Coalition of Leading Small Business Providers Forms “Launchpad America” to Help Entrepreneurs, Startups Succeed as Nation Emerges from Pandemic

A consortium of industry leaders including America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC),, Intuit (NASDAQ: INTU), Lendio, Mastercard (NYSE: MA), Roll by ADP, Thryv (NASDAQ: THRY), and YouMail have teamed up to create “Launchpad America” – a unique initiative aimed to equip entrepreneurs with the necessary resources and mentorship needed to start and grow new businesses. The group is proud to encourage entrepreneurship in the post-pandemic environment. Read more.

Ohio SBDC to hold start-up web chats

The SBDC at Kent State University Tuscarawas will hold two web chats on start-ups from noon to 1 p.m. June 14 and 16. The web chats will be led by SBDC adviser Sue Gaiser. They will be an overview of issues related to starting and operating a business. Read more.

San Angelo, Texas SBDC Business Planning 101

At this seminar, we will be focusing on the financial sections of your Business Plan. Your Business Plan financials can make or break a deal. You will learn how to draft your own cash flow projections and review financial reports. Read more.

Onandoga, New York SBDC Offers Marketing/Branding Assistance

Our Marketing/Branding Experts can help YOU: Create a strategic marketing plan; assist with designing a logo; update your existing marketing plan; develop a brand identity; and determine the best ways to maximize your marketing budget. Learn more.

America’s SBDC New Jersey Nationally Recognized for Environmental Leadership

The National Steering Committee (NSC) of Small Business Environmental Assistance Programs (SBEAP) & Small Business Ombudsmen (SBO) recognized the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC) and the NJ Small Business Registry (SBR) for leadership in the areas of improving environmental performance, pollution prevention, sustainability, and mentoring through collaboration with the NJ SBEAP. Read more.

Kentucky Small Business Development Center opens new Paducah office

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has opened a new office to serve Paducah and nearby residents with small business resources. Aaron Harned serves as the local business coach. A Paducah native, Harned grew up in a small-business family and has worked in his family’s restaurant. Read more.

Nick Brophy joins Small Business Development Center at NKU as newest business coach

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) has announced Nick Brophy as its newest business coach. Brophy brings over 12 years of workforce and economic development experience to the Kentucky SBDC. Read more.

Startup Weekend Micronesia produces business ideas

Three sustainability business plans came out to the online hosted Startup Weekend Micronesia event. The event was held by the University of Guam Entrepreneur Society student organization, UOG’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the Pacific Islands Small Business Development Center Network. Read more.

Kentucky Small Business Development Center Opens Covington Office

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center (SBDC) announced the opening of a new office in Covington to serve the area with resources. “The pandemic has created an interesting time, where we’re seeing both a lot of growth and a lot of challenges,” said Kristina Joyce, State Director for the Kentucky SBDC. “We exist not only to help new businesses get started, but also to help existing businesses through any challenge — which has included COVID-19. That’s why we’ve added these new offices and coaches — we want to make sure every entrepreneur in Kentucky can reach us if they need us.” Read more.

Illinois SBDC International Trade Center At SIUE Hosts Virtual Roundtable: How To Expand Your Global Footprint

Current and potential exporters in southern Illinois are encouraged to attend a virtual roundtable discussion on “How to Expand your Global Footprint with Trade Shows and Carnets,” hosted by the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center (ITC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, in partnership with the Southwest Illinois Trade and Investment Council. Read more.

Daycare Bootcamp promotes in-home childcare businesses, with help from New York’s Watertown SBDC

A New York county agency was tasked with a tall order: find a solution to the area’s childcare shortage. Their solution is called Daycare Bootcamp, a program designed to help people start their own in-home childcare business. The Daycare Bootcamp has two purposes: provide people places to watch their children, and create a new wave of entrepreneurs. For the second part, the Watertown Small Business Development Center is stepping up. “We’ll literally walk through with each of them how to set up a tax ID, how to get liability insurance, what sort of legal questions you may have, how to do accounting,” said Elizabeth Lonergan, regional director, Watertown SBDC. Read more.

Upcycle Hawaii: Nav’s $10,000 Grant Winner

“As the ‘Lead Trashionista’, I love that I get to make a positive impact on my community through my small business. As a result of my work at Upcycle Hawaii LLC, I’ve added jobs to my community, diverted landfill from local landfills, and educated students and clubs on the importance of a sustainable business,” said Mattie Mae Larson, founder and owner at Upcycle Hawaii LLC. Read more.

Ward Lumber Transitions Ownership to Employees

The employees of Ward Lumber have made history by purchasing the 130-year-old business as a worker-owned cooperative. The transaction marks the first employee ownership transition of its kind in the North Country region of New York State. Ward’s flexible succession plan and successful buyout were also supported through training, business plan development and grant writing assistance provided by the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Clinton Community College (CCC). Read more.

Small Businesses Expect Positive Impact from Vaccine Availability

Nearly two-thirds of America’s small businesses expect to see a moderate to large impact on their businesses as a result of widespread vaccine distribution, according to a nationwide study released by Thryv Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: THRY) and America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) The study also provides insight into how the vaccine roll-out will affect different business industries. Read more.

SBDC webinar will focus on fading opportunities for getting a PPP loan

As the 2021 Paycheck Protection Program draws to an early close, the head of the local Small Business Development Center plans to provide free guidance Wednesday on how local businesses can maximize their chances of receiving money through the federal recovery initiative. Read more.

Federal aid available for struggling restaurants

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) has announced new federal relief available to help restaurants struggling due to the pandemic. Higgins is teaming up with the Small Business Development Centers in Western New York to offer a workshop to assist local restaurants with the application process. Read more.

SBDC offers training as farmers market season approaches

The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center will offer a two-part webinar series to help local farmers and individuals planning to sell food and other products at farmers markets across the region this season. Read more.

Geneseo SBDC recognized for pandemic support effort that retained 500 area jobs

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently recognized SUNY Geneseo’s Small Business Development Center for its COVID-19 pandemic support efforts. The SBDC assisted 19 clients in securing $2.5 million in investments and saved or retained 500 jobs with the SBA’s highly utilized Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Paycheck Protection Program loan programs. Read more.

NH SBDC, NH Tech Alliance launch Cybersecurity Initiative

The New Hampshire Small Business Development Center and the New Hampshire Tech Alliance are teaming up to offer cybersecurity assistance and resources to small businesses in the state. Read more.

Paris, Texas SBDC Offers Training On Startup Funding Options

How to fund a startup with retirement or other options is the focus of a virtual training session on April 14. Sponsored by the Paris Small Business Development Center, the webinar will feature guest speaker Tisha Dodge, Dodge Legal Group, SPC. Attendees will learn of different means to fund a startup business, including retirement funds or leverage other non-retirement-based options, without waiting to acquire investors to begin. Read more.