SBA News: LGBTQ+ Business Resources and June 24 Small Business Panel

Wisconsin District Office--June 18, 2021

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LGBT Webinar on June 24 at 1 pm EDT

June 24: Celebrating LBGTQ+ Owned Small Businesses with SBA and Wisconsin's Senator Tammy Baldwin


Join the SBA on June 24 at 12:00 pm CDT for an online panel discussion with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender-owned small businesses as they share their small business stories and how they used SBA’s economic aid to pivot during the pandemic.

You also will learn about 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. Julie Verratti, associate administrator for SBA’s Office of Field Operations will moderate the event and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) also will participate. 

Panelists include:

  • Christopher Diebel, owner, Bubba Southern Comforts, Des Moines, Iowa
  • John Pepe, co-owner, Chez Est, Hartford, Conn.
  • Tina Reynolds, president, Uptown Studios, Sacramento, Calif.
  • Kelly Wilson, owner/co-founder, Weave Gotcha Covered, Kansas City, Missouri

 June 24, 12 pm


Pride Month

More Resources for LGBTQ+Business Owners

SBA helps entrepreneurs with access to capital, mentorship, and business opportunities. The following items will help you get started.

Small Business Summer School

Summer Trainings You Need with SBA and Partners

New Webinars with SBA


How Employers and Business Owners Can Comply with American Rescue Plan Changes      June 23, 10 am


COVID Tax Relief for Employers and Business Owners (with IRS)  June 29, 10 am

Back to Basics: SBA Funding Programs, July 15, 10 am    Aug 4, 10 am

Challenges in Developing Successful Business Teams and Partnerships (with WPI), July 20, 10 am

A Roadmap to Developing Successful Teams and Partnerships (with WPI),

                    Aug 17, 10 am

Partner Trainings


Café Fuerte para Soñar: Platicas Virtuales Mensual (WWBIC), June 19, 10 am

ABC's of Business Plans (WWBIC), June 23, 1 pm

Strong Women, Strong Coffee (WWBIC), June 24, 8 am

Friday Feature: Certification (WWBIC), June 25, 1 pm

Cashflow, Cashflow, Cashflow! (WWBIC), June 30, 1 pm

Start a Small Business in Eight Steps (Western WI WBC),

      July 13, 6 pm       Aug 11, 6 pm


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