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Federal Contracting 101

Hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) South Carolina District Office.

Are you looking to expand your business into contracting opportunities with the federal government?

Are you registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) at www.sam.gov?

Are you eligible for federal certifications for your business at www.certify.sba.gov?

Participants will learn how to qualify, apply, and utilize certifications to seek federal contracts.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 12:00pm EDT


How to Do Business with the Federal Government

How to Do Business with the Federal Government

In collaboration with the Francis Marion Kelley Center for Economic Development. Learn how to register to do business with the Federal Government and how to get a DUNS number.

TOPICS COVERED: How to register to Do Business with the federal government, how to determine NAICS code, how to get a DUNS number, learn how to search and determine the right NAICS for your industry, and what is required to register in System for Award Management (SAM) to do business with the government.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 9:30am EDT


Information Corner


SBA Administrator Announces Closure of Restaurant Revitalization Fund Program

Over 100k restaurants were awarded $28.6 billion; Average award was $283K

U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Isabel Guzman announced the closure of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) program, signed into law by President Joe Biden as part of the American Rescue Plan. The program provided much needed economic aid to restaurants and other establishments struggling to make ends meet as a result of the pandemic.

“The $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund provided desperately needed relief to more than 100,000 restaurants and other food and beverage businesses across the nation with significant funding going to our hardest-hit, underserved businesses,” said SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman. “Restaurants are at the center of our neighborhoods and propel economic activity on Main Streets. As among the first to close in this pandemic and likely the last to reopen, many are still struggling to survive. The SBA will continue to work hard to ensure they get the resources they need to recover, rebuild and be resilient.”

As of June 30, 2021, the RRF program received more than 278,000 submitted eligible applications representing over $72.2 billion in requested funds, and approximately 101,000 applicants have been approved to restaurants, bars and other restaurant-type businesses. Underserved populations received approximately $18 billion in grant awards including :

  • Women-Owned businesses ~ $7.5 billion
  • Veteran-Owned businesses ~ $1 billion
  • Social and economically disadvantaged-Owned businesses ~ $6.7 billion
  • Businesses Owned by Representatives of Multiple Underserved Populations ~ $2.8 billion

The remainder of the $28.6 billion was awarded to eligible applicants not identified as part of an underserved group.

The average size of grant awards to applicants was $283K:

  • 2 percent of approved dollars for $50K and Under
  • 9 percent of approved dollars for $50K - $100K
  • 6 percent of approved dollars for $100K - $150K
  • 2 percent of approved dollars for $150K - $350K
  • 2 percent of approved dollars for $350K - $1M
  • 4 percent of approved dollars for $1M - $2M
  • 0 percent of approved dollars for $2M - $5M
  • 6 percent of approved dollars for $5M - $10M

As outlined by Congress, restaurants and bars were eligible for economic aid equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss, with a cap of $10 million per business and $5 million per location. The funds were available for certain eligible uses, like payroll and rent.

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund application platform will remain open for the next two weeks to allow applicants to check their status, address payment corrections, or ask questions.  The SBA will disable access to the platform on July 14, 2021.

With the closure of the RRF, the SBA will continue deliver economic aid to help small businesses recover with critical relief through programs such as the Economic Injury Disaster Loans [EIDL], Targeted EIDL Advance and Supplemental Targeted Advance and the Community Navigator Program. For additional information on SBA’s Economic Relief programs, visit COVID-19 relief options (sba.gov)

Upcoming Events

HR Webinar Series - Session Four: Maintaining Well-Being to Drive Your Business
Small Business Development Center
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 12:00pm EDT

Federal Contracting Readiness Program (FCRP)
SBA Sponsored
Friday, July 9, 2021 - 11:00am CDT

Use YouTube To Grow Your Business
Women's Business Center
Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 12:00pm EDT

Using Live Online Events to Market Manufacturing Technologies
SBA Sponsored
Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 2:00pm EDT

How to Search for Contracts with the Federal Government
SBA Sponsored
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 9:30am EDT