SBA News: LGBTQ+ Small Business Panel Today; New July/August Trainings

Wisconsin District Office--June 24, 2021

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LGBT Webinar on June 24 at 1 pm EDT

TODAY: Celebrating LBGTQ+ Owned Small Businesses

Julie Verratti, associate administrator for SBA’s Office of Field Operations will moderate the event and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Wisconsin's 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


Small Business Tax Credit Programs

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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?

Learn more

Government Contracting Webinar: Get on the GSA Schedule


Interested in contracting with the federal government? Join the U.S. General Services Administration for a webinar on June 29, 2021 at 1 pm CT  to learn about the GSA Multiple Award Schedules Program and how to get on the GSA Schedule.

June 29, 1 pm


Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. Accepting applications starting on April 8.

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

Small Business Summer School

New! July & August Webinars with SBA and Partners

Trainings with SBA


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

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

Just added! 15th Annual Government Opportunities Business Conference (with WPI), July 22, 8 am

Partnering with Purpose: A Roadmap to Developing Successful Teams and Partnerships (with WPI),  Aug 17, 10 am

Partner Trainings


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

Just added! Wordpress vs. WIX (SBDC), July 8, 1:30 pm

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

      July 13, 6 pm       Aug 11, 6 pm

Just added! Leading with Emotional Intelligence (SBDC), July 20, 8:30 am

Just added! Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Small Business Websites (SBDC), July 21, 10 am


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