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The Impacts of COVID-19 on Racial Disparities in Small Business Earnings

New research from Advocacy indicates that the COVID-19 pandemic led to greater earnings losses for business owners of color than white business owners. Black business owners suffered the largest losses. Both Latinx and Asian business owners also had higher losses on average, suggesting widening inequality. The analysis shows that industry and geographic concentrations placed minority-owned businesses at a higher risk of experiencing disproportionate business earnings losses. The report provides new evidence of how the pandemic affected different business owners and insight into small business challenges for weathering future crises.  

Research Summary


Advocacy Web Post


SBA Upcoming Events

Photo of seven people with the following text, SBA Celebrates Rural Entrepreneurship on August 25 at 1 pm EDT


Join SBA for a virtual armchair discussion to celebrate rural entrepreneurship on August 25, 2022. Learn about 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 Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman.





Join the National Nanotechnology Initiative and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a webinar on Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding opportunities for water nanotechnologies on August 25, 2022, 1:00PM-2:30PM EDTThis webinar will offer small businesses an opportunity to hear from some of the Federal agencies that fund water technologies, with a special focus on investments in nanotechnology-enabled solutions. Webinar speakers will describe the fundamental goals of the SBIR and STTR programs at various agencies and share details of current and upcoming solicitations.




Tuesday, August 30, 2022                                   9:00 AM - 12:30 PM  CDT

Owning a Veteran-Owned Small Business Veterans have the character, discipline and skills needed to succeed as small business owners and entrepreneurs. Wondering what it takes and how you can prepare? Enroll in Boots to Business Reboot.

Boots to Business Reboot is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The course provides an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals. Veterans of all eras, Active Duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve), and spouses are eligible to participate.

During Reboot, participants are introduced to the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to launch a business, including steps for developing business concepts, how to develop a business plan, and information on SBA resources available to help. The program is facilitated by subject matter experts from the SBA and their extensive network of skilled business advisors.
Participants that complete an in-person or online B2B Reboot course can elect to further their study through one of many B2B online courses, offered at no cost to Service members, Veterans and military spouses. If you’ve already attended an in-person or online B2B Reboot course, visit sign up for one of the online B2B follow-on courses.

This will be offered via ZOOM. Login information will be provided after registration prior to the class.  For more information, contact Julie Hinker, 402-681-2542.



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Resources and Estrategias for Global Market Éxito

Featuring Successful Hispanic-owned Small Business Exporters

 Join us for a free webinar Wednesday, August 31 at 2:00- 3:00 PM ET  

Looking to grow your business and increase profits by selling globally?
As the world reopens for business, demand is high and opportunities abound.
Whether you are just getting started entering the global marketplace or are already exporting and looking to grow, this webinar is for you! Small businesses that have achieved global sales success will share their global business experiences and secrets to success.

Learn about Federal resources from the U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Commercial Service that can support your export growth. For questions, please email





Doing Business with the States of MN, ND, SD

Tuesday, September 13, 2022                                  9:00 AM – 10:00 AM CDT

This workshop will provide an overview and details about contracting with the states of Minnesota, North and South Dakota. Topics to be covered include an overview of each state’s purchasing practices, where the dollars come from, how the dollars can be spent, how to get registered as a vendor, where to find business opportunities, and what the state expects of its contractors.



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Tuesday, August 30, 2022                                             9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (MDT)

SD CEO West is so excited to be back in person for their annual conference. AND, they are welcoming back 2017 keynote speakers: Leading Edge Founders, Carol Grannis and Cindy Maher to the SD CEO West stage!

Carol and Cindy will hit on tough topics like beating burnout and addressing the challenges of multiple generations in the workplace with a their signature blend of live improvisational comedy mixed with real actionable takeaways. 

Part of the full-day experience will include our popular business showcase, celebrating the graduation of our Women in Leadership classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022, the SD CEO awards presentation of our 2022 Celebrating Women in Business Awards; Enterprising Women Intrapreneur, Enterprising Women Entrepreneur, Enterprising Young Entrepreneur, and Friend of a Small Business and MORE!

They sure have missed everyone and look forward to a powerful day with great speakers, celebrating women making a difference in our communities, supporting women-owned small businesses all while connecting (and reconnecting!) with each other. 






South Dakota Manufacturing Summit

September 8, 2022 | Watertown

Our annual conference for South Dakota's manufacturers is only a month away! From a keynote focusing on a continuous improvement mindset with company culture to breakout sessions including topics like automation, quality, cybersecurity, productivity, intellectual property, expansion, and workforce development, there's something for every manufacturer at the Summit.

This year will also feature tours of Lake Area Tech's robotics lab and the opportunity to network with students in manufacturing-related programs from around the state. We're excited for another great summit and can't wait to see you there!






Join SD CEO West for their Women In Networking (WIN) Luncheon on September 13th, from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM at Miller Creek Pub in Spearfish.  Yes, you saw that right! WIN is 90 minutes and starts at a new time.  Connect with the inspirational women in your community to motivate you on your business, career, or personal journey.

Registration and payment by Friday, Sept. 9th, at midnight is required. Seating is limited. We will not be accepting walk-ins. 

WIN connects women, familiarizes participants with other businesses and/or upcoming events, and supports the SD CEO Women's Business Center. 





Join SD CEO West for their September Women In Networking (WIN) Rapid City Luncheon on Tuesday, September 20th, 2022, from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM at The Rushmore Hotel & Suites in Rapid City. That's right! Please, note that this luncheon is 90 minutes long. The luncheon will be starting at 11:30 AM, and registration opens at 11:00 AM. 

Connect with the inspirational women in your community to motivate you on your business, career, or personal journey. Wherever you are in your journey, the women of WIN are here to help you succeed. Together, we can accomplish incredible feats!

Registration and payment by Friday, September 16th, at midnight is required. Seating is limited. Sorry, no walk-ins!





Have you thought of the government market sector? 

Are you considering government as a business opportunity?  

Join the South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota PTAC teams, on September 21 at 9 am CDT, as they outline what a business needs to have in place before contracting, explore why you may consider the government market sector and what it takes to be successful in this market. 

Learn More and Register




Global Entry Mobile Enrollment Event by US Customs and Border Protection 

 Tuesday through Thursday, September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd 2022

To all international travelers, South Dakota’s International Trade Center is pleased to announce its hosting of the "Global Entry" registration and interview event to take place in Sioux Falls, South Dakota!  TSA Pre® Eligibility Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports.

The benefits of having "Global Entry":

  •   Expedited Processing Lines
  • No Paperwork
  • Access to expedited entry benefits in other countries if applicable
  • Available at major U.S. airports
  • Reduced Wait Times

For more information about this event call Rock Nelson – Director of South Dakota’s International Trade Center (605)-941-6696 or Rock at




Join SD CEO East Women's Business Center for the Inaugural Women's Visionary Summit on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 starting at 8:00am, Washington Pavilion, Mary W. Sommervold Hall, Sioux Falls.

At the first annual summit for SD CEO East, attendees should expect a morning full of entrepreneurial spirited speakers motiving the surrounding community to Aspire. Adapt. Achieve. 





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