Updates from New England SBA

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New England Regional Office  - September 16, 2021

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Illustration of main street businesses with the following text, Happy National Small Business Week, celebrating resilience and renewal

Although SBA's 2021 Virtual Summit ended yesterday, it is still National Small Business Week (NSBW).  For more than 50 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration has celebrated NSBW, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. NSBW honors the nation’s 32.5 million small businesses for their perseverance, ingenuity, triumphs and creativity.

On Friday, September 17, 2021 at 10am, join the SBA New Hampshire District Office for a NSBW webinar to highlight the resiliency, perseverance and creativity of the local small business community.  

Hear from local small business owners and find out about their resiliency, recovery, and successes. Join in to hear their stories and get inspired.  

Meet SCORE Business Advisor Gene Calvano from Merrimack Valley NH Chapter. Gene will explain the resources available from SCORE including COMPASS, a unique Business Assessment tool for small to medium-sized businesses and the Business Model Canvas, a one-page tool to help plan and model your business. 

SBA New Hampshire staff will explain the SBA Ascent Platform which assists women business owners with strategies geared towards growth and success. 

The Small Business Panel includes:

Alec Liberman – On Target Fitness – Portsmouth, NH

Alec is a graduate of the University of Maine, a proud USMC Veteran, and the owner of ‘On Target Fitness' in Portsmouth, NH. He started his business with help from SCORE Mentor Paul Mondello of the Merrimack Valley Chapter in 2015. Alec was honored as the SBA 2019 Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Albert J. Letizio, Jr. – A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing, Inc. - Windham, NH

Al Letizio, Jr. is CEO of A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing, Inc. founded 31 years ago, and continues a 5 generations family legacy in the food industry. We will find out what is new and how his business pivoted through the pandemic. A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing, Inc. was the SBA’s 2020 Small Business Person of the Year and Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Business of the Year.

Susan Lanphear – Beeline Skin Care – Henniker, NH

Beeline Skin Care is a small, privately owned company located in NH that creates natural skin care products using local beeswax and honey. We are excited to hear how she continued selling products and how  Beeline Skin Care continues to be successful.

Friday, September 17, 2021

10 - 11AM ET


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How your small business can take advantage of the newly updated and increased COVID 19 EIDL Program

Updates made to the COVID 19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan on September 8, 2021, increased the potential loan amount (for new applicants and existing COVID 19 EIDL borrowers) and made modifications that make it an even more attractive option to provide much needed relief to small businesses during these continuing stressful times.  Why should you want to know about this?  Are funds still available?

Join us for a short webinar that will give you the highlights.  What is the program?  What are the changes and how do they benefit you?  And yes!  Funds are still available.  To learn more and how to take advantage of it, join one of our upcoming sessions.

The Vermont District Office will hold webinars on Tuesday September 21st and Thursday September 23rd 2021, from 11:30 to 12:00 EST.  No need to register.  To access the webinar, click  here .

To access the webinar by phone, call 802-490-7604 and enter code 368299891#.

For more information, email brian.declue@sba.gov.


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During the NSBW Virtual Summit, SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman had the opportunity to sit down with Jennifer Lopez, entrepreneur, investor, award-winning singer, actress, dancer, and producer.   In a session titled “Pathways to Entrepreneurship: A Fireside Chat,” moderated by Maria Teresa Kumar, MSNBC contributor, they had the opportunity to discuss entrepreneurship and engagement in this new economy.

In this session, SBA Administrator Guzman and Ms. Lopez discussed pathways to entrepreneurship, the SBA’s initiatives and plans to support small businesses impacted by COVID and new startups seeking to launch.

If you didn't have a chance to see this session during the virtual conference, you can still watch it.  In fact many of the virtual summit sessions are available for you to watch here.

Watch "Pathways to Entrepreneurship"