Use these SBA resources to keep your small business growing all summer

Maine District Office  - July 6, 2022

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ASCENT Rural Pilot Program Information Sessions

When: Daily from July 18-22, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Register: HERE

The Ascent Pilot is the first of its kind NO COST program that will be a combination of online, self-guided learning using the Ascent platform and group virtual sessions using the Teams platform. Ascent’s group virtual sessions will provide a forum where program participants will meet with other women who have been selected for the Ascent cohort with representation from across the nation. During the Ascent Pilot Program, the virtual sessions will be presented in an interactive workshop format where subject matter experts in business, finance and contracting will discuss the Ascent modules, as well as, share information that small business owners need to know to start, grow and succeed. To learn more about the Ascent Pilot, please register using the link above and join us for an informational session.


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Business Basics with the SBA

When: Wednesday, July 20, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Register: HERE

Are you thinking about starting a new business or purchasing one but do not have the knowledge or experience? The U.S. Small Business Administration can help you start, grow, expand, and recover your business.

Many people consider business ownership as an alternative to employment. Do you have a great idea to fill a need? Are you a subject matter expert in your field? Have you been working in your industry and are now interested in branching out on your own? Do you need to know more about the ins and outs of operating a business?

"You don't know what you don't know, until you know what you didn't know." Dr. Maxwell Chikuta

When starting a small business there are a lot of unknowns. Join us for this very informative workshop to start finding out. This two (2) hour workshop will provide an overview of SBA programs and services, and cover the basics of starting a business.


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Introduction to SBA's 8a Program

When: Monday, July 25, 9:00am-11:00am
Register: HERE

The 8(a) program is a robust nine-year program created to help firms owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Businesses that participate in the program receive training and technical assistance designed to strengthen their ability to compete effectively in the American economy. Join us to learn about program benefits and eligibility requirements. Q&A to follow presentation. Presented by the Maine & Delaware District Offices.