SBA Upcoming Events: November 15 - 30

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Illustration of a main street with small businesses, shop small logo, SBA logo and text, Small Business Saturday, November 26, 2022.

Small Business Saturday, founded by American Express, is a day dedicated to supporting the diverse range of local businesses that create jobs, help boost the economy, and enhance neighborhoods around the country. According to American Express, the projected total reported spending among U.S. consumers who shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday last year hit a record high with an estimated $23.3 billion1. The SBA has cosponsored Small Business Saturday since 2011, and the Agency continues to help entrepreneurs leverage new opportunities with the 13th annual Small Business Saturday.


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Preparing to Repay Your EIDL Loan


Next event(s)

NOV 17 | 10:00 AM & 6:00 PM CST

NOV 19 | 10:00 AM CST

NOV 22 | 10:00 AM & 6:00 PM 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.

Dec 8 | 10:00 to 11:30 am CST


For any questions, contact

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Small Business Accounting: Budgeting 

Presented by The Catalyst Center

Getting ready for the new year? Looking to start, enhance, or change your budget for your business? Maybe you’ve never had a budget for your business, or you’re starting from scratch. This portion of The Small Business Accounting Series is designed to help you develop your budget, and provide tips on how to use the budget to manage your business finances successfully. No matter what stage you are at during your business life cycle, a budget is a crucial factor to your success. 

NOV 29 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM CST


webinar: holiday season preparation tips

Holiday Marketing Ideas

Presented by The Catalyst Center

The holiday season is upon us and is likely to be one of the biggest times of the year for you with the final months accounting for a large portion of your annual sales. Here’s what we’re going to cover in the workshop:

● How to plan for the holidays
● How to execute your holiday plan
● How to prepare for ongoing success after the holidays

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


Nomination Deadline Ends in 22 days!

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 21 | 12:00 to 1:00 pm CST


For any questions, contact:

Support 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

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Upcoming EIDL Deadline: 

Businesses in Hale, Bibb, Greene, Marengo, Perry, and Tuscaloosa counties of Alabama can apply
for working capital loans before the Dec. 7 deadline. The disaster loan program is available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations affected by the tornado on Feb. 3, 2022.

Check Disaster Declaration Details for more information and how to apply.

[1] The American Express 2021 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey was conducted by Teneo on behalf of American Express. The study is a nationally representative sample of 2,426 U.S. adults 18 years of age or older. The sample was collected using an email invitation and an online survey. The study gathered self-reported data and does not reflect actual receipts or sales. It was conducted anonymously on November 28, 2021. The survey has an overall margin of error of +/- 2.0%, at the 95% level of confidence. Projections are based on the current U.S. Census estimates of the U.S. adult population, ages 18 years and over.