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Your Management Team  is launching The Entrepreneur Exchange,an education program helping small businesses increase their revenue, expand their workforce, andsba-logo-op_original_crop provide a greater impact on their local economies.  The Entrepreneur Exchange is funded by the Small Business Administration’s Scale Up America program and is provided at no cost to participants. The program is open to businesses at least 2 years  old whose annual revenue is between $150,000 – $500,000. A 12 month commitment is required and only 30 companies will be selected to participate.  Classes start January 20, 2015 and applications are due by December 20, 2014.

Ice House

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  regional-feature-image nmsdcRegional Seminars
  April 1-2, 2015 – Atlanta, GA
  September 16-17, 2015 –  San Francisco, CA


leadership-feature-image nmsdc awardsNMSDC Leadership Awards
 May 20, 2015 – New York, NY




U.S. Chamber of Commerce

021896_ExactTarget600x90+Key+Graphic14th Annual Aviation Summit

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 

Renaissance Hotel
999 9th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Doors Open: 7:30 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Reception: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Register today to save $50!

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is hosting this forum to bring together top experts and leaders from all sectors of aviation to discuss critical issues facing the industry. The 2015 Summit will focus on the future of space and aviation in the global economy.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Ben Baldanza, President, Chief Executive Officer and Class II Director, Spirit Airlines 
  • Akbar al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airlines
  • Nick Calio, President and Chief Executive Officer, Airlines for America 
  • Robert Crandall, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AMR Corporation and American Airlines
  • John W. Crichton, President and CEO, NAV CANADA
  • Thomas J. Donohue, President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • William J. Flynn, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
  • The Honorable Carol Hallett, Of Counsel, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • Robin Hayes, President, JetBlue Airways
  • James Hogan, Chief Executive Officer , Etihad Airlines
  • T. Allan McArtor, Chairman, Airbus Group, Inc.
  • The Honorable John McKernan, President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • W. Douglas Parker, Chief Executive Officer, American Airlines Group
  • David N. Siegel, Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Airlines
  • Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO, Deutsche Lufthansa AG
  • Jeff Smisek, CEO, United Airlines
  • George T. Whitesides, CEO, Virgin Galactic 

U.S. Chamber Members, Embassy Employees and Non-Profit Employees – $200 Now $150
Non-U.S. Chamber Members, Political Appointees and Schedule C Employees – $250 Now $200
House, Senate and Executive Branch Career Service Employees –

Thank you to our Gateway Sponsor:

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sba-logo-op_original_cropNominations for 2015 National Small Business Week Awards Now Being Accepted!


The Columbus District Office will also be accepting nominations for the following District level awards:  Financial Services Advocate of the Year; Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year; Veteran’s Small Business Advocate of the Year and the Women’s Small Business Advocate of the Year. The U.S. Small Business Administration Columbus District Office is proud to announce that SBA’s online portal is ready to accept nominations for its 2015 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year award and others named below.  SBA has been following the mantra – Smart, Bold and Accessible in the way the agency conducts business. This is now the third year SBA has been using the online portal submission process, a great and smart improvement from years past. The improved dedicated web portal  provides all the guidelines and has made it much easier to submit and track submissions of nominees for National Small Business Week. 

All nominations must be submitted online, postmarked or hand delivered to the SBA no later than 3 p.m. EST, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. In addition to the portal, nominations can also be sent directly to SBA’s Columbus District Office, at 401 N. Front Street, Suite 200, Columbus, Oh 43215 Contact Shannon Feucht at 614-469-6860 ext. 244 or for more information.

Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy. For over 50 years, SBA will continue its tradition in honoring the nation’s 28 million small businesses. SBA Awards given in celebration of National Small Business Week include the following awards:

  • National Small Business Person of the Year (chosen from among state award winners from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam)
  • Phoenix Awards (recognizing outstanding accomplishments during disaster recovery)
  • Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
  • Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
  • The Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence (recognizes large prime contractors who have used small businesses as suppliers and contractors)
  • SBA 8(a) Graduate of the Year (for recent graduates of the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program)
  • Exporter of the Year
  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC)Excellence and Innovation Award (nominations of SBA-funded SBDC Service Centers)
  • Women’s Business Center (WBCs) of Excellence Award (nominations of SBA-funded WBCs)
  • Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award (nominations of SBA-funded Veterans Business Outreach Centers)
  • Small Business Investment Company of the Year 


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