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Wisconsin District Office--July 6, 2021

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July 8 Deadline: Fill Job Openings

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Small business owners who are finding it hard to fill job openings may be eligible to petition the government for help. There are still 6,000 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services H-2B visas for people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador who are exempt from the returning worker requirement.

The supplemental visas address the needs of U.S. employers at risk of permanent and severe financial loss. Interested qualified businesses can petition for these visas before July 8, 2021.

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Community Navigators Pilot Program: New Deadline July 23

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State, local, and tribal governments, nonprofits, and SBA resource partners now have until July 23 to submit proposals for this $1 to $5 million grant serving disadvantaged populations, women, and veterans.  “Hub” organizations make the grant application which may include up to to five "Spoke" organizations deployed to reach the smallest businesses. New FAQs are also available in the Documents tab of the Notice of Funding Opportunity

Notice of Funding Opportunity

15th Annual Government Opportunities Business Conference July 22

Join SBA virtually at one of Wisconsin's most important government contracting events of the year. SBA's Wisconsin District Director Eric Ness will be speaking at this full day conference.

The Defense Contract Management Agency, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Husch Blackwell, and Boeing will also participate. 

More info

Part 2 will be in person at the Volk Field Air National Guard Base at Fort McCoy on October 21. Save the date!

SBA-backed Women's Business Center Opens in La Crosse

WWBIC La Crosse opening

SBA’s District Director Eric Ness helped the Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corp. open its newest SBA-backed location in La Crosse serving southwestern Wisconsin. The center--which serves men too!--is one of 20 funded by SBA earlier this year.
Pictured holding the scissors: (l-r) WWBIC Chief Visionary Officer Wendy Baumann; Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. CEO Missy Hughes; and SBA Wisconsin DD Eric Ness. The new center's project director, Mara Keyes, is pictured 3rd from right.  The new center is located at 3500 State Road 16, La Crosse, WI 54601 and the phone number is 608-668-4400.  

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Find Your SBA Account Login

Wondering how to access your SBA account login for loans, grants, or contracting? This webpage has details of how to do that for your Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, 7a and 504 loans, Shuttered Venues Operators Grant, and more.

It can help existing borrowers and contractors monitor their loan status, find the pages to set up and manage online payments, and more.

Check it out

Small Business Summer School

Webinars: Teaming, Funding, Take Your Business Online and More

Trainings with SBA


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

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


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

What Would WWBIC Do? July 13, 1 pm

Strong Women, Strong Coffee (WWBIC), July 14, 8 am

3 Tools to Get Your Business Online (Western WI WBC), July 15, 10:30 am

So You Want to Start a Business (WWBIC), July 15, 1 pm

Café Fuerte para Soñar: Platicas Virtuales Mensual (WWBIC), July 17, 10 am

El Plan de Negocio Esencial (WWBIC), July 19, 6 pm

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

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

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

The Power of Credit (WWBIC), July 21, 6 pm

Cup of Joe Networking Event (WWBIC), July 22, 8 am

ABC's of Business Plan (WWBIC), July 22, 1 pm

Marquette Law School Entrepreneurship Clinic Hours, July 23, 12 pm

Friday Feature: Is It Time to Sell? (WWBIC)  July 23, 1 pm

Cashflow, Cashflow, Cashflow! (WWBIC, July 29, 1 pm

Be the Boss of Your Money (WWBIC), July 29, 6 pm

First Steps to Starting a Business (SBDC)-3-session course starts Aug 4, 7 pm

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