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sba-logo-op_original_cropSBA Announces Partnership to Support ‘Boots to Business: Reboot’

Entrepreneurship Training for Veterans

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) kicked-off National Veterans Small Business Week  (Nov. 2 – 6) today by launching a new private-public partnership with The Marcus Foundation, First Data Corporation and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) that will support SBA’s Boots to Business: Reboot entrepreneurship training program.

This partnership will allow the SBA to present more than 100 entrepreneurial training workshops over the next year to veterans of all eras, service members (including members of the National Guard and Reserves) and their spouses.

“Military veterans represent a vast pool of talent and tested skills that makes them natural business leaders,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.  “This private-public partnership will make it possible for more veterans to gain the tools necessary to start their own successful businesses and create good jobs in their communities.”

The Boots to Business: Reboot curriculum will introduce veterans to the fundamentals of business ownership including evaluating business concepts and developing a business plan. Course participants will be introduced to their local SBA resource partners, consisting of Veterans Business Outreach Centers, Women’s Business Centers, Small Business Development Centers and SCORE.

Additionally, upon completion of the introductory course, participants will be eligible to register for “Foundations of Entrepreneurship,” an eight-week, online course led by instructors from Syracuse University’s IVMF that offers in-depth instruction on the elements of a business plan and techniques and tips for starting a business.

To learn more about the Boots to Business: Reboot entrepreneurship training program, visit or contact the SBA district office in your local community.

sba-logo-op_original_cropSOURCE:  SBA North Carolina District Office


Greetings Entrepreneurs!  Each month we highlight a few seminars and conferences being held around the state.   Below is a list of a few of the upcoming seminars to help you start, manage and grow your business.

Check the class listings for your local Community College Small Business Centers. Also, your local Chamber of Commerce has additional events.  Other events can be found at; More can be found at and click on “calendar”.

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NOTICE:  The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond is conducting a Small Business Credit Survey. This short survey will ask about your business’ performance, financing choices, and borrowing experiences. Responses are confidential and will help improve programs and services for small business owners.   Click the link to take the survey. I hope you will consider participating.


November                          InnovateHER                     Various dates & locations

Building on the success of the SBA’s inaugural 2015 InnovateHER Business Challenge, which we piloted in early 2015, Administrator Contreras-Sweet and the Office of Women’s Business Ownership are pleased to announce the launch of the SBA’s InnovateHER 2016: Innovating for Women Business Challenge and Summit.  The InnovateHER Challenge is a national prize competition aimed at unearthing products and services that impact and empower the lives of women and families through local business competitions that culminate in a live pitch Final Round. During the InnovateHER Finals, up to 10 Finalists will compete for the Top Three cash prizes totaling $70,000 provided by Microsoft.  There are multiple locations hosting these events in North Carolina: Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greenville, Raleigh, Wilmington.  Call Eileen Joyce, SBA, 704-344-6787 for information.

November 3 & 17         Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #1          Charlotte

SCORE hosts this free introductory to starting a business.  This is the first in a 5 part series.  For information call (704) 344-6576 or visit SCORE’s online website at .  Course descriptions and details can be found on the SCORE website    Nov 3 will be held at 6302 Fairview Road, Ste 300, 12:45 to 3:00 pm. Nov 17 will be held at 222 Church Street, 5:45 pm – 8 pm.      

November 5       Veteran Entrepreneurship Programs by the SBA   Morehead City

Did you know that Veteran businesses succeed 250% greater than non-veterans? The SBA provides veteran entrepreneurs with an honorable discharge with special benefits they are automatically eligible for when starting or growing their small business. Veterans can gain startup or expansion capital or to purchase and occupy commercial real estate property. SBA provides opportunities for veterans contracting with the federal government. Take advantage of your veteran benefits through the SBA available to you and your current spouse (or a widowed survivor). SBA’s Don Spry to speak. Location: Carteret Community College, Wayne West Building, Morehead City; Free.  4-6 pm.

November 5                       How to Raise Your Credit Score                Fayetteville

The Veterans Business Outreach Center at Fayetteville State University is hosting a Credit Workshop.  6pm – 9pm; Fayetteville State University; SBE 140.  This workshop, presented by Bob Moore, will provide answers YOU need to improve YOUR score in the shortest time possible.  This workshop is absolutely free, nothing to buy, no gimmicks, and no surprises.  Register:   Contact Sarah Espinosa at or call 910-672-2683

November 5      Opportunities for Veterans                Jamestown

Want to start a business? Starting a business can be confusing, challenging and frustrating.  Whether your business is new, established or you are cultivating the seed of a great idea, success depends on getting the assistance you need, when you need it.  Learn about the Small Business Administration resources to assist you through the different phases of development. The veteran’s representative from the SBA will provide information to take the next step as an entrepreneur. In addition, a Veteran Business Owner will describe his experience in starting his business. You do not want to miss this opportunity. For more information and registration contact: Flora Taylor 336-334-4822 Ext. 50521 or    Guilford Tech Community College – Jamestown Campus, 601 E Main Street, Jamestown. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

November 5       How to Raise Your Credit Score                                Fayetteville

This workshop, hosted by the Veteran Business Outreach Center, will provide some answers YOU need to improve YOUR score in the shortest time possible. This class is part of the Veterans Entrepreneur Initiative is a unique partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Veterans Business Outreach Center, and Fayetteville State University. Take advantage now of this no-cost series taught by seasoned business professionals. At completion, you will know how to start and sustain your small business, AND you will receive a certificate from Fayetteville State University’s Veterans Business Outreach Center. To receive the certificate of completion you must attend 4 of the 6 classes. (You are welcome to attend individual classes.) How to Start a Successful Small Business, How to Raise Your Credit Score to Over 740 Points, Dynamite Marketing Using Social Media, Capital Access: How to Finance Your Small Business, The Best Small Business to Start in 2016, Basics of Small Business Taxation. Free. Fayetteville State University, 1200 Murchison Road.  Register: 910-672-2683.

