SBA News: $50K to Help Midwest Companies with STEM/R&D, Tax Tips, Upcoming Trainings and More

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$50,000 Award to Help Midwest Companies with STEM/R&D

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Minnesota's own Defense Alliance was recently awarded $50,000 for the 2021 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. As an SBA Growth Accelerator, Defense Alliance proposed targeted assistance to STEM/R&D entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups, including women, people of color, rural, and veteran entrepreneurs. 

Nationally, 84 organizations were awarded this funding to assist small businesses working a broad range of industries including clean energy, supply chain resilience, and infrastructure. 

Read the complete release here and check out this link to Defense Alliance's 90-second video about the work they are doing here: Defense Alliance SBA GAF 2021 on YouTube

One Million Borrowers Apply for Direct Forgiveness through SBA's PPP Portal

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SBA reached a major milestone this week as its Paycheck Protection Program Direct Borrower Forgiveness Portal recorded its one millionth application for borrowers seeking forgiveness for loans of $150,000 or less.  

Since the portal’s launch on August 4th, the SBA has received applications for over $17 billion of relief from more than one million of America’s smallest businesses, furthering President Biden’s commitment to equity across the U.S. government. In fewer than 45 days, 91% of all loans eligible for direct forgiveness in the 2020 PPP portfolio have been submitted, showcasing the SBA’s efficiency in delivering relief to entrepreneurs who suffered during the height of the pandemic.  

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11th Annual CyberSecurity Summit

Oct 26, 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The deeply interconnected nature of today’s world means that cyber security can have a direct impact on a small businesses bottom line. Developing a good cyber security culture in your business can help protect profits and enable your organization to thrive in today’s modern business environment.

Join the SBA's District Director Brian McDonald, the Small Business Development Center's Associate Director Lyle Wright and others for FREE sessions for tactics, tools and approaches you can adopt to ensure your success.

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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:

  • Positioning Hispanic Owned Businesses for Success in Gov't Contracting (with MN PTAC) 
    Sept. 30, 9 a.m.; Learn More
  • 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
  • Workforce Panel: Creating Positive Company Culture
    Oct. 27, 3 p.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

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SBA Resource Partner Trainings

  • 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
  • Starting a Food Business (SCORE) 
    Oct. 5; Learn More
  • Maximizing the Value of Your Business (SBDC)
    Oct. 5; Learn More

  • Three Strategies for Building a Consultancy (SCORE) 
    Oct. 5; Learn More
  • How to Project Cash Flow to Run/Save Your Business (SCORE)
    Oct. 7; Learn More

  • East Central MN Reginal Broadband Conference (SBDC) 
    Oct. 6; Learn More
  • Labor Shortage - Creating Efficiency (SBDC)
    Oct. 6; Learn More

  • Social Media Overview and Strategy (SCORE)
    Oct. 12; Learn More
  • Veteran Women Support Group Session (VBOC)
    Oct. 14; Learn More
  • Restaurant Operations with Doron Jensen (SCORE) 
    Oct. 18; Learn More
  • Labor Shortage – Retention (SBDC)
    Oct. 20; Learn More
  • Understanding Google Analytics To Grow Your Business (SCORE)
    Oct 26; Learn More

Tax Tips from the IRS

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Get more IRS Tax Tips here.

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