SBA News: Emerging Leaders Graduation and Upcoming Trainings for Your Small Biz

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Congratulations 2021 SBA Emerging Leaders Graduates with graduation cap

Congratulations SBA Emerging Leaders Graduates!

Last Thursday was the graduation for the SBA's Minnesota 2021 Emerging Leaders Cohort! We are so very pleased to be a part of the journey our 20 participants made over the last seven months to strengthen and grow their companies!

Check out our Twitter for pictures of each graduate and facts about the program. 

Learn More and See Photos on Twitter

Photos of people with the following text, SBA Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month on October 28

Virtual Small Business Panel in Recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

The SBA will host a live online panel session to recognize entrepreneurs with disabilities and discuss how they have used SBA financial assistance to help pivot their businesses, overcome challenges, and build back better.

Assistant Administrator for the SBA’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights, Zina Sutch, Ph.D., will lead the two-part conversation, focusing on disability awareness, inclusion, and hiring employees with disabilities as an untapped source of talent.

Special Guest Speakers include: 

  • Dr. Zina Sutch, Assistant Administrator, SBA’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Civil Rights
  • Alicia Hernandez, CEO, DAP Construction Management, Tempe, AZ
  • Tomas Santos-Alejandro, CEO, Advent Services, Panama City, FL

Register Now 

Upcoming SBA Training Opportunities

The SBA is hosting training webinars to help entrepreneurs and small business owners start, grow, expand, and recover. 

To learn more and register today, visit the links below:

  • Greater Minnesota Procurement Fair (with PTAC)
    Oct. 26-28, 8:30 a.m.; Register
  • Workforce Panel: Creating Positive Company Culture
    Oct. 27, 3 p.m.; Register
  • Doing Business with the VA and Veteran Verification (with PTAC)
    Nov. 2, 9 a.m.; Register
  • Boots to Business Reboot 
    Nov. 2, 9 a.m.; Register
  • Surplus Personal Property for Veteran-Owned Small Business (with PTAC)
    Nov. 3, 9 a.m.; Register

  • Positioning MN Veteran-Owned Businesses for Success in Government Contracting (with PTAC)
    Nov. 4, 9 a.m.; Register
  • Q&A for Veteran Small Business Owners
    Nov. 10, 11 a.m.; Register
  • Steps for Starting a Small Business
    Nov. 11, 12 p.m.; Register

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SBA Resource Partner Trainings

  • Understanding Google Analytics To Grow Your Business (SCORE)
    Oct. 26; Learn More
  • The Circular Economy, Regional Economic Indicators Forum (SBDC) 
    Oct. 26; Learn More
  • Building Your Strategic Model (SCORE)
    Oct. 26; Learn More
  • Northeast Minnesota Equity Summit (SBDC)
    Oct. 27; Learn More

  • Choosing the Right Business Structure (SCORE)
    Oct. 27; Learn More
  • Local SEO (SCORE)
    Oct. 28; Learn More
  • 2021 Year-End Tax Planning for Your Business (SCORE)
    Nov. 4; Learn More
  • Is your website ready for 2022? (SBDC)
    Nov. 9; Learn More
  • Don't Fly with Blinders On - Data Fundamentals (SCORE)
    Nov. 9; Learn More
  • Grow Your Business With SEO 2.0 (SCORE)
    Nov. 9; Learn More
  • Northeast Minnesota Virtual Child Care Summit (SBDC)
    Nov. 10; Learn More
  • SOAR: Women’s Virtual Business Conference (Women's Business Alliance)
    Nov. 10, 12, 17; Learn More
  • Thinking About Buying A Franchise, Now What? (SCORE)
    Nov. 11; Learn More
  • Exploring Childcare Business Opportunities (WomenVenture)
    Nov. 11; Learn More
  • Labor Shortage - Resources from MN DEED (SBDC)
    Nov. 12; Learn More

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