SBA Upcoming Events: November 1 - 15

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Photo of five people framed around an illustration of the U.S. with text, National Veterans Small Business Week, Oct.31-Nov.4,


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


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Alabama Resources for Veteran Entrepreneurs

Presented by the Alabama District Office from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): Join us for a virtual panel discussion to learn about economic development resources for veteran's living in Alabama. Listen to special guest speakers from the SBA, the Veteran's Business Outreach Center at Mississippi State University (VBOC), and the Alabama Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) to learn about support programs for veterans and military personnel who are interested in self-employment and starting businesses.

NOV 9 | 4:00pm to 5:30pm


For questions, contact


SBA Alabama District Office Real Estate Lending Overview Workshop

Hey entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners!

If you are seeking to buy a commercial building, refinance your existing building or purchase the building you are currently leasing, then come join us and how SBA financing can possibly help.

Nov 1 | 10:00 am CST



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.

Nov 10 | 10:00 to 11:30 am CST

Dec 8 | 10:00 to 11:30 am CST


For any questions, contact

SBA Lending Overview with the Birmingham Urban League

Birmingham Urban League is a recipient of the community navigator's grant. Learn what resources they have to offer and about SBA loans. 

NOV 15 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM CST


Please contact the instructor with any questions or concerns you may have.

SCORE for the life of your business

SCORE Mentors Alabama Chapter 

Will be hosting a virtual webinar on how to raise capital to start or grow your business. Guest speakers from SCORE, lending institutions, and SBA will be participating in a panel discussion and Q&A.

NOV 15 | 12:00 to 1:00 pm CST


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:

Learn more about how to nominate a business or self-nominate by registering for office hours.

Nov 7| 12:00 to 1:00 pm CST

Nov 21 | 12:00 to 1:00 pm CST


For any questions, contact:

Support for Exporting

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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

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Breaking News

Birmingham makes Top 12 Performing Cohort in nation for the SBA T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Program


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T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined is an executive-level training series intended to give ambitious small business leaders a challenging opportunity to accelerate their growth through targeted training led by motivating leaders in small business development. T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined revolutionizes the rich history of executive-level training for small businesses poised for growth.

For the fourth week in a row and fifth week overall, the Birmingham cohort has made the Top 12 Performing Cohort with about 58 cohorts nation-wide. The 2022 cohort will be concluding in December, be sure to be on the lookout for the 2023 applications.

See T.H.R.I.V.E Emerging Leaders for more details about the program. The SBA T.H.R.I.V.E applications will open January 1, 2023