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How One Female Business Owner Won Government Contracts

LaKeshia Grant's tech firm landed federal contracts after 8(a) program certification

Working out of her home using $11,000 in personal savings, LaKeshia Grant started Virtual Enterprise…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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SBA To Increase Investment Capital to Minority Businesses

Agency expands SBIC Impact Investment Fund

The SBA is implementing a series of policy changes that promise to broaden access to…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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SBA to Provide $1.5 Million In Small Business Grants

Funding set to help disadvantaged businesses in 8(a) development program

The SBA expects to award six to 10 grants in the range of $150,000 to…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How Your Personal Credit Score Affects Small Business Lending

Alternative solutions for getting a loan or line of credit

Unlike the CEOs of major public companies, whose personal financial situation has little effect on…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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SBA Will Speed Up Loan Application Process

SBA Administrator: Say goodbye to fax machines and mountains of paperwork

The Small Business Administration is streamlining its loan approval process for small business owners.
SBA Administrator…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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A To Z: What You Must Have and Know To Get A Small Business Loan

Tips and Strategy on getting approved for a small business loan

If you’re looking to start a small business and you don’t have a trust fund,…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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PayPal Launches Small Business Tour

Online merchant services provider to teach entrepreneurs how to better leverage technology

PayPal is increasing its efforts to help small businesses grow by hosting a series of…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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SBA Offers Financing To Businesses Selling Abroad

Agency extends grant program another year with $8 million available in funding for small business exporting

 
Entrepreneurs interested in selling their products abroad should relish in the fact that there is…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Federal Assistance May Be on the Way in 2014 for Startups and Small Companies

Senate bill provides greater access to loans and investment capital

Will it finally pass?

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Why President Obama’s New SBA Administrator Will Be Good for Minority Business

Maria Contreras-Sweet has firsthand small business and banking experience

The newly appointed head of the Small Business Administration (SBA), Maria Contreras-Sweet would bring years…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How Small Businesses Can Gain a Competitive Advantage through HUBZone Certification

In fiscal year 2012, HUBZone firms received $8.01 billion in federal contracts

The SBA’s Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone programs provides contracting opportunities to small businesses located…

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 Ways to Market Your Business for the Holiday Season

5 Ways to Market Your Business for the Holiday Season

Start now to plan your holiday retail marketing campaign

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and the time is now to make sure you…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business Conference for LGBT Communities Resumes After Government Shutdown

The SBA’s economic empowerment tour heads to New York

LGBT conference is on its way to the world’s greatest city

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Advocacy Releases Annual Small Business Lending Report

SBA Releases it’s Annual Review of Small Business Lending for 2012

Total number of small business loans increases from 21.3 million to 23.5 million.

Study shows an increase in the number of small business loans which underscores the positive…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA Honors Nation's Top Small Businesses

SBA Lending Activity in FY 2013 Shows SBA Continuing to Help Small Businesses Grow

In 2013, SBA supported more than $29 billion in lending to small businesses

Since President Obama took office, SBA has supported more than $126 billion in lending to…

By C. Daniel Baker

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10th Annual National Small Business Federal Contracting Week

Government Shutdown is Hurting Black Contractors And Entrepreneurs

Minority owned firms are facing increased hardships and financial losses

As the shutdown drags on, it could hurt 20% of their business, according to a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How to Land Multimillion Dollar Federal Contracts

Necole Parker of The ELOCEN Group used the 8(a) program to grow her business and gain government clients

Necole Parker spent nearly two decades designing a reputation built upon innovation as a senior…

By Renita Burns

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5 Tips to Successfully Gain 8(a) Certification

Getting accepted into the SBA's development program can be challenging. Here are some inside tips

Obtaining certification can be a rigorous and daunting process, though not impossible

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Jeanne Hulit to Replace Karen Mills as SBA Administrator

The head of the agency's Office of Capital Access to serve as acting Administrator starting next month

Karen Mills was sworn in as the 23rd Administrator of the Small Business Administration in…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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SBA Creating Access and Opportunity for Women-Owned Small Businesses via ChallengeHER

How You Can Gain Greater Access to Federal Contracts

Small Business opportunities in America's federal supply chain.

SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and, over the…

By Marie Johns

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Business Continuity Tips Discussed at Free Webinar Hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery

Get Your Business Ready For Any Disaster With Free SBA Webinar Series

40 to 60 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster.

