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Portland District Office  - September 19, 2021

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Closing the Door on a Dream Opens the Doors to Many More in Oregon

Cecil DelaCruz

The 8(a) Business Development Program helped Viking Engineering + Construction President/CEO Cecil DelaCruz grow his company which has completed complex projects spanning as far north as Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island in Washington to as far south as Fort Huachuca in Sierra Nevada, Arizona.

In 2002, Cecil DelaCruz was one of a handful of engineers and technicians tasked to oversee the shutdown of a fabrication facility when months before he was overseeing its construction. His employer was a major semi-conductor manufacturer in Portland, Oregon, which had become the latest victim of the dot-com bubble of 2000. Although he came from a mechanical engineering background, the experience Cecil gained managing the construction of the facility would have a lasting impact on the direction he would take for his future. The question he had to answer was, what comes next?

Cecil answered that question by registering the name of his future company with the state of Oregon as Viking Engineering + Construction, which was inspired by his alma mater of Portland State University and his twin passions – Engineering and Construction. All he had at this point was a company name and a dream that someday it would be a reality. That dream would have to wait as Cecil spent the next nine years working for several construction firms.

In 2011, after an opportunity to purchase a construction company from their retiring employer fell through, Cecil and his colleague, Jack Kiperman, were ready to chart a new course for themselves. Over a cup of coffee at a local coffee shop, the two agreed to partner together and bring Viking Engineering + Construction to life. Forming the company on paper was the easy part. Bringing on new customers and finding new opportunities would be their next hurdle on their entrepreneurial journey.

Learn what happens next

8(a) Business Development Program

The 8(a) Business Development Program is an essential instrument for helping socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs gain access to the economic mainstream of American society. The program helps thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs to gain a foothold in government contracting.

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Did You Miss the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit?

National Small Business Week - September 13 - 15, 2021, celebrating resilience and renewal with main street illustration

If you missed any NSBW events, session videos are now available to view on-demand through the SBA Channel on YouTubeThere were many highlights and takeaways, including celebrity speakers, various mayors, and dynamic small business panel discussions to include Oregon's very own Lisa Tran of Tân Tân Café & Delicatessen in the Tenacity In Action session. 

Check it out

Learn About Latest COVID EIDL Program Enhancements

Webinar: Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Starting Sept. 8, 2021 the maximum loan cap increased from $500,000 to $2 million. Small Businesses and nonprofits will have more flexibility in how they can use EIDL funds, simplified affiliation rules, and additional ways for certain businesses to meet program size standards.

Join the SBA Portland District office to learn about changes to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. During this free webinar you will learn:

  • Who is eligible to apply for EIDL loans and loan increases
  • Policy and program updates
  • Application timelines
  • Required documents
  • Where to get help with your application
  • Live Q&A if time allows

Thursday, Sept. 23 at 10:30 a.m. PDT

Register today

Top three tips to filling out your 4506-T form correctly

Applicants for the COVID-19 EIDL are required to submit a signed and dated IRS Tax Authorization From 4506-T. Many applicants have run into problems because they've filled out the 4506-T incorrectly. Below are our top three tips to get it right the first time:

  1. Use the right form. Confirm you are using the March 2019 version available on the SBA.gov website: 4506-T.
  2. Have a copy of your 2019 Federal Tax Return Available. The information on the 4506-T must match your 2019 tax return exactly
  3. Sign and date your form. The 4506-T is only valid for 120 days after you've signed it, don't delay in sending it in.

Get the full tips and instructions

Congrats to the Winners!

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Columbia River Economic Development Council in Vancouver, WA and Opportunity Knocks in Bend, OR! They are among the 84 winners announced earlier this week of the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition aimed at spurring investment in underrepresented communities.

Read all about it

National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized each September to promote family, community and business disaster planning now and throughout the year. The 2021 theme is Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.

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Resource Partner Events
Oregon SBDC

Building Credit for Your Small Business (Clatsop SBDC)
Monday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. | Online

Smart Start-Up (Klamath SBDC)
Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 5:30 p.m. | Klamath Falls

Intro to Entrepreneurship (Lane SBDC)
Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m.| Online

Business Core Discipline: What's Your Plan? (Central Oregon SBDC)
Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 5:30 p.m. | Online

Financial Fundamentals (Chemeketa SBDC)
Thursday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. | Online

How to Apply Your New Cybersecurity Knowledge (Mt. Hood SBDC)
Thursday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. | Online

QuickBooks* / Accounting Fundamentals (Southern Oregon SBDC)
Thursday, Sept. 23 at 11:30 p.m. | Online

Recordkeeping and Estimating (Clackamas SBDC)
Saturday, Sept. 25 at 7 a.m. | Online

More SBDC Training Opportunities

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How Retailers Can Capitalize on Evolving Consumer Behavior with Payment, Fulfillment Models, and More (SCORE)
Thursday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. | Online

Growing Your Business - Financial Management (Vancouver SCORE)
Saturday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. | Online

Explore more training opportunities from you local SCORE Chapters:

Portland SCORE

 Vancouver SCORE Willamette SCORE

 Central Oregon SCORE Salem SCORE

Mercy Corps Northwest

Mercy Corps Northwest Small Business Orientation
Monday, Sept. 20 at 5:30 p.m. | Online

More Women's Business Center Training Opportunities

*SBA's participation or support is not an endorsement of any product, service, or entity.

Pivoting to a new economy

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