SBA and LSI Present Webinar on SBA's New Community Navigator Program - July 13th at Noon

Iowa District Office  - July 8, 2022

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SBA and Lutheran Services of Iowa (LSI) Host Webinar for Small Businesses Interested in SBA's Community Navigator Program

Wednesday, July 13th from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

via Microsoft Teams

The U.S. Small Business Administration's Community Navigator Pilot Program is an American Rescue Plan initiative designed to reduce barriers that underrepresented and underserved entrepreneurs often face in accessing the programs they need to recover, grow, or start their businesses. The program will provide a total of $100 million in funding to 51 organizations that will work with hundreds of local community groups to improve access to SBA and government resources for America’s entrepreneurs. 

Here in Iowa, Lutheran Services of Iowa (LSI) is partnering with International Rescue Committee (IRC) to bring the Community Navigator Pilot Program, powered by the SBA, to Iowa. In conjunction with the Iowa Center for Economic Success, Siouxland Economic Development Corp (SEDC)/Iowa West Coast Initiative, Drake Business Accelerator Program and the Immigrant Entrepreneur’s Summit, this program is aimed at assisting minority small business owners and entrepreneurs, especially immigrant and refugee populations, to start, strengthen and grow their businesses.

Navigators with each partner organization are here to help participants navigate existing business resources and funding opportunities and provide culturally and linguistically appropriate coaching. Through this program and the IRC’s Center for Economic Opportunity, LSI is able to offer a variety of business loans with no minimum credit score, no prepayment penalties and no strict collateral requirements. For a limited time, they can offer loans up to $10,000 at 0% interest to existing businesses or start ups. Join us for this webinar to learn how to qualify and how to get more information on Community Navigator services.

Click the link below to join us for the webinar on Wednesday, July 13th from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. to learn more about the Community Navigator program and how it can assist small businesses in Iowa. 

SBA Community Navigators Program: Connecting Iowa’s Underserved Markets to Small Business Resources (Click Here to Join the Webinar at 12 Noon)

Presented by:  SBA Director Jayne Armstrong and Maggie Cave, Asset Building Programs Coordinator at Lutheran Services of Iowa.


This Webinar will be held via Microsoft Teams. Here are some best practices for using Teams:

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