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How to Search for Contracts with the Federal Government

Hosted by the Francis Marion University Kelley Center. A representative from SBA will walk you through searching for business opportunities with the Federal Government.

You will learn:

  • How to search contracts using and
  • Searching for Federal contracts over $25, 000 using or

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 9:30am EDT

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Government contracting classroom

Federal Contracting Readiness Program

This comprehensive (8) week training program will assist 7(j) eligible firms interested in obtaining 8(a) certification. The webinar will focus on the process of becoming “Federal Contracting Ready”.

You Will Learn: 8(a) Eligibility Requirements, Federal Contracting Environment, Potential for Success and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) / DCAA Compliance.

Friday, July 23, 2021 - 11:00am CDT


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SBA Hosts National SBIR Week to Connect Technology Innovators & Entrepreneurs with Research Funding  

The U.S. Small Business Administration will host 2021 National SBIR Week on July 19 through July 23 for small business innovators.  The virtual event will connect entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to the country’s largest source of early-stage funding – the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.  The SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman will provide welcome remarks on July 19.

“The $4 billion in federal non-dilutive funding offered through SBA’s SBIR/STTR programs is often a critical milestone in moving an entrepreneur’s research idea from concept to commercial product/services. This national conference will enable entrepreneurs across the country to engage virtually with the federal program managers that oversee more than 7,000 awards annually,” said John Williams, Director of Innovation and Technology. “SBA is committed to making sure innovators – particularly women, minorities, and those located in states with less access to federal or private funding to advance their ideas – are aware of the SBIR and STTR programs and gain a higher percentage of that funding moving forward.”

The SBA is committed to building an inclusive innovation ecosystem to ensure that entrepreneurs from historically underrepresented communities can fully participate in next- generation research and development. SBIR Week will feature complimentary events from organizations involved in supporting entrepreneurs across the country including, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC).

The MBDA InVision Tour will take place on July 21.  The InVision Tour is designed to empower minority entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to the commercial marketplace. Throughout the entire week, program managers from the participating federal agencies will conduct virtual one-on-one meetings with small businesses, take part in live targeted panels, discuss technology areas, and share insights into how the agencies make funding decisions.

Small technology firms, innovators, scientists, or researchers seeking more information, including the event schedule and participating agencies, should visit  

Community Navigator

SBA Announces Extension of $100 Million Grant ‘Community Navigator Pilot’ Program Proposals to July 23, 2021

Grant program to strengthen outreach to businesses in underserved communities enacted through the American Rescue Plan

The U.S. Small Business Administration  announced the extended application date for its new Community Navigator Pilot Program. SBA will now accept proposal submissions through July 23, 2021, and anticipates making award decisions by September 2021. This new initiative, established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, will leverage a community navigator approach to reach our nation’s smallest businesses, with a priority focus on those owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, as well as women and veterans. The Biden-Harris Administration has made delivering equitable relief to hard-hit small businesses a top priority and will continue to take steps to ensure equitable distribution of relief.

“As SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman reinforces, we have to meet small businesses where they are.  This program is designed to empower a hyperlocal approach through a national network of community navigators who are on the ground truly connecting, empathizing, and tailoring solutions for our small businesses during critical recovery,” said SBA Associate Administrator for the Office for Entrepreneurial Development Mark Madrid. “This bold effort underscores our agency’s commitment to advance equity and bolster an ecosystem in which small businesses continue to apply for the diverse suite of SBA resources, services, and/or programs throughout various stages of business recovery, growth, scale, and/or maturity.”  

The Community Navigator Program will have a significant impact in revitalizing small businesses through a Hub and Spoke “Navigator” featuring a lead “Hub” – at the center of a network of “Spoke” organizations that deploy trusted community advocates to work with small businesses during recovery. These networks leverage the business development expertise of the central hub organization and the community credibility of spoke organizations to better connect critical resources with small businesses, with the priority focus on those owned by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

“Inclusion and access continue to be among the most important priorities for aiding small business through recovery. Our underrepresented, women and Native American businesses need our support now to grow and strengthen our economy. Community Navigators is about connecting and rebuilding community to ensure more American small businesses survive and thrive,” said SBA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women’s Business Ownership Natalie Madeira Cofield.

Competitive grant awards will range from $1 million to $5 million for a two-year performance period. Applicants have until July 23, 2021 to submit their applications at, Funding Opportunity Number CNP-2021-01. Performance periods are projected to commence in September 2021. Those eligible to apply must meet and demonstrate abilities to support requirements of this funding opportunity.

For more information on the Community Navigators Initiative, please visit

Upcoming Events

SizeUpSC and the South Carolina Department of Commerce
Women's Business Center
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 10:00am EDT

Nonprofit Fundraising Process Webinar
SCORE Business Mentor
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 12:00pm EDT

Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program: Becoming Certified
SBA Sponsored
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - 9:30am EDT