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Illinois District Office - July 2022

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SBA Program Supports New National Strategy to Reenergize U.S. Travel and Tourism ExportsSpecial Event: Women Veteran-Owned Small Business Initiative

State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)


The U.S. Department of Commerce recently issued a new National Travel and Tourism Strategy that focuses the full efforts of the federal government to promote the U.S. as a premier destination grounded in the breadth and diversity of our communities. A key goal is to foster a travel and tourism sector that drives economic growth, creates good jobs, and bolsters conservation and sustainability. The strategy will help to recover and rebuild a U.S. travel and tourism industry that is more inclusive, equitable, sustainable, and resilient. As the top services export for the U.S. in 2019 prior to the pandemic, travel and tourism generated a $53.4 billion trade surplus and supported one million jobs in the U.S.

The new national strategy highlights how the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) can help tourism-related small businesses access funding to design international marketing products and campaigns; find foreign buyers, including through Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service programs; or adapt their website to attract foreign clients. As SBA’s STEP Director Shadetra Robinson contends, “Tourism is an important U.S. export and driver of economic growth. SBA is proud to support U.S. small businesses that attract foreign visitors to our communities, increasing revenues and supporting employment.” To find out if your U.S. state or territory offers STEP, visit SBA.gov/STEP

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Upcoming Events

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8(a) Orientation & SAM Registration


SBA's Community Navigator Pilot Program in Partnership with the Quad County Urban League, SCORE, and other resource partners will be facilitating a Business Building Blocks Series, a virtual step by step small business building program with subject matter experts. This online workshop series is at no cost to the participants and will focus on a different topic each week. This event series begins Wednesday, Augusts 3rd from 6PM-8PM and will continue every week.  Participants must register to attend the event.



Spanish SBA Programs

SBA Spanish Language Business Building Webinar Series

La Agencia Federal para Pequeños negocios, juntos con La red de mentores empresariales (SCORE, por sus siglas en ingles), El centro de desarrollo de pequeñas empresas (SBDC, por sus siglas en ingles) la cámara de comercio hispana de Illinois y Allies for Community Business, le presenta una serie de cinco talleres llamados "Inicie su negocio". Esta serie está diseñada para ayudar a las personas que desean iniciar, expandir o hacer crecer su negocio. Martes. 2 de agosto de 2022

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