SBA Upcoming Events: October 15- 31

u s small business administration


Monthly Workshop from Alabama SCORE chapters

SCORE for the life of your business

How to write a Business Plan (in-person)

Oct 18 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Birmingham Public Library -Central Library 

Check with front desk upon entry to find specific room within Library.



UAH SBDC and PTAC 14th Annual Small Business Matchmaker


Oct 20 | 7:15 am to 12:00 pm CST

The Jackson Center in Huntsville (In-Person)


Now Accepting Nominations!

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

Do you have or know someone who has a successful small business that deserves national recognition? National Small Business Week is dedicated to honoring outstanding small business and the contributions they make to our economy. Nominate yourself or a business today!


  1. Is the owner a legal resident of the U.S. or its territories? 
  2. Has the business been operating for at least 3 years?
  3. Have they received any type of SBA assistance? Which could include but is not limited to:

Quick Steps to Nominate

  1. Download NSBW Award Nomination Guidelines
  2. Download SBA Background Form 3300
  3. Download the corresponding Award Nomination Form (SBA Form 3301, SBA Form 3302,…,SBA Form 3315, etc.) for the award you wish to nominate by clicking on the name of the award.
  4. Complete both forms signed with a wet signature, provide any supporting documentation, and scan all into 1 PDF document.
  5. Determine which box account (either Alabama or specific award box account) to submit your 1 PDF document. Photos can be a separate document, be sure name is file name.

Still have Questions? To learn more about how to nominate a business or self-nominate by registering for office hours and get your questions answered.

Upcoming Dates:

Oct 24 | 12:00 to 1:00 pm CST

Nov 7| 12:00 to 1:00 pm CST

Nov 21 | 12:00 to 1:00 pm CST



For any questions, contact:


Illustration of a business with the SBA logo and the following text, Save the Date, National Veterans Small Business Week, 10/31-11/ 4/2022.


The Veterans Business Outreach Center at Mississippi State University is inviting you to the "Lunch & Learn" during National Veterans Small Business Week they will be hosting October 31 - November 4th! Come learn how to start or grow your Veteran Small Business with them! 

All events are virtual. Link(s) will be sent after you register.

Become Lender Ready

Oct 31 | 11:00 am to 12:30 pm CST



US Patent & Trademark

Nov 1 | 11:00 am to 12:30 pm CST



7 Things Your Social Media Plan Should Include

Nov 2 | 11:00 am to 12:30 pm CST



IRS & Small Business Impacts

Nov 3 | 11:00 am to 12:30 pm CST



Introduction to Government Contracting

Nov 4 | 11:00 am to 12:30 pm CST



For any questions, contact:

Natalie Stetson Rhodes 

Program Coordinator | VBOC at MSU



SBA Alabama District Office Lending Overview Workshop

The 7(a) loan program is SBA's primary program for providing financial assistance to small businesses for essentially any business purpose. The terms and conditions, like the guaranty percentage and loan amount, may vary by the type of loan. Come learn about the different types of 7a Loans used.

Upcoming Dates:

Nov 10 | 10:00 to 11:30 am CST

Dec 8 | 10:00 to 11:30 am CST



For any questions, contact

Grants for Exporting

Illustration of Alabama on left; announcing funds for STEP has been awarded

The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 created the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) to assist small businesses with entering and expanding into international markets.

Through awards to U.S. states and territories, STEP helps small businesses overcome obstacles to exporting by providing grants to cover costs associated with entering and expanding into international markets.  

STEP financial support helps U.S. small businesses:

  • Learn to export
  • Participate in foreign trade missions
  • Design international marketing products and campaigns
  • Support website globalization and e-commerce capabilities
  • Pay for subscriptions to services provided by federal agencies
  • Obtain trade credit insurance
  • Participate in export trade show exhibits and training workshops

For more information, see STEP | Made in Alabama: Alabama Department of Commerce

logo of Alabama department of commerce


Breaking News

SBA enters into Strategic Alliance with Birmingham Business Resource Center


Executive director, Bob Dickerson (left) and Alabama District Director, Thomas Todt (right) shake hands with SBA logo in background.


On October 12, Alabama District Director, Thomas Todt, on behalf of SBA co-signed a strategic alliance memorandum with Bob Dickerson, Executive Director of the Birmingham Business Resource Centers (BBRC). The BBRC has provided more than 1.5 billion in loans and created more than 6000 jobs since its inception in 1996, with a primary focus on being a financial resource and advocate for disadvantaged entrepreneurs and small businessesBBRC assists entrepreneurs in every stage of business development.

Through an array of technical assistance activities, including oneonone coaching, the BBRC focuses on helping businesses scale for growth. Services include providing resources to build capacity, attain new customers, and access capital. Emphasis is placed on economic empowerment and supporting historically disadvantaged businesses through diverse supplier opportunities.