When disaster strikes, having a plan can mean the difference between staying open for your…

By C. Daniel Baker

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ATL Hosts LGBT Entrepreneurs Economic Empowerment Conference

SBA's Many Face One Dream Tour for communities of color revs up

LGBT small business owners and entrepreneurs will have access to a wealth of knowledge, opportunity,…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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World Wide Technology Founder and Chairman David Steward

Billion Dollar Businessman Dave Steward Shares Success Secrets

The founder of the nation’s largest black-owned business attributes SBA to his company’s growth at National Small Business Week

Steward gives credit to SBA for company growth.

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10 Highlights from National Small Business Week

Advice & Highlights From 2013 National Small Business Week

Words of wisdom for business owners and entrepreneurs from the SBA

A collection of words of wisdom from speakers and presenters at the 2013 National Small…

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Advantage Contracting Named SBA's Eastern Penn. 2013 Minority Small Business Of The Year

Advantage Contracting Named SBA’s Eastern Penn. 2013 Minority Small Business Of The Year

Cromedy was chosen out of 700,000 business candidates in the region.

Advantage Contracting, Inc. is the only minority sheet metal company in Philadelphia and an 8a…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA Hosts Twitter Chat for Young Entrepreneurs on Business Start Up

SBA Presents “Identifying and Connecting With Your Influencers for Small Business” Webinar

The fourth topic in the SBA & W20 Group's 5 topic social media webinar series

Research has shown that 65 percent of top U.S. brands reported participating in influencer marketing.…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA Honors Small Business Person of the Year Winners from 50 States

Small Business Person of the Year winners will be announced during Small Business Week

An award recognizing small businesses that create jobs, produce revenue, lift local economies, and support…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA Honors Nation's Top Small Businesses

SBA Hosts Business Matchmaking Events During National Small Business Week

Learn how to contract with large companies, federal government

Last year, approximately 150 businesses and 20 buyers matched up during the SBA’s National Small…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Small Business Administration Kicks Off Veterans Small Business Week

SBA’s Veteran Pledge Initiative Aims to Help Veterans Become Entrepreneurs

2.45 million Veteran-owned businesses employ more than 5 million individuals.

The SBA will support veteran entrepreneurs with loan-guarantees, entrepreneurial training, and resources that are critical…

By C. Daniel Baker

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One Year after Superstorm Sandy, Many Small Businesses Aren't Prepared for the Next Disaster

SBA Offers Tips on Protecting Your Business This Hurricane Season

Weather expert offers 2013 Hurricane Season forecast webinar

Now is a good time to protect your employees, customers and business from the devastating…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA Creating Access and Opportunity for Women-Owned Small Businesses via ChallengeHER

SBA and ChallengeHER Partner for Women-Owned Small Businesses

The U.S. government awards nearly $100 billion in federal contracts to small businesses

The SBA is committed to providing access and removing barriers for small, minority, women-owned, and…

By C. Daniel Baker

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A Push to Open More Doors to More Dollars

The U.S. Small Business Administration is committed to increasing the number of small-dollar loans granted to start-up companies

The SBA and the Obama Administration have already taken unprecedented action to increase capital access…

By Marie Johns

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SBA Honors Nation's Top Small Businesses

SBA and AARP Team up to Promote Entrepreneurship Among Older Individuals

63 percent of Americans plan to work during retirement.

One in four individuals ages 44 to 70 is interested in becoming an entrepreneur

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SBA Announces 2013 National Small Business Week

Small Business Week returns to help business owners

National Small Business Week recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

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Advocacy Releases Annual Small Business Lending Report

Karen Mills to Step Down as Head of Small Business Administration

Mills came on as Head of the SBA during the financial meltdown of 2009

Exit comes as President Obama proposes merging the SBA with the Dept of Commerce &…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA offers new tools to educate Small Business on the Affordable Care Act

SBA Offers New Tools to Educate Small Businesses on Healthcare Law

New webpage and blog aims to explains new healthcare law

The SBA wants to help business owners find the special provisions in the Affordable…

By C. Daniel Baker

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SBA Introduces Online Marketplace for Federal Jobs and Contracts

RFP-EZ, is an exciting partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the White House’s Presidential Innovation Fellows.

RFP-EZ helps small businesses search for government jobs and contracts

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Small Business and The JOBS Act: One Year Later

Obama Signs Bill to Deliver More Government Contracts to Small Businesses

New provisions will help small businesses compete for more federal contracts

Number of small business contracts awarded will now figure into bonuses and promotions

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Small Business and The JOBS Act: One Year Later

ASBL Claims Obama Wants to “Dismantle the Small Business Administration”

The American Small Business League fears Obama is going phase out the SBA.