November 5       Export University 101                    Charleston, South Carolina

This is a one-day workshop on export sales, finance and logistics will help you compete globally! Getting back to the export basics is good business, whether you are new to exporting or an experienced international company. Topics will include: Export sales techniques; Letters of credit and other export payment methods; Pricing strategies and how to offer financing to your customer; Transportation and freight forwarding. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Location: College of Charleston School of Business, Tate Center, Room 202. Registration fee is $75 per person.  Register:

November 6 -9                   Startup Weekend                            Winston-Salem

Have you ever been to a SUW?  Startup Weekends are a 54-hour event designed to provide superior education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered on action, innovation and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

November 9       A New Mission: Military Women as Entrepreneurs         Charlotte

Save the Date:  Please join the Women’s Business Center and CPCC Small Business Center for “A New Mission,” an event designed to accelerate entrepreneurial success. • Connect with resources to help you on your journey; • Grow your network of peers; • Get inspired by the dynamic lineup of speakers.  Details at .   Harris Conference Center; 8:30 – 2:30.

November 10             Disaster Webinar                            2 PM

Start Building Your Disaster Recovery Plan TODAY with SBA and Agility.

November 10             Small Business Certification Workshop          Charlotte

Did you know the Federal Government spends over $600 billion dollars on goods and services every year? Would you like to find out how your business can access the federal marketplace? Attend a FREE Workshop and Learn About Federal Certifications: Woman-Owned Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, Veteran & Service Disabled Veteran Program, 8(a) Business Development Program, and the HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program. Free.  9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.   Location:  SBA District Office, 6302 Fairview Rd., Ste. 300, Charlotte.  For more information, contact Erin Connell @ 704-344-6590.

November 18                    SBIR/STTR Symposium                  Cary

Join the SBTDC and NC State University’s Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research for a full day SBIR/STTR symposium.  Symposium highlights:  detailed overview of the $2 Billion non-dilutive funding mechanism, components of a successful Phase 1 proposal, NIH program manager presentations, one-on-one meetings with program managers from NIH & other agencies.  $195.

November  20                   Food Industry Summit                   Colfax (near Greensboro)

In recognition of Global Entrepreneur Week, Guilford Tech SBC and area resource partners are hosting their first Food Industry Summit. This will be an all-day event covering the many aspects of the food industry.  Interested in starting a business in the food industry? Want to sell your baked goods? How about open a restaurant or food truck? Catering? The 1st annual Piedmont Triad Food Summit is the place you need to be to learn from the experts all the rules, regulations and best practices.   Location: GTCC Cameron Campus, 7908 Leabourne St, Colfax, NC.  Free.

 November 24           SBA 8(a) Business Development and Government Contracting Webinar – 4th Tuesday of Every Month

Did you know that the Federal Government is the world’s largest buyer of goods and services, spending over $600 billion dollars every year?  Would you like to find out how your business can access the federal marketplace?  Attend an SBA webinar on SBA Procurement Programs, Tools and Resources hosted by the North Carolina District Office.   If you are interested in discovering programs designed to enhance federal and non-federal procurement opportunities for your small business, you can learn how SBA can help on one of these dates:  When:   4th Tuesday* of the Month 10:00 am – 11:00 am Call:   888-858-2144; passcode: 6906107#   





Countdown to Miami Book Fair
Pre-fair Author Events Presented in Partnership with 

David Mitchell

Thursday, November 5, 7 p.m.
Auditorium at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, Downtown Miami

Cloud Atlas author, David Mitchell’s latest, Slade House, a reality-warping new vision of the haunted house story.

For more information on this author and event, click here.



Fred Shaw Plaza MDC Kendall Campus
11011 SW 104 Street Miami, FL · 305-237-3010

Tickets available at MDC Live Arts


sba-logo-op_original_cropVGATE: Veterans Growing America through Entrepreneurship

In partnership with SBA and Fifth Third, the WBC invites veterans to attend the second annual conference on entrepreneurship. During this conference, veterans will be inspired to start or grow their businesses. Speakers will include Mr. Eddie Grayson and Ms. Haleema Shafeek, accomplished entrepreneurs in addition to  networking and resource partners for aspiring entrepreneurs to learn from. This training is open and free to all veterans. Lunch will be provided.   

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

At the 5/3 Learning Lab

ECDI (Economic Community Development Institute)

1611 Old Leonard Ave., Columbus OH 43219

Register at:  or 614-732-0981


sba-logo-op_original_cropEXPORTING AGRICULTURE

November 4, 2015

On November 4th, 2015 The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Riverside County Office of Foreign Trade along with leadership from other City, State, and Federal agencies will provide industry updates and resources to assist companies. This will include marketing, finance,and disaster support. There will be opportunities to network and  meet with interested buyers and sellers.

Exporting Agriculture

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