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Illinois District Office - February 2022

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SBA Celebrates and Supports Black-Owned Small Businesses

Photos of four people with the following text, Black History Month. The SBA logo is at the bottom.


Start-up Funding Programs for Black Entrepreneurs

Join the SBA’s Illinois District Office to discuss resources for Black entrepreneurs and businesses. The event will feature panelists from Greenwood Archer Capital, the Illinois Office of Minority Economic Empowerment, and the Illinois SBA District Office to discuss small business resources available for aspiring and current entrepreneurs. Bring your questions! There will be time for Q&A. Thursday, February 24, 12:00 p.m. 


Grants available for Minority Serving Institutions aspiring to host a Women’s Business Center

Women Resources


SBA Administrator Guzman announced the availability of $1.5 million for 10 new grant opportunities for established Minority Serving Institutions aspiring to host a Women’s Business Center to provide business services for women entrepreneurs.

Women's Business Grant Program Application Workshop

You are cordially invited to a virtual Women’s Business Center Grant Program Applicant Workshop for our Alaska and Minority Serving Institution funding competitions. Friday, February 17 at 12:00 p.m. 


SBA Introduces Course in Government Contracting to Online Digital Learning Platform


The SBA announced the launch of Journey 6 of the Ascent e-learning platform focused on educating women business owners about venturing into government contracting to help expand their businesses.

The Government Contracting Journey 6 identifies opportunities and prepares businesses to pursue those prospects. The new journey has six components or excursions:

  • Government As Your Customers – helps the user understand government as a customer.
  • Government Contracting Opportunities – evaluates contracting opportunities with local, state, and federal governments.
  • Government Subcontracting Opportunities – helps to identify subcontracting opportunities.
  • Set-Aside Certifications - guides the business through what is needed to plan and pursue federal government contracting certifications.
  • Federal Solicitations – analyzes the components of the federal solicitation process
  • General Services Administration (GSA) Contracts – analyzes opportunities for GSA contracts.

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