Obama will use the Fiscal Cliff crisis to dissolve the Small Business Association, says the…

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Get Out and Support Your Local Black Chamber of Commerce

Here's why black chambers may offer the best chance to find strength in numbers.

From lobbying government to opening new spigots of capital, black chambers offer a proactive, expansive…

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Robert Fitzgerald Receives SBA 2012 Virginia Minority Small Business Person of the Year Award

Robert Fitzgerald Receives Small Business Association Award

Fitzgerald was named "Virginia Minority Small Business Person of the Year"

Fitzgerald was named “Virginia Minority Small Business Person of the Year”

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Small Business Administration Ready to Assist Businesses Hit by Hurricane Sandy

SBA Ready to Assist Small Businesses Hit by Hurricane Sandy

Small Business Administration has loans and other assistance for small businesses hit by Hurricane Sandy.

The disaster assistance program provides low-interest emergency loans to homeowners, renters and non-farm small businesses.

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SBA sponsors program connecting inner city entrepreneurs to investors.

SBA Sponsors Program Connecting Inner City Entrepreneurs

SBA is attempting to connect inner-city businesses to capital.

SBA is attempting to connect inner-city businesses to capital.

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SBA and US Black Chamber Host Matchmaker

New partnership seeks to help black-owned small businesses to form joint ventures with big businesses and access federal contracting

New partnership seeks to help black-owned small businesses to form joint ventures with big businesses…

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Power Moves: 7 Ways You Can Profit From Our Entrepreneurs Conference

Nation's largest Black business event gives companies access to connections, contracts and capital

From newly-minted and established business owners to White House policymakers, attendees of our Black Enterprise…

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B.E. Exclusive: Interview with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner

In a one-on-one with the nation's CFO, BE Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle talked about putting America�s financial house in order

In our exclusive interview, BLACK ENTERPRISE Editor-In-Chief Derek T. Dingle talked with Geithner about the…

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How To Obtain SBA Certification

See how one small business owner secured millions in government contracts

Obtaining government certification as a minority-owned or disadvantaged business small business can be advantageous for…

By Renita Burns

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Get Money: 5 Things to Know About SBA Lending

Expert advice and resources for entrepreneurs who want to raise financing for their business

Todd Harrington is managing director and chief sales officer for CIT Group where he oversees…

By Alan Hughes

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Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol

Senate panel fast-tracks Johns' SBA nomination; Congress reconciles reform bills

The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship voted unanimously on Thursday to move the…

By Joyce Jones

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Poll: Show Me the Funding!

Tell us where you're finding the capital to sustain your business

Happy Small Business Week! As a small business owner/entrepreneur where have you found capital needed…

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Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol

Rand Paul backtracks on race comments; Small business bill advances

Fresh off his victory in Kentucky’s GOP Senate primary in which he defeated a mainstream…

By Joyce Jones

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Washington Report: Updates from Capitol Hill

Democrats ready for midterm elections; broadband assistance for small businesses

President Barack Obama and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine outlined this week the party’s…

By Joyce Jones

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Washington Report: Updates from Capitol Hill

CBC lawmakers vote against jobs bill, saying it falls short

When the House votes on the $15 billion Senate jobs bill later today, it may…

By Joyce Jones

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SBA Works to Strengthen Its 8(a) Program

Proposals set to open up access to more businesses

The Small Business Administration has conducted a comprehensive review of its 8(a) program and will…

By Joyce Jones

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Washington Report

Tax credits; healthcare; consumer protection

Homebuyers Tax Credit May Be Too Popular

In response to abuses and fraud uncovered by the…

By Joyce Jones

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Washington Report

House votes on student loans; CBCF Conference; Baucus presents health bill;SBA approves advocate

BlackEnterprise.com analyzes the week that was in Washington

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Q&A: Commerce Department’s Rick Wade

Commerce Department's Wade discusses advancing the Obama agenda

Black Enterprise Editor-In-Chief Derek T. Dingle sits down with the Commerce Department’s Rick Wade in…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Q&A: Commerce Secretary Gary Locke

Commerce secretary discusses the recovery and minority participation

Black Enterprise Editor-In-Chief Derek T. Dingle sits down with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke in an…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Q&A With MBDA’s David Hinson

MBDA national director discusses achieving parity for minority businesses

Black Enterprise Editor