SBA News: Getting Comfortable with the New SAM.gov and more training opportunities

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Business Smart Series

More Spots Available for SBA Business Smart Series

Due to overwhelming demand, we've added more spots to our three part series designed to help lay the groundwork for new and aspiring entrepreneurs like you to launch a business idea and to understand the steps to building a small business.

All classes will be held virtually.  Register for one or more of the three modules below.  

  • Ready: Business Startup Basics 
    August 12, 9 a.m.; Register

  • Set: Becoming Credit-Ready 
    August 19, 9 a.m.; Register

  • Go: Finding Additional Support and Resources 
    August 26, 9 a.m.; Register


Help Government Understand Economic Recovery

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is tracking the economic recovery among businesses across the Ninth District, a region that includes Minnesota, the Dakotas, Montana, parts of Wisconsin, and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 

You can take this 5-minute survey to help government agencies better understand effects on your business. It's been shortened and streamlined so that you can offer feedback more quickly.

Your input will help the Federal Reserve System shape monetary policy to help businesses survive this economic shock. If you get this survey from multiple sources, please respond to the survey only once.


Additional 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:

  • Getting Comfortable with the New SAM.gov
    Aug. 3, 9 a.m.; Register
  • Steps for Starting a Small Business
    August 11, 12 p.m.; Register
  • Veteran's Resource Brief
    Aug 14, 10 a.m.; Register
  • Pasos simples para iniciar un negocio en Minnesota
    August 18, 2 p.m.; Register
  • Doing Business with the States of MN, ND, SD
    Sept. 14, 9 a.m.; Register
  • Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, A Legal Overview
    Oct. 5, 9 a.m.; Register


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

SBA Resource Partner Trainings

  • Selling a Business (SCORE)
    July 28; Learn More
  • Tracking Your Business Using Spreadsheets (SCORE)
    July 28; Learn More
  • Financial Wellness (SCORE)
    July 29; Learn More
  • Local Search Engine Optimization(SEO) Strategies to Get Your Business Found Online (SCORE)
    July 29; Learn More
  • Veteran Women Support Group Session (VBOC)
    July 29, Aug. 12; Learn More
  • Making the Leap to Entrepreneurship - Is the Right Time Now? (SCORE)
    Aug. 3; Learn More
  • Home-based Business Ownership - Is it the Next Step in Your Career? (SCORE)
    Aug. 5; Learn More
  • Time Management Techniques (SCORE)
    Aug. 5; Learn More
  • Exploring Childcare Business Opportunities (WomenVenture)
    Aug. 9; Learn More
  • WomenVenture Services Overview
    Aug 9; Learn More
  • Grow Your Business With Video and YouTube (SCORE)
    Aug. 10; Learn More

  • Prevailing Wage Seminar (Department of Labor)
    Aug. 11, 12, or 25; Learn More

  • Getting Ready - For early-stage businesses (WomenVenture)
    Aug. 11; Learn More
  • Understanding Your Business Finances (SBDC)
    Aug. 11; Learn More
  • Scrappy Branding (SCORE) 
    Aug. 12; Learn More
  • Business Planning using a Bubble Chart Road Map (SBDC)
    August 12; Learn More
  • Optimizing Your Pricing Strategy to Maximize Profits (SCORE)
    Aug. 12; Learn More
  • A Simple Process to Manage Your Time and Identify Which Items to Delegate (SCORE)
    Aug. 19; Learn More
  • WomenVenture Services Overview
    Aug 19; Learn More
  • Profit Mastery - 2 Days in Duluth (SBDC)
    Aug. 19-20; Learn More
  • Writing Your Technical Business Plan (SCORE)
    Aug. 24; Learn More
  • Google Analytics 2.0 - Beyond The Basics (SCORE)
    Aug. 24; Learn More
  • Marketing Your Business Using Website Techniques and Your Google My Business Listing (SBDC)
    Aug. 24; Learn More
  • To Incorporate or Not to Incorporate Your Business? That is the Question (SCORE)
    Aug. 24; Learn More

Stay Updated

For more on SBA programs for the coronavirus, please visit www.sba.gov/relief.

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