.m. EDT for an online panel discussion with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender-owned small businesses 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.

The event will be moderated by Julie Verratti, Associate Administrator for the SBA’s Office of Field Operations. In addition, there will be participation from Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).

Panelists include:

  • Christopher Diebel, Owner, Bubba Southern Comforts, Des Moines, IA
  • John Pepe, Co-Owner, Chez Est, Hartford, CT
  • Tina Reynolds, President, Uptown Studios, Sacramento, CA
  • Kelly Wilson, Owner/Co-founder, Weave Gotcha Covered, Kansas City, MO


SBA and PPSI Educational Webinar Series, Getting Back on Track: Help is Here

SBA and Public Private Strategies Institute are hosting several webinars from June to August to help you get your business back on track. Join us for our next webinar on June 24, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EDT to:

  • Hear about what steps you can take now to learn and take advantage of new and existing programs that are available at the SBA
  • Get an update regarding programs and recent policy announcements made by the Biden-Harris Administration
  • Have your questions answered by SBA Leadership and small business experts
  • Learn how you can become a vaccine leader in your community
  • Discover tools and resources you can use to take your business digital

The webinars in this series are open to any small business owner and leader. They are divided geographically by SBA regions and feature guest speakers from the corresponding areas. However, the majority of the information pertains to a national audience, so you may register for a webinar outside your location.


Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. Apply at


SBA is currently accepting applications for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. To submit an application, visit

Find a COVID-19 vaccine


Did you know? Eligible businesses that allow employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine can receive a tax credit. Partner with a vaccine provider to host an on-site vaccination clinic.

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Community Navigator

Attention community organizations! Consider applying for SBA's Community Navigator Pilot Program by July 12, 2021. You can play a role in connecting underserved small businesses with resources they need to recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic. 

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Small Business Tax Credit Programs

Did you know that the American Rescue Plan extends a number of critical tax benefits, particularly the Employee Retention Credit and Paid Leave Credit, to small businesses?

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Government Contracting Webinar

Interested in contracting with the federal government? Join the U.S. General Services Administration for a webinar on June 29, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EDT to learn about the GSA Multiple Award Schedules Program and how to get on the GSA Schedule.


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Funding Competition for Organizations Providing Federal Procurement Training to Veteran Entrepreneurs

The SBA recently announced that non-profit organizations and private sector firms are now eligible to compete for funding of up to $500,000 to deliver federal procurement training to veteran and service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs. 

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Be Inspired: Small Business Success Story

Pride is a common theme these days for Chris Diebel. The co-owner and managing partner of Des Moines, Iowa-based Bubba is proud of the restaurant industry’s resiliency and ongoing support of the LGBTQ+ community despite a very challenging year.

Bubba started in 2013 as a pop-up operation at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, which sold out every night. It took another three years of planning and refining the southern food concept, as well as identifying the right location that made sense financially.

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Beware of malicious COVID-19 phishing


As a reminderSBA directly communicates from email addresses ending in SBA also communicates via email updates/notifications using an email marketing platform, (the same one you are receiving this newsletter from). Those emails end in

If you applied for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant and emailed the SVOG Support Center, you may receive an email back from a account. This is an authorized SBA contractor.

If you are being contacted by someone claiming to be from the SBA who is not using an official SBA email address, you should suspect fraud. To report potential fraud, visit

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Federal Coronavirus Resources

State, local, and federal agencies are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Check out for updates from the White House's COVID-19 Task Force. Go to for detailed information about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Visit, the official federal resource website for U.S. small businesses affected by COVID-19.

Learn more about the federal government's response

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Virtual Mentoring and Training 

Offices around the country may be closed due to the pandemic, but SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, Veterans Business Outreach Centers and other resource partners are providing free business mentoring and training by phone, email, and video.

Find an SBA resource partner near you

Join the SBA team: Employment opportunities to support SBA's COVID-19 pandemic response