Office of Women's Business Ownership Update - October 12, 2021

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Office of Women's Business Ownership - October 12, 2021

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Natalie M. Cofield

Dear Enterprising Women in Business Community:

October is National Women’s Small Business Month and at the SBA Office of Women’s Business Ownership we know that women entrepreneurs play a key role in our society and economy. This is evidenced by the fact that there were 12 million women-owned businesses in 2017, with $388.1 billion in payroll and 10.1 million employees. Yet we know that women still remain underrepresented in a myriad of key indicators including access to capital, contracts and connections.

As the only federal office singularly focused on supporting women entrepreneurs, the Office of Women’s Business Ownership and our vast network of 138 Women’s Business Centers across the nation stand prepared to provide assistance and support that women entrepreneurs need.

We invite you to learn more about the contributions of women-led firms by reviewing this fact sheet developed by the SBA Office of Advocacy.

Please stay connected to learn more about all our upcoming events and announcements.


Natalie Madeira Cofield

Natalie Madeira Cofield
Assistant Administrator
U. S. Small Business Administration

Join SBA and Public Private Strategies Institute in Educational Webinar

SBA and Public Private Strategies Webinar 10.13.2021


Join Natalie M. Cofield, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women's Business Ownership and Veronica Pugin, Senior Advisor for the Office of Capital Access, during the upcoming SBA and Public Private Strategies Institute webinar:  

Resources and Relief for Your Small Business - Supporting Women Business Owners and Women’s Programs

Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. (ET) 

Register Today


National Women's Small Business Month

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There are more than 12 million women-owned businesses in America. SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership recognizes National Women's Small Business Month.

Learn more about SBA resources to help women entrepreneurs launch new businesses and compete in the marketplace. #NWSBM

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SBA Offers Resources to Help Increase Employment for Americans with Disabilities


National Disability Employment Awareness Month

President Biden stated in the Presidential Proclamation for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, “people with disabilities are still too often marginalized and denied access to the American dream. Americans with disabilities — particularly women and people of color — have faced long-standing gaps in employment, advancement, and income.  The COVID-19 pandemic has compounded these inequities, as people with disabilities have faced heightened risks. Our Nation will never fully recover and rebuild unless every single community — including disabled Americans — is fully included."

Learn how to foster a work environment that is flexible and open to the talents of all qualified individuals, including those with disabilities. #NDEAM

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Join SBA on October 14 to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month 

SBA Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month Flyer

SBA Administrator Isabella Guzman, the fourth Latina Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the highest-ranking Latina serving in President Biden’s Cabinet, recently stated, "Latinx entrepreneurs -– despite starting businesses faster than at any other time in our history --continue to struggle because of historic inequities and persistent barriers to the capital, networks, and markets they need to sustain and grow their businesses.

As a former entrepreneur myself, I understand what a difference we can make by building equity, breaking down barriers, and bringing new investments and opportunities to historically underserved communities." Click here to view Administrator Guzman's full statement on National Hispanic Heritage Month.  

On October 14, join Administrator Guzman, Bibi Hidalgo, Associate Administrator for the Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, and Mark Madrid, Associate Administrator for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, for a candid discussion about the SBA’s efforts to foster Hispanic entrepreneurship.

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SBA's Office of International Trade Discusses Solutions during Manufacturing Webinar Series

Join SBA's Office of International Trade for a webinar to discuss trade finance tools and solutions for manufacturers. The format will be a panel discussion with public and private-sector partners about ways to ensure businesses have the working capital needed to fulfill sales orders as well as the export credit insurance needed to protect themselves against buyer nonpayment while also having the ability to offer favorable credit terms.  

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. (ET)

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Prepare Your Small Businesses Emergency Preparedness Plan

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Research shows 25% of businesses will not re-open after a disaster. Create an emergency preparedness plan today. Small businesses may be eligible for low-interest disaster recovery loans through SBA. #FirePreventionWeek

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National Small Business Week Virtual Summit- Watch the Video Recordings On Demand

All of the recorded webinars from the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit are now available. The Summit featured webinars and panel discussions on trends within the workforce, women's capital access, eCommerce and best practices for small businesses. The event also featured guest speakers like Jennifer Lopez, Mark Cuban, José Andrés and others. 

Watch Again

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