SBA general presentation, Sept 2012


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Talk at 2012 Houston Economic Summit by Mark Winchester, Deputy District Director of U.S. Small Business Administration -- Houston District Office

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  • SCORE--Counselors to America ’ s Small Business-is a resource partner of the SBA dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide. There are more than 10,500 SCORE volunteers in 389 chapter locations who assist small businesses with business counseling and training. SCORE also operates an active online counseling initiative. Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) This training resource is a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community and federal, state and local governments. It is SBA's largest resource partner and an initiative that enhances economic development by providing small businesses with management and technical assistance. There are more than 1,100 SBDC lead and service centers located around the country. Women ’ s Business Centers (WBC) Women's Business Centers represent a national network of more than 80 educational centers designed to assist women start and grow small businesses. WBCs operate with the mission to level the playing field for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the world of business. SBA District Offices In addition to its resource partners, the SBA operates full service district offices in every state of the country.
  • Women business owners are critically important to the American economy.   America's 9.1 million women-owned businesses employ 27.5 million people and contribute $3.6 trillion to the economy.   However, women continue to face unique obstacles in the world of business.   The SBA is a very strong advocate for women entrepreneurs and offers many programs and services to help them succeed.   Veterans: To ensure that veterans, service-disabled veterans and Reserve and National Guard member entrepreneurs receive special consideration in all of its entrepreneurial programs and resources, the SBA has established a fully staffed Office of Veterans Business Development. The Veterans Business Outreach Program provides entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and mentoring to eligible veterans. The SBA offers special low-interest-rate financing to small businesses with essential employees called to active duty. Native Americans: To ensure that American Indians, Native Alaskans and Native Hawaiians seeking to create, develop and expand small businesses have full access to the necessary business development and expansion tools available through the Agency ’ s entrepreneurial development, lending and procurement programs. Young entrepreneurs: The future of American enterprise is being shaped by young people of today who are filled with dreams, have a passion for change, hope for the future and a desire to succeed. Pursuing business knowledge at an early age is an important ingredient for future success.
  • Young Entrepreneur Link: SBA is laying the foundation for the next generation of entrepreneurs — teens. The SBA Teen Business Link provides teens the tools they need to begin thinking about an entrepreneurial career or to grow an existing business. Created by SBA and Junior Achievement, this Web site was launched Sept. 13, 2005 provides teens information to plan, start, and run a business.
  • While poor management is cited as the reason businesses fail, inadequate or ill-timed financing is a close second. Whether you are starting a business or expanding one, sufficient capital is essential. But it is not enough to simply have sufficient financing; knowledge and planning are required to manage it well.
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  • If your company needs help surviving in today ’ s competitive marketplace, SBA can help. The SBA ’ s Office of Business Development provides assistance to businesses located in disadvantaged areas. SBDC: Certifies small disadvantaged businesses eligible for specific federal contracts. Mentor: One successful small business guides a new small business along the road to success.
  • The SBA ’ s Disaster Assistance Program is the only federal program providing disaster loan assistance to homeowners, renters and businesses following disasters. The program provides eligible applicants with certain financial assistance only after an affected area is declared a disaster by the President or the Administrator of SBA.
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  • Includes information and resources that will help you at any stage of the business lifecycle.
  • Expand your business with programs and services offered by the SBA.
  • Increase your business knowledge and productivity.
  • Support your business with a team of experts.
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  • SBA general presentation, Sept 2012

    1. 1. U.S. Small Business Administration The SBA Advantage Resources and Programs for Success
    2. 2. The SBA AdvantageMillions of entrepreneurs useSBA resources and programs to:• Start or grow a business• Effectively compete in the marketplace Have you explored your Small Business Advantage?
    3. 3. A Nationwide NetworkThe SBA and its partners providebusiness counseling and training atlocations across the country.• SCORE• Small Business Development Centers• Women’s Business Centers• SBA District Offices
    4. 4. Reaching the UnderservedSBA strives to reach those underservedby our programs including:• Women• Veterans• Native Americans• Young entrepreneurs
    5. 5. Young Entrepreneurs•
    6. 6. FinancingSBA’s financial assistance programscan help you:• Start your business• Grow your business• Export your goods & services• Recover from a disaster
    7. 7. Financing• SBA is primarily a guarantor of loans made by private and other institutions• SBA does not offer grants to start or grow small businesses
    8. 8. FinancingDo you know your financing options?• Small business loans• Loans for land and buildings• Surety bonds for small and minority construction contractors• Venture capital investing• Export assistance• Disaster assistance
    9. 9. Business Development• Mentor/Protégé Program• Programs for women, disadvantaged individuals, service-disabled veterans and others• Assistance to businesses located in disadvantaged areas competing for government contracts• The Small Disadvantaged Business Self-Certification Program• Management and/or technical assistance
    10. 10. Disaster RecoveryLow-interest loans may be used to:• Restore primary residences• Repair or replace uninsured personal property• Recover from economic injury
    11. 11. Your Voice In Government• The SBA Office of Advocacy works to ensure federal rules and regulations do not unfairly affect small businesses.• The SBA Office of the National Ombudsman assists small businesses subjected to unfair audits, fines or enforcement actions.
    12. 12. Easy to find information to help businesses start, grow and succeed.
    13. 13. Starting and Managinga Business• Starting a business• Writing a business plan• Managing for growth• Future options
    14. 14. Services• Financial assistance• Compliance assistance• Contracting opportunities• Training and counseling• Laws and regulations
    15. 15. Tools• Small business forms• Resource library• Audio-visual programs• Fact sheets and brochures
    16. 16. Local Resources• SBA offices• Small Business Development Centers• SCORE – Counselors to America’s Small Business• Women’s Business Centers
    17. 17. Small Business Training • Training any time & any where with computer and Internet access • Internet-based training site provides: • Free online courses and workshops • Learning tools • Direct access to electronic counseling and other forms of technical assistance
    18. 18. The official resource for businesses to find: • Compliance information • Forms • Contacts at government agencies
    19. 19. SBA Dial-up1-800 U ASK SBA (1-800-827-5722)• A national toll-free service about SBA’s resources and programs• Talk to a business specialist 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Eastern time)• Recorded information available 24/7
    20. 20. Your SBAFor more information: 8701 S. Gessner, Houston TX, Suite 1200(713) 773-6500