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SBA’s Elevating Small Business Webinar: Celebrating Rural Entrepreneurship

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SBA’s Elevating Small Business Webinar: Celebrating Rural Entrepreneurship
Thursday, August 25  / 12:00 - 1:00 pm CDT

Join the U.S. Small Business Administration for a virtual armchair discussion to celebrate Rural Entrepreneurship!

The discussion will focus on the importance of financial wellness, creating generational wealth through business ownership, and increasing equity and access to opportunities to help uplift and support Rural-owned small businesses. The panel will also discuss SBA initiatives and resources that support small business recovery, new Rural startups seeking to launch, and existing Rural-owned small businesses as they pivot and grow in a post-COVID world, a priority of the Biden-Harris Administration and SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman.


Lender Match

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The holidays are fast approaching is your small business ready? A good business mentor will advise that if you wait until you urgently need financing to start looking for a lender, you’ve waited too long.

Visit Lender Match to connect with an SBA-approved lender. The free online tool matches you with potential lenders by your industry type, age of business, location and financial need.

What happens if do not hear back from a lender? SBA recommends to contact an SBA resource partner who can help you improve your chances of getting a small business loan. 

New Bills for prosecuting PPP and EIDL fraud

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Consistent with new efforts to bring bad actors to account for their fraudulent acts, SBA commends the two new bills signed by the President. The bills expands the statute of limitations on EIDL and PPP fraud to 10 years. Read the statement by SBA Administrator Guzman here.

Learn how businesses can work together with SBA to prevent and report suspected fraud visit, Preventing fraud and identity theft.

U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Winners of American Rescue Plan $500 Million Good Jobs Challenge to Expand Employment Opportunities

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced grant awards to 32 industry-led workforce training partnerships across the country as part of the $500 million Good Jobs Challenge funded by President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.

These projects will expand access to the workforce and increase labor participation through a focus on job quality and equity. The projects will serve and support a broad range of individuals from underserved populations across the country in urban and rural areas, including members of Latino, African American, Indigenous, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities, as well as women, the formerly incarcerated, and those recovering from substance abuse disorders. Read more


New to farming? Want to learn how to start a farm? USDA can help you get started or grow your operation through a variety of programs and services, from farm loans to crop insurance, and conservation programs to disaster assistance. To learn more visit, How to Start a Farm: Beginning Farmers and Ranchers.

Download the New Guide for Historically Underserved Farmers and Ranchers. Four groups are defined by USDA as “Historically Underserved, including farmers or ranchers who are: Beginning; Socially Disadvantaged; Veterans; and Limited Resource.

Federal Contracting Corner

Procurement scorecard

The small business procurement scorecard is out!

The small business procurement scorecard is out! In FY21, the federal government exceeded its small business contracting goal, awarding 27.2%, or $154.2 Billion, in federal contract dollars to small businesses, a new record!

View the first-ever digital scorecard.

The SBA’s role in contracting

The SBA works with federal agencies in order to award 23 percent of prime government contract dollars to eligible small businesses. The SBA is responsible for ensuring the government-wide goal for participation of small businesses is established annually at the statutory levels, and that the reporting agencies' achievements are relative to the goals. Learn more on how the process works

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Upcoming SBA Training

The Money Smart Series for Small Business

Register for the entire series or just the sessions that are of most interest to you:


SBA Resource Partner Trainings

Tax Tips from the IRS

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