SBA News: Small Business Week Wrap Up, Downtown Brainerd Visit, Tax Tips and Upcoming Trainings

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Brainerd Small Business Tour Highlights

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SBA's Minnesota District Director Brian McDonald and Deputy Twila Kennedy got out of the office during National Small Business Week for a visit to the rural Brainerd area.

On Monday we visited several businesses with the Small Business Development Center and the Women's Business Alliance of Little Falls. Tuesday we visited several more small businesses  with the Initiative Foundation and other partners in the downtown area.  

Learn more about our visits and see the photos on our Twitter page here and here.

National Small Business Week Wrap-up

Although the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit has ended, content and information is still available online, including these main sessions:

  • Administrator Guzman and restaurateur Chef José Andrés: A fireside chat 
  • Access to Capital for Women Entrepreneurs
  • The Importance of Black and Brown Community: Coming Together to Support Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, and Small Business Day
  • Pathways to Entrepreneurship: A Fireside Chat
  • Empowering the Veteran and Military Small Business Community
  • and more.

On-Demand videos are now available through the NSBW registration page on and the SBA Channel on YouTube.

Positioning Hispanic Owned Businesses for Success in Gov't Contracting

This one day event is designed to help Hispanic / Latino owned businesses better position themselves for government contracting. SBA's Economic Development Specialist Maribel Reigstad will be presenting during this one day event to give you insight on what the SBA has to offer your small business when it comes to government contracting.  

Learn more here.

Upcoming SBA Training

The SBA is hosting training webinars to provide SBA to help entrepreneurs and small business owners start, grow, expand, and recover. 

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

  • Learn to Trade Series: Standards and Complying with Foreign Regulations
    Sept. 28, 1 p.m.; Register
  • Conozca las buenas prácticas para emprender con éxito (with LEDC)
    Oct. 6, 2 p.m.; Register

  • Growth Programs Info Session featuring Emerging Leaders &CEO Next
    Oct. 7, 12 p.m.; Register

  • Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, A Legal Overview
    Oct. 5, 9 a.m.; Register

  • Steps for Starting a Small Business
    October 13, 1 p.m.; Register
  • Veteran's Resource Brief
    Sept. 10, 10 a.m.; Register
  • Finding and Retaining Employees (with MN DEED CareerForce)
    Oct. 22, 10 a.m.; Register

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Video Series Promoting Wellness for Small Business Owners

The Northwest SBDC has launched a website with videos promoting wellness and self-care for small business owners throughout the Northwest Minnesota region. There are currently six short videos from local experts speaking to a variety of wellness topics.

Current videos cover the following topics:

  • Physical and Mental Health with Billy Fisher
  • Practicing Resiliency with Deb McGregor
  • Bring Your Whole Brain with Mary Gleason
  • Intercepting Burnout with Taryn Laakso
  • Reclaim Your Joy with Deb McGregor
  • Sharpen the Battle Axe with Tate Sorvig

View the Videos

SBA Resource Partner Trainings

  • HR Basics: When Growing from Start-Up to 20+ Employees - Session 1 (SCORE)
    Sept 21; Learn More
  • Want to Access the Billions of Dollars within the Department of Energy? Here’s How! (VBOC)
    Sept. 21; Learn More

  • Intro to Social Media Advertising (SCORE)
    Sept. 21; Learn More

  • Northeast Regional Broadband Summit (SBDC)
    Sept. 22; Learn More

  • Accounting 101: Using QuickBooks Online (SCORE)
    Sept. 22; Learn More
  • Home Health Business Insurance (SCORE)
    Sept. 22; Learn More
  • Labor Shortage - Automation (SBDC)
    Sept. 22; Learn More

  • In-Person Speed Networking (SCORE)
    Sept. 23; Learn More

    How to Engage and Position During Government Prospect Meetings (VBOC)
    Sept. 23; Learn More
  • Marketing Basics: What You Need to Know to Set Your Marketing Plan (SCORE)
    Sept. 23; Learn More
  • Starting a Business in MN (SBDC)
    Sept. 28; Learn More
  • HR Basics: When Growing from Start-Up to 20+ Employees - Session 2 (SCORE)
    Sept. 28; Learn More
  • QuickBooks Basics: Desktop Version (SCORE)
    Sept. 29; Learn More
  • The Ins and Outs of Federal Small Disadvantaged Business Self-Certification (VBOC)
    Sept. 30; Learn More

  • Purpose-Driven Finances (SCORE)
    Sept. 30; Learn More
  • Maximizing the Value of Your Business (SBDC)
    Oct. 5; Learn More

  • Labor Shortage - Creating Efficiency (SBDC)
    Oct. 6; Learn More

  • Veteran Women Support Group Session (VBOC)
    Oct. 14; Learn More
  • Labor Shortage – Retention (SBDC)
    Oct. 20; Learn More

Tax Tips from the IRS

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Get more IRS Tax Tips here.

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