Cybersecurity Tips, COVID EIDL Office Hours & More

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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month


Cyber-attacks are a growing threat for small businesses and the U.S. economy. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Report, the cost of cybercrimes reached $2.7 billion in 2020 alone. Small businesses are attractive targets because they have information that cybercriminals want, and they typically lack the security infrastructure of larger businesses. Get tips on how to keep your small business safe from cyber-attacks.

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COVID EIDL Applicants: Join SBA's COVID EIDL Application Completion Office Hours for information about the application process and get your questions answered to apply for COVID EIDL funds. For more information about COVID EIDL, visit the SBA website.

  • Monday, October 4 at 4:30 – 5:30 PM ET Join here
  • Wednesday, October 6 at 12:30 – 1:30 PM ET Join here
  • Wednesday, October 13 at 12:30 – 1:30 PM ET Join here

Images of people with the following text, SBA Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month on October 14

Join the SBA for an online event to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on October 14, 2021. The event will feature a fireside chat with SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman and SBA Associate Administrators Bibi Hidalgo and Mark Madrid for a candid discussion about the SBA’s efforts to foster Hispanic entrepreneurship. The online event also includes a panel discussion about how Hispanic business owners have successfully pivoted throughout the pandemic to adapt to a rapidly shifting environment. Hear about their truths, how they overcome challenges, and how they face this adversity with “grit and ganas (a drive to succeed)”.


Illustration of a laptop with text that includes, PPP Forgiveness Portal


Paycheck Protection Program borrowers: If your loan is $150,000 or less, you may be eligible to apply for direct forgiveness through SBA using our online portal. Follow the steps below.

  1. Find out if your lender is participating. 
  2. Watch a video about how to use the portal.
  3. Apply for forgiveness.

For additional information, visit the SBA website.

Photo of three people with the following text, Manufacturing Day, October 1, 2021. The SBA logo is at the bottom.


Did you know that today is Manufacturing Day and October is also Manufacturing Month? If you are a small business manufacturer or interested in manufacturing, register for the free manufacturing webinar series featuring accomplished small business manufacturers and experts. Hear their secrets and insights to help you grow your company’s international sales. 


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Did you know that American manufacturing employs over 12 million Americans directly and many more indirectly — providing high quality jobs to communities across the country and producing the highest quality goods in the world? As proclaimed by President Joe Biden, today is National Manufacturing Day, an opportunity to celebrate all that is made in America and recognize the importance of our Nation’s manufacturers to every aspect of our lives.

In celebration of the day, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman toured Adaptive Phage Therapeutics, a small business manufacturer in the Washington, D.C. area. Follow the Administrator on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to see photos and videos of all her visits to small businesses across America. 

Illustration of a pot and fire extinguisher with the following text, Fire Prevention Week, October 3-9, 2021. The SBA logo is at the bottom.

Is your small business prepared in the event of a fire? During Fire Prevention Week, October 3-9, 2021, take the time to create a disaster preparedness plan for your small business.

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The SBA and Public Private Strategies Institute have teamed up to provide small business owners and leaders with a series of webinars that will cover resources to help small businesses grow and thrive. Join us for our next session on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. ET: Resources and Relief for Your Small Business - Contracting and Procurement; Supporting Women Business Owners Women’s Programs.

During this webinar, you will:

  • Learn more about COVID EIDL and how you can take advantage before December 31, 2021
  • Discover tools and resources you can use to start and grow your business
  • Have your questions answered by SBA leadership and small business experts
  • Learn how you can become a vaccine leader in your community
  • Get an update regarding programs and recent policy announcements made by the Biden-Harris Administration

Note: These sessions will take place every two weeks and will run through December 2021.


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Thanks to vaccines, small businesses across America have opened back up. Keep the momentum going by getting vaccinated. Find a vaccine provider near you. Learn how businesses can get tax credits for allowing employees to get vaccinated. 

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