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Office of Women's Business Ownership - November 24, 2021

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Natalie M. Cofield

Dear Enterprising Women in Business Community:

The SBA’s Office of Women's Business Ownership wishes you a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday. With Black Friday and Small Business Saturday right around the corner, we also want to encourage everyone to shop small this holiday season. Small businesses are the backbone of our national economy and represent an embodiment of the American dream.

We also want to continue to celebrate Native American women entrepreneurs during National Native American Heritage Month. This month, our office has had the opportunity to meet with leading Native American and tribal communities and partners from Idaho, Oklahoma, and beyond.   We also invite you to join the SBA for a featured conversation on November 30, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. EST, as we close this month in celebration.

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


Natalie Madeira Cofield

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

Happy Thanksgiving

The SBA Celebrates National Native American Heritage Month

National Native American Heritage Month

There are approximately 7.1 million American Indians and 574 federally recognized tribes in the United States. Alaska has the highest percentage of Native Americans at 20.32%, and Oklahoma is second with 13.19%. This population is projected to increase to 10.1 million by 2060. 

Join the SBA on November 30, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. EST, for an online panel discussion with Native American entrepreneurs who will discuss their stories and available SBA resources to Native American businesses, including the Office of Native American Affairs. | Register Today

The Idaho Hispanic Foundation Spearheads Community Navigator Program Across the State of Idaho

Natalie M. Cofield and Idaho Women's Business Center Ribbon Cutting

Idaho Hispanic Foundation, a grant recipient of the Community Navigator Pilot Program, and the Idaho Women's Business Center's team hosted nonprofits to launch Idaho Connect, an ecosystem of community organizations committed to supporting underserved entrepreneurs on the path to economic recovery. Natalie Madeira Cofield, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women's Business Ownership, provided the keynote address. 

Idaho Connect Community Navigator Partners include: 

  • Idaho Small Business Development Centers
  • Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • South Central Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Idaho Veterans Chamber of Commerce
  • Veteran Entrepreneur Alliance
  • Idaho Black Community Alliance
  • Shoshone-Bannock Tribe
  • Nez Perce Tribe
  • Coeur d’Alene Tribe

Idaho Women's Business Center Host Fireside Chat with Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women's Business Ownership

Fireside Chat with Idaho Women's Business Center

On November 17, 2021, Natalie Cofield, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women’s Business Ownership, joined the Idaho Hispanic Foundation, host for the Idaho Women's Business Center, along with the SBA's Boise District Office, for a fireside chat on women entrepreneurs.

Save the Date! The SBA Encourages Americans to Shop Small

Illustration of a main street with small businesses and the following text, Small Business Saturday, November 27, 2021

The highly successful team of SBA, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), and American Express will be kicking off the 2021 holiday season by encouraging consumers to support our nation’s nearly 32 million independent businesses this Small Business Saturday, November 27, 2021, and all holiday season long.

Small Business Advocates Celebrate the Passage of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

Business advocates from across the spectrum applauded the significance and the meaningful opportunities that the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal (BID) will provide to American entrepreneurs. 

Read the Fact Sheet on the benefits of BID here

View SBA's Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman's statement on the passage of BID here.

Ramiro A. Cavazos, President and CEO, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: “The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce applauds this historic investment that will mean more business for Hispanic entrepreneurs to provide more efficiency and competitiveness as we make huge investments in rebuilding our nation’s highways, bridges, and energy grid. This bill also increases broadband access to low-income and rural areas.

New federal contract opportunities for small businesses will be made available soon for our member businesses to bid on and get prepared for.” [Statement, 11/9/21]

Todd McCracken, President and CEO, National Small Business Association: “This bill will help small businesses compete digitally, expand their markets and attract a greater range of potential workers.  Broad improvements to our national infrastructure are long overdue and stand to greatly help small businesses as we emerge from the pandemic and look toward growth and long-term success. 

The bill includes $550 billion in new spending which will inject money into roads, bridges, water systems, broadband, rail and transit, among other things.” [Statement, 11/8/21]

Chiling Tong, National President and CEO, National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ACE): “The bipartisan infrastructure package also makes crucial investments to help close the digital divide, ensuring that all Americans can fully participate in the economy. It makes a historic investment into the nation's roads, bridges, ports, and airports in the form of federal contracts that prioritize minority-owned businesses. Furthermore, the infrastructure plan will make American markets more competitive and allow a diverse range of industries to contribute to vital infrastructure projects.” [Statement, 11/6/21]

John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO of Small Business Majority: “After an arduous negotiating process, the U.S. House of Representatives has finally passed the bipartisan infrastructure bill investing billions of dollars in our country’s physical infrastructure that will help to bolster recovery for millions of small businesses.

Sending the bipartisan infrastructure bill to President Biden’s desk is good news for small businesses because physical infrastructure reform will support access to customers and suppliers, enhance business operations, and create demand for the goods and services small businesses have to sell." [Statement, 11/5/21]


The SBA Calls for Nominations for the 2022 National Small Business Week Awards



Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 National Small Business Week (NSBW) Awards. The NSBW Awards recognize the achievements of SBA-assisted small businesses and the contributions they have made to their communities and our nation’s economy. Nominations for the following categories will be accepted: 

  • Small Business Person of the Year 
  • Small Business Exporter of the Year
  • Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery 
  • Federal Procurement Awards 
  • Small Business Investment Company of the Year
  • Awards to SBA Resource Partners 

Nominations should be submitted by January 11, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. EST. | Learn More

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Eligible businesses that allow employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine can receive a tax credit. Partner with a vaccine provider to host an on-site vaccination clinic. | Find a vaccine provider.

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