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SBA Announces Call for Nominations for the 2023 National Small Business Week Awards

Illustration of a trophy with text, 2023 National Small Business Week Awards. Now accepting nominations. The SBA logo is included.

Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, announced the call for nominations for the 2023 National Small Business Week (NSBW) Awards. The NSBW Awards recognize SBA-assisted small businesses’ inspirational achievements and contributions to their communities and our nation’s economy. 

All nominations should be submitted electronically by 2 p.m. CT on December 8, 2022. The awards will be presented during the NSBW Awards ceremony in the first week of May 2023. 

To see a list of categories and to nominate a small business owner in your area or download related forms, criteria, and guidelines, visit or contact the Minnesota District Office,

September is National Preparedness Month 


National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote disaster preparedness for communities, individuals, and businesses. This year’s theme is, "A Lasting Legacy, the life you’ve built is worth protecting. Prepare for disasters to create a lasting legacy for you and your family".

Disaster can strike at any time. Even the most prepared businesses and business owners can be adversely impacted. Minnesota's most common natural disasters include floods, tornadoes, blizzards, hailstorms, droughts and wildfires.

For detailed information about how to be ready for the emergencies you may be at risk for visit or the Spanish site at Learn more about National Preparedness Month by visiting and SBA's Prepare for emergencies.

2022 Small Business Profiles for the States, Territories, and Nation

MN Profile

The Office of Advocacy has released the Minnesota 2022 Small Business Profile

The 2022 State Profile answer questions like: 

  • How many small businesses are in Minnesota?
  • How many people do small businesses employ? 
  • How many jobs do they create?
  • How many establishments opened and closed? 
  • What industries have the most small businesses?  
  • What demographic groups own the most small businesses? 
  • How much do small businesses export? 

Visit the Advocacy’s website to view your state’s profile. 

Event: 4th Annual SOAR Conference for Women in Business

Soar event


4th Annual SOAR Conference for Women in Business
October 11 - 13, 2022

The 4th Annual SOAR Conference for Women in Business is a two-day hybrid event! Designed for women business owners to learn, connect and be inspired to take the next step in their business journey.

The SOAR Conference will begin with a half-day virtual event, followed by an in-person event in Princeton or Duluth, MN (participants can choose the location best for them).

Hosted by the Women’s Business Alliance, a program of the Entrepreneur Fund and a U.S. SBA Women's Business Center. 

Learn more and register

Government Contracting

Government Contracting

Important announcement for small businesses who have an SBA Surety Bond Guarantee (SBG)

The SBA announced changes to streamline the submission of Work-in-Process (WIP) information small businesses provide when receiving bonding support through the Surety Bond Guarantee (SBG) Prior Approval Program.

Small businesses in the SBG Program, and bond agents acting on behalf of their small business clients, provide WIP reports to the SBA via the Capital Access Financial System (CAFS). WIP reports contain detailed information about each project the small business is currently performing.

Historically, this information was entered manually, with this announcement, the SBA now provides an automated process. Read more. 

sba webinars

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

tax tips

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