November News from SBA Seattle

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Seattle District Office - November 17, 2022

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SBA Seattle District Director Kerrie Hurd (left) and Veterans Business Outreach Center Director Steve Watts-Oelrich (right) accept a proclamation from the City of Tacoma. SBA Seattle staff joins staff from Business Impact NW (VBOC program host) for Operation Entrepreneur

National Veterans Small Business Week: What a week!

Once again, National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW) was an exciting week full of workshops, shared resources, and new connections made. 

A big thank you to the City of Tacoma, where Mayor Victoria Woodards and the City Council kicked things off by proclaiming the week of Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, 2022, as National Veterans Small Business Week in the City of Tacoma. While noteworthy events took place throughout the country, our region's Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) did an exceptional job delivering another successful Operation Entrepreneur across four states! 

The celebratory week may be behind us, but the SBA continues to support veteran and military-connected entrepreneurs in many ways, including access to capital, training and technical assistance, and government contracting opportunities.

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During National Veterans Small Business Week, SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced updates to the planned launch of SBA’s new Veteran Small Business Certification Program—including her intention to grant a one-year extension to firms verified by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)’s Vets First Verification Program through the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) as of the January 1, 2023 transfer date.

Scheduled to officially begin operations and accept new applications in January 2023, the Veteran Small Business Certification Program will be the Agency’s primary vehicle for handling certification for veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) —important classifications that enable those businesses to qualify for sole-source and set-aside federal contracting awards.

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United States Patent and Trade Office: 2022 Veterans Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

Have you ever had a great business idea but didn’t know where to start? Do you need help launching, growing, or protecting your business? Would you like to learn more about raising capital, funding opportunities for research and development, buying inventory, obtaining lines of credit, or building a working prototype? 

Don’t miss this opportunity on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, to hear from innovative veterans about their journeys towards successful entrepreneurship. You’ll also learn about critical resources available to entrepreneurs and inventors, including training, counseling, and access to capital from representatives of entrepreneurial organizations such as the U.S. Small Business Administration, Bunker Labs, and more.

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National Entrepreneurship Month

November is National Entrepreneurship Month! SBA has mentoring, training, counseling, federal contracting, capital access, and other programs to help you start, grow, expand, or recover your small business.

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Did you receive a WA Department of Commerce Working Washington Round 5 Grant?

OneEastside SPARK and their partners are hosting a series of live, group help sessions to assist recipients of WW5 grants with the next steps in the process of claiming their funds. If you still need to apply for a Unique Entity ID (UEI), staff will also be able to assist with this

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upcoming events

Thursday, November 17 

9 - 10:30 a.m. | Virtual Square One - Lynwood

12 - 1:30 p.m. | Virtual Square One - Everett

1 - 3:30 p.m. | Tax Essentials for New and Existing Business Owners*

Saturday, November 19

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Successfully Starting a New Business

Monday, November 21

9 - 11 a.m. | Creating a Career & Life Portfolio

Tuesday, November 22

9 - 9:45 a.m. | Grow with a Pro (Legal Professional)*

9 - 11 a.m. | Virtual Square One

Tuesday, November 29

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Buying or Selling an Existing Business Step by Step

Wednesday, November 30

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | QuickBooks Online Basics You Need to Know

View the full Event Calendar

*SBA's participation or support is not an endorsement of any product, service, or entity

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