SBA San Antonio District Office Newsletter | August 2021

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Join the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for an online panel discussion with rural-owned small businesses as they share their small business stories and how they utilized SBA and USDA economic aid to pivot during the pandemic.

You will also learn about resources available from the SBA and USDA to help rural entrepreneurs compete in the marketplace: launch or expand businesses; receive counseling; funding opportunities; and help to recover or rebuild from disasters.

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Join us September 13 – September 15, 2021, for the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Attend this free, online event to learn new business strategies, meet other business owners, and chat with industry experts! This 3-day, action-packed event will include educational webinars, updates on resources for small businesses, and a networking chat room for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Nearly 96 percent of consumers live outside the United States, and two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power is in foreign countries. 

Most U.S. banks view loans for exporters as risky. This makes it harder for you to get loans for things like day-to-day operations, advance orders with suppliers, and refinancing existing debts. That’s why SBA created programs to provide lenders with up to a 90 percent guaranty on export loans.

To  learn more about SBA export loan programs, contact your local SBA Export Finance Manager or SBA's Office of International Trade

See a list of participating export lenders.

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The  U.S. Small Business Administration is announcing a call to all eligible Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) applicants seeking economic aid for live entertainment small businesses, nonprofits, and venues. New applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. PT on Friday, August 20, 2021. The SVOG program has so far awarded $8.4 billion in grants to more than 10,800 businesses to assist in getting the nation’s cultural institutions, which are critical to the economy and were among the first to shutter, back on track.

While the application portal will close to new applicants, the SBA will continue delivering economic aid to help venues recover by providing critical relief through the supplemental awards program. Later this month the SBA will open the program for supplemental SVOGs for 50% of the original award amount, capped at a total of $10 million (initial and supplemental combined). Details will be announced at a later date.

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Borrowers can apply for forgiveness via the SBA portal or your PPP lender, depending on whether your lender is participating in direct forgiveness. Complete your loan forgiveness application and submit it via the SBA direct forgiveness portal or via your lender with the re­quired supporting documents. Your lender may follow up to request additional documentation.

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Visit the knowledge base to learn more about the SBA Women-Owned Small Business federal contracting program. Find 📺 How-to videos, 📄 Forms, ❓ FAQs, 📑 User guides, and more.

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Learn about federal programs that help veteran-owned small businesses access federal contract awards and surplus personal property.

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9 Resources To Help Black Owned Small Businesses

To help Black-owned small businesses continue to succeed, we asked CEOs and business leaders for their best tips. From looking into local chapters of Black Business Association to the Black Owned Everything website, there are several resources that can help the continued growth and success of Black-owned small businesses for years to come.  

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Facts About Small Businesses: Women-Owned Businesses

There were roughly 12 million women-owned businesses in 2017, with $388.1 billion in payroll and 10.1 million employees. However, women remain underrepresented in small business ownership. For more information on women small business owners, read the new Advocacy fact sheet

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New Funding Opportunity Available For Economic Research On Small Businesses

The Office of Advocacy is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for economic research related to the economic impacts of the pandemic. The solicitation is available on here. Proposal submissions are open until Thursday, August 19.

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