SBDCs In The News

Age of Uncertainty

When it comes to making decisions in an age of uncertainty, “many businesses we’ve been in contact with are following a more short-term approach, but that doesn’t mean they’re not thinking about the future,” confirmed Virendra Chhikara, Director of Louisiana’s Small Business Development Center (a partner to the federal Small Business Administration) at the University of Louisiana. Read more.

Puerto Rico Small Business Development Centers: 20 Years of Success Stories

The Puerto Rico Small Business and Technology Development Centers is celebrating its 20th Year Anniversary, highlighting its economic development impact in Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rico SBTDC will be hosting the “Think Big and Grow Smarter Business Summit” on August 18th, 2017 at the Condado Plaza Hilton. Read more.

Washington SBDC Offers Free Cybersecurity Workshops for Small Businesses

The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering a three-hour workshop in Seattle and in Bellevue in September to help business owners learn best practices for protecting data against cyberattacks. The workshops are free, but registration is required. Read more.

Alexandria, Virginia Chamber Selects SBDC Board Member Bill Blackburn As Business Leader Of The Year

The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce today announced that Bill Blackburn, a board member of the Alexandria SBDC and partner at the Home Grown Restaurant Group, has been selected as the 2017 Business Leader of the Year. He will be honored at the annual Business Leadership Awards Presentation and Reception, presented by Burke & Herbert Bank, at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial on Oct. 18. Read more.

Small Businesses, “The Engine of the American Dream”

On Tuesday, President Donald J. Trump welcomed over 100 small business owners to the White House for an event highlighting small businesses, “The Engine
of the American Dream.” Together with the Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), Linda McMahon, and Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump,
President Trump demonstrated his Administration’s commitment to instituting policies that allow small businesses to flourish in America and to spotlight the large
contributions that small businesses make to the American economy. Read more.

Wisconsin SBDC Clients Recognized at White House Event

Two Wisconsin business owners were among five America’s SBDC clients who visited the White House Aug. 1 for the “Small Business in America – The Engine
of the American Dream” roundtable. Hometown Trolley of Crandon and Northern Star Fire of Eau Claire were invited, along with Veterans MFG and Bear Creek
Smokehouse of Texas and Motus Motorcycles of Alabama, plus dozens of other businesses from around the country. President Donald Trump spoke about job
growth, growing small business industries and the future of small business. Read more.

Small Business Reassured by Support from Trump Administration

Stonelock CEO Colleen Dunlap and Northern Star Fire founder Jeff Dykes discuss what the Trump Administration could do to help boost small business growth.
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Birmingham CEO and SBDC Client Represents Alabama at White House Event

A Birmingham company, Motus Motorcycle, was invited to the East Room of the White House to attend an American small business event entitled “The Engine of the American Dream.” As Motus manufacturers pushrod motorcycles, CEO Lee Conn said the title was very fitting. Conn said he was glad to meet inspiring entrepreneurs and represent Alabama at the event. “It was a big honor for all of us at Motus who’ve worked so hard and risked so much to build a great company in Alabama,” Conn wrote in an email. Read more.

Crandon, Wisconsin Manufacturer and SBDC Client to Meet with President Trump

Kristina Pence-Dunow, President and CEO of Hometown Trolley, tells NewsChannel 7 a White House staffer called her Thursday and asked her to join the President and a group of small business owners to discuss small business hardships, struggles and the future of manufacturing. Hometown Trolley employs 57 people and builds rubber-tired trolley buses used for public and private tours of historic areas, universities and theme parks. Read more.

Eau Claire, Wisconsin Fire Captain and SBDC Client to Meet President Trump

A compass that would direct firefighters through unfamiliar and treacherous burning buildings started as a seed of an idea thought up by veteran firefighter Jeff Dykes. In three years, the Eau Claire fire captain’s idea turned into his own business, Northern Star Fire, which gained international interest and propelled Dykes to the national stage, where today he is one of 100 small-business owners who will participate in a roundtable with President Donald Trump at the White House. According to a statement from the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center, which helped Dykes craft a business plan needed for a grant submission, Dykes is currently negotiating a 10,000-compass order. Read more.