Happy Holidays from the SBA's Rhode Island District Office

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December 19, 2012

Rhode Island District Office Newsletter

Brought to you by the U.S. Small Business Administration

Last Call for Small Business Week Award Nominations and Packet Submissions

Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration has been recognizing outstanding small business owners and entrepreneurs for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the community during National Small Business Week.  The Rhode Island District Office of the SBA will be honoring small business owners and entrepreneurs in the following categories this coming Spring:

Small Business Person of the Year

Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Small Business of the Year

SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Entrepreneurial Success

Microenterprise of the Year

Small Business Exporter of the Year

Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year

Woman Owned Small Business of the Year

Minority Owned Small Business of the Year

Financial Services Champion of the Year

If you know a small business that is worth of recognition, there is still time to nominate them in one of the categories listed above.  Please email all submissions to matthew.spoehr@sba.gov

If your small business has already been nominated, do not forget that all nominee packages must be submitted to the Rhode Island District Office no later than the close of business on Monday, December 31, 2012.   

All submitted packages may be mailed to:

SBA Rhode Island District Office

380 Westminster Street

Suite 511

Providence, RI  02903


SBA Lending Volume Up In Ocean State

Since the Federal fiscal year began on October 1, 2012, the number of SBA loans in Rhode Island has seen a steady growth in comparison to the same two months the previous fiscal year.


For complete data on lending activity in Rhode Island, click here

Disaster Recovery Centers for Hurricane Sandy Victims to Close as of 5:00pm on December 19th

The Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) located in Westerly at both the Westerly Chamber of Commerce and the Misquamicut Volunteer Fire Station will be shutting down effective December 19 at the close of business.  Anyone affected by the storm wishing to receive assistance may contact:

SBA Customer Service Center:  800-659-2955

FEMA Teleregistration:  800-621-FEMA (3362)

Deadlines to file for assistance are January 15, 2013 (for physical damage) and August 14, 2013 (economic injury).