North Dakota SBDC has ties to several Governor’s Choice Award winners

Last week, as part of the Economic Development Association of North Dakota fall conference, Gov. Doug Burgum announced the recipients of the 2020 Governor’s Choice Economic Development Awards. The ND SBDC is pleased to have connections with three of the winners as well as a finalist in another category. Read more.

New Jersey SBDC Task Force Initiative to Support Small Businesses During Anticipated COVID Second Wave

Since the spring of 2020, thousands of hours have been devoted supporting small businesses in different sectors of the economy through the Economic Recovery Task Force Initiative of the New Jersey Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Ramapo College. Read more.

Oregon’s BMCC SBDC offers free finance course

The Blue Mountain Small Business Development Center is offering a six-week Profit Mastery program at absolutely no charge to the first 100 participants to register. The course, usually costing $895, is funded thanks to SBA CARES Act funds. Read more.

Fox Auction is Pappajohn and North Iowa Area SBDC September Entrepreneur of the Month

Fox Auction in Mason City is the September 2020 NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and North Iowa Area SBDC Entrepreneurs of the Month. Read more.

GO Virginia approves grant for Small Business Resiliency Teams

The GO Virginia State board has approved an $81,813 grant proposal submitted by a regional partnership in the Shenandoah Valley creating a Small Business Resiliency Team program. The partnership, involving Harrisonburg Economic Development, Frederick County Economic Development, Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center and Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center, has the goal of providing expanded business support services and technical assistance to area businesses in the wake of challenges faced by small business dealing with the COVID-19 government response. Read more.

Wisconsin SBDC collaborates with Southern Door High School to build future entrepreneurs

This semester, the students in Maree Baumann’s Entrepreneurship & Small Business (Writing a Business Plan) college-credit course at Southern Door High School, are experiencing first-hand what it’s like to be a client working with one of the support organizations available to entrepreneurs in the state of Wisconsin. Tara Carr, director of the Small Business Development Center at UW-Green Bay, is joining the class virtually throughout the semester. Read more.

OCMS, CCDC partner with Iowa SBDC for #IASBDCMOBILE communities free event

On October 1, local business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to a new #IASBDCMOBILE Community event from America’s SBDC Iowa. Held in partnership with Osceola Chamber Main Street and the Clarke County Development Corporation, business experts from around the area will be on hand to discuss unique business strategies, new opportunities, and more. Read more.

Illinois SBDC Offers Real Estate Workshop Wednesday

Advice for small businesses from a commercial real estate point of view will be the topic of discussion during today’s (Wednesday) virtual workshop hosted by the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at SIUE. A real estate broker with the largest firm in Southern Illinois will be the guest speaker, talking about topics related to real estate transactions during the pandemic. Read more.

California SBDC Helps San Diego’s Refugee Business Owners Overcome Language Barriers

Adriana Taboada, director of the IRC’s Small Business Development Center, said all small business owners face a number of challenges during the pandemic. But, when it comes to small business owners who haven’t lived in the U.S. for quite as long, the challenges become unique. Read more.

SBDC Client PMI Earns National DOE Award During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Department of Energy has awarded New Mexico SBDC client Performance Maintenance, Inc. (PMI) the HUB Zone Small Business of the Year Award. “Our business relationship with SBDC Director Julianna Barbee and her staff has been invaluable to our exponential growth factor,” PMI co-owner Eric Quintana said. “Our relationship started when it was just my wife and myself as the first employees until present as we celebrate with over 160 employees and many subcontractors.” Read more.

Stony Brook SBDC, Business Students Team Up to Help Local Firms Cope With Pandemic

By employing student research assistants from the College of Business and Center of Entrepreneurial Finance (CEF), the Stony Brook Small Business Development Center (SBDC) developed a small business recovery and resiliency webinar series to provide tools to assist small- and medium-sized businesses recover from the devastating ongoing pandemic and unprecedented economic disruption. Read more.

Utica woman wins Small Business Administration award

While Francesca Orsomarso always wanted to be a singer-songwriter, something always led her back to marketing. The 28-year-old was presented last week with an award for 2020 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the U.S. Small Business Administration Syracuse District. Orsomarso worked with the Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to assist her with certifying her business as a New York State woman-owned business enterprise. Read more.

DC SBDC at Howard University Helps Small Businesses Survive the Pandemic

In 2008, Monica Barnett started a wardrobe styling and personal branding company called Blueprint for Style. When the pandemic forced her to make a quick pivot, Barnett turned to the DC Small Business Development Center (DC SBDC) on Howard University’s campus to up her game and survive the pandemic. Read more.

University of Alabama Program Helps Small Businesses With Challenges in Pandemic

During a five-month period this year, a program based at the University of Alabama helped thousands of small businesses in the state successfully tap into federal disaster funds to preserve jobs and stay open during the coronavirus pandemic. The Alabama Small Business Development Center led an effort to assist businesses to learn about the federal disaster programs and to aid their efforts to access the critically needed federal funds. Read more.

SBA Awards Timothy Porter of Appddiction Studio, LLC of Texas as 2020 Small Business Person of the Year

The U.S. Small Business Administration recognized this year’s Small Business Person of the Year, Timothy Porter of Appddiction Studio, LLC, of Texas, during the 2020 National Small Business Week virtual ceremony. Read more.

South Central Minnesota SBDC earns 2020 Excellence Award

The South Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center (SBDC) earned the Minnesota 2020 SBDC of Excellence Award. The prize is awarded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Read more.

UTSA’s Business Recovery Accelerator provides solutions on road to recovery

When stay-at-home orders were first issued in the spring, the UTSA South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network immediately pivoted existing advising and training services for virtual delivery. Additionally, CARES Act funding administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration allowed the SBDC to bring additional resources to its 79-county service delivery area with the launch of a new, specialized program to complement its existing footprint: the UTSA SBDC COVID Business Recovery Accelerator. Read more.

SBA ranks University of Pittsburgh’s SBDC as best in the country

The U.S. Small Business Administration has ranked the University of Pittsburgh’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as the best in the nation out of more than 1,000 similar centers throughout the country. Read more.

Governor DeSantis Activates Florida Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Small Businesses Damaged by Hurricane Sally

Governor Ron DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program to support small businesses impacted by Hurricane Sally. DEO administers the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program in partnership with the Florida Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Network and Florida First Capital Finance Corporation to provide cash flow to businesses damaged by a disaster. Read more.

Extension wants to match small businesses with help

This week’s University of Nevada, Reno Extension town hall and webinar will help small business owners learn about organizations that exist to help them grow. The English-language town hall and webinar will feature Jamie Schwartz, the new lead business development adviser from the Nevada Small Business Development Center, who will give a preview of how the Nevada SBDC will be assisting business owners over the next few months, as well as comparing buying an existing business or franchise with starting a new business. Read more.