SBA News: Contracting, Labor Law Assistance, Tax Tips and more

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Get Ready for New Contracting Opportunities

The passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will provide many opportunities for contractors and suppliers. According to the White House, the IIJA will play an important role in rebuilding and improving roads, bridges, rails, ports and airports, expanding access to clean drinking water and high-speed internet, tackling the climate crisis, and more.

While the impact of the new infrastructure funding will not be felt immediately, now is the time for small businesses to ensure that their operations are ready for future opportunities.

Join us for two training opportunities to get ready.

Understanding Bonding Requirements and SBA Surety Bond Guarantee Program

Jan. 18, 9 a.m.; Register Now
Join this webinar to learn about the different types of bonds, why and when they are required, how the bonding process works, and how to use the SBA to obtain reasonable terms for your bonding needs.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program - Is it right for you?

Jan. 25, 9 a.m.; Register Now
The USDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program aims to increase the participation of minority and women-owned businesses in state and local transportation projects that are funded by the Department through the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Federal Transit Administration. Representatives for the DBE programs in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota will discuss program requirements, benefits to contractors, and opportunities for businesses that participate.


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Additional Upcoming SBA Training

We are 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:

  • Planning for a Healthy Business (Money Smart for Small Business)
    Jan. 19, 1 p.m.; Register
  • Banking Services (Money Smart for Small Business)
    Jan. 26, 1 p.m.; Register
  • Organizational Types (Money Smart for Small Business)
    Feb. 2, 1 p.m.; Register
  • SBA Veteran Small Business Resource Brief
    Feb. 4; 10 a.m.; Register
  • Time Management (Money Smart for Small Business)
    Feb. 9, 1 p.m.; Register

Labor Law Assistance for Employers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division is committed to providing employers with the tools they need to operate in compliance with the variety of labor laws enforced by the Division.

WHD offers a number of useful compliance resources intended to provide employers with readily accessible, easy-to-understand information relevant to both their rights and to their responsibilities under the law. Click here to get your 2022 business year off to an informative start!


SBA Resource Partner Trainings

  • Building a Hybrid Cloud for Your Growing Business (SCORE)
    Jan. 13; Learn More
  • Double Your Sales Now While Working Less (SCORE) 
    Jan. 13; Learn More
  • Local SEO (SCORE)
    Jan. 13; Learn More
  • Regional Economic Conditions Conference (Federal Reserve)
    Jan. 14; Learn More
  • Bookkeeping Basics (SCORE)
    Jan. 18; Learn More
  • How to Sell on Amazon (SCORE)
    Jan. 18; Learn More
  • Selling a Business (SCORE)
    Jan. 19; Learn More
  • Web Lead Generation (SCORE)
    Jan. 20; Learn More
  • Programs and Services Overview (WomenVenture)
    Jan 25; Learn More
  • Build Your Strategic Business Model (SCORE)
    Jan. 25; Learn More
  • Social Media for Small Business (SCORE) 
    Jan. 26; Learn More
  • Quickbooks - Desktop Version (SCORE)
    Jan. 27; Learn More
  • Growing Your Business with YouTube and Social Media Video (SCORE)
    Jan. 27; Learn More

Tax Tips from the IRS

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Stay Updated

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