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    1. 2017 Hurricane Harvey Recovery Assistance

      SBA is coordinating with FEMA, Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Departments of Energy and Labor, as well as State and local partners to support the recovery of citizens impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

      FAQ of SBA Disaster Loan Program can be found here. (pdf) 

      When you're ready to think about next steps, start by contacting FEMA for recovery assistance in the form of grants. Register for FEMA assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

      SBA offers low-interest, long-term disaster loans to small businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace uninsured/underinsured disaster damaged property.

      Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant's financial condition.

      SBA will be alongside FEMA at Disaster and Business Recovery Centers, providing assistance to disaster survivors. At the centers, disaster survivors will be ...

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    2. Annual Report of the Office of Economic Research, FY 2015

      Annual Report of the Office of Economic Research, FY 2015

      The Office of Advocacy released the Annual Report of the Office of Economic Research, FY 2015. This report details 26 OER publications and eight Small Business Economic Research Forums that were produced during fiscal year 2015. This year, OER produced research on the following topics:

      • Access to Capital
      • Employment
      • Innovation
      • Minority- and Women-owned Businesses
      • Veterans
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    3. Is Your Small Business Ready to Sell to the Government?

      Is Your Small Business Ready to Sell to the Government?

      There are a number of steps any business needs to take to get started in government contracting , including determining if your business qualifies for small business certification , getting a DUNS number, registering with the System of Award Management (SAM), and more. But what about preparing your business sales, marketing and operations infrastructure? Here are nine questions to ask yourself about your small business’ readiness to make a successful leap into government contracting.

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    4. Small Business, Big Impact: Celebrating Our Country and Small Businesses

      Small Business, Big Impact: Celebrating Our Country and Small Businesses

      Independence Day is right around the corner, and across the U.S. we're preparing for our favorite 4th of July festivities – a day off filed with backyard barbecues, pool parties, fireworks and fun. While we celebrate our country and the challenges we've overcome to achieve what we stand for today, there’s no doubt that this profile of greatness includes our small business owners and entrepreneurs.

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    5. Financing Options for Small Businesses (video)

      Financing Options for Small Businesses (video)

      This self-paced training exercise is an introduction to financing options for your business.

      Topics include; determining your financial needs, loans, grants, venture capital, angel investors, crowd funding and other financial options available to small businesses.

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    6. The Small Business Advocate – February-March 2014

      The Small Business Advocate – February-March 2014

      The report shows how well federal agencies took small entities into account in their rulemaking last year. Recent Advocacy news includes regulatory comment letters on the SEC’s crowdfunding proposal and OSHA’s silica proposal; two research publications on small business finance; and a report on a Maryland small business conference in which Advocacy staff participated. Also featured is the new chair of the Senate Small Business Committee, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and a tour of women-owned businesses in New Hampshire.

      Download:   newsletter_Feb-Mar-2014.pdfDownload Adobe Reader to read this link content

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    7. How Your Small Business Can Spread the Love to Your Community

      How Your Small Business Can Spread the Love to Your Community

      Valentine’s Day is upon us, and we know that businesses large and small incorporate this holiday of love into sales and marketing efforts with the hope that customers will spread a little more love their way. But another great way to acknowledge this amorous day is to spread a little love yourself – back to the community that supports your business. Read on for insight about making the most of your volunteer efforts.

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    8. IRS Issues Proposed Regulations to Provide Further Guidance on Individual Insurance Mandate

      Page summary:

      On January 23, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations that provide additional guidance to individual taxpayers who may be liable for the shared responsibility payment for not maintaining minimum essential coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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    9. SBA Comments to SEC on Crowdfunding

      SBA Comments to SEC on Crowdfunding
      The Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) offers the following comment to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in response to the above-referenced proposed rule issued on October 23, 2013. The SEC issued the proposed rule to implement Title III of the JOBS Act, which established the foundation for a regulatory structure for startups and small businesses to raise capital through securities offerings using the Internet through crowdfunding.
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    10. The Small Business Advocate – December-January 2014

      The Small Business Advocate – December-January 2014

      The December-January issue of The Small Business Advocate newsletter features new research from Advocacy, the chief counsel’s review of 2013 highlights, and the chief economist’s perspective on the important policy choices of 2014. The issue also includes reports on regulatory activities in several areas that affect small business: 

      Attachments: newsletter_Dec-Jan-2014.pdf

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    11. Nominate a Business for the 2014 National Small Business Week Awards

      Nominate a Business for the 2014 National Small Business Week Awards

      Are you a small business owner with an amazing success story to tell? If so, submit your nomination today for the 2014 National Small Business Week Awards. Nominations are currently being accepted online at http://nationalsmallbusinessweek.sba.gov/. For more than 50 years, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions in their local communities, and to our nation’s economy.

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    12. Advocacy Report Explores Why a Firm Hires Its First Employee

      Advocacy Report Explores Why a Firm Hires Its First Employee

      Today, the Office of Advocacy, an independent office within the Small Business Administration, released a report entitled, Crossing the Employer Threshold: Determinants of Firms Hiring Their First Employee.  The research analyzes the factors that lead to small businesses’ hiring their first employee, which is a significant aspect of small business job creation.

      “As our economy continues to recover, it is job creation that will bring employment back to pre-recession levels.  This report illustrates some areas where policymakers can focus to improve employment numbers in startup companies and small firms,” said Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy. 

       

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    13. Two Sides to Internet Sales Tax

      Two Sides to Internet Sales Tax

      The SBA Office of Advocacy report entitled, An Analysis of Internet Sales Taxation and the Small Seller Exemption, analyzes the number of firms that will be affected by the small seller exemption (SSE) if current legislation passes and how much e-commerce is likely to be affected. “This is a tough issue for small business owners. On one end of the spectrum, a small seller exemption would reduce burdens for small online retailers. On the other end, brick-and-mortar stores without an online presence would continue to collect sales taxes. This report gives pertinent information, so everything is out on the table for this important topic,” said Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy.

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