SBA News: SBA Resource Partner Helps Wood Artists Build Bigger Dreams + Other Disaster Funding and Upcoming Trainings

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SBA Resource Partner Helps Wood Artists Build Bigger Dreams

Anna and Nathanael Bailey

“Big dreamers” is how Anna and Nathanael Bailey describe themselves. The Baileys are wood artists and co-owners of Bailey Builds.

Using SBA programs and services, the Entrepreneur Fund stepped in to keep their big dreams alive when traditional financing fell through during the early days of the pandemic.

Bailey Builds is located in a revitalized 1930s-era gas station nestled in the historic Spirit Valley neighborhood of West Duluth. The shop features handcrafted mosaics made by the Baileys, artwork from over 40 local artists, a gallery, and small venue event space, along with an Airbnb upstairs.

In early 2020, the Baileys recognized that they had outgrown their space....

Read on

Disaster Loans Available for Non-COVID Related Economic Injury

In addition to the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans available to help small businesses mitigate the impacts of COVID, there are multiple other declared disasters impacting Minnesotans where the EIDL program benefits could be of assistance. 

Events include several severe weather incidents across the state since 2018, as well as civil unrest in 2020. Deadlines to apply for low interest loans to help with expenses for several of these declarations are coming up soon.

To check to see if you are in a qualifying area, visit this page.

Learn More

Upcoming SBA Training

The SBA Minnesota District Office is hosting training webinars to provide SBA COVID-19 funding options and general technical assistance to help entrepreneurs and small business owners start, grow, expand, and recover. 

To learn more and register today, visit the links below:

  • Veteran's Resource Brief
    July 9, 10 a.m.; Register

Additional trainings coming soon!

local assistance, resource partners, coronavirus, get free virtual counseling, mentoring, and training

SBA Resource Partner Trainings

  • Business Development Essentials (SCORE)
    July 6; Learn More
  • The Importance of Digital Marketing (SCORE)
    July 6; Learn More
  • Starting a Food Business 101 (SCORE)
    July 6; Learn More
  • Getting Ready (3 Session Series, WomenVenture)
    July 7 or July 9
  • Franchising Basics (SCORE)
    July 7; Learn More
  • WomenVenture Overview 
    July 8, Learn More
  • Accounting 101: Using Quickbooks Online (SCORE)
    July 8; Learn More
  • Social Media Marketing Made Easy (WomenVenture)
    July 12; Learn More

  • Credit for Small Business (SCORE)
    July 13, Learn More

  • Three Strategies for Building a Consultancy (SCORE)
    July 13; Learn More

  • Understanding Google Analytics To Grow Your Business (SCORE)
    July 14; Learn More

  • Finders Keepers: What You Can Do to Find and Keep Employees (SBDC)
    July 14; Learn More
  • Tax Basics 101 (SCORE)
    July 14; Learn More

  • Powerful Website (SCORE)
    July 15; Learn More
  • PPP and Other COVID Relieft Options (SCORE)
    July 20; Learn More
  • Know Your Numbers (SCORE)
    July 21; Learn More
  • QuickBooks Basics: Desktop Version (SCORE)
    July 22; Learn More
  • Search Engine Optimization (SCORE)
    July 22; Learn More
  • Grow Your Business With SEO 2.0 (SCORE)
    July 27; Learn More

  • Understanding Your Business Finances (SBDC)
    Aug. 11; Learn More
  • Marketing Your Business Using Website Techniques and Your Google My Business Listing (SBDC)
    Aug. 24; Learn More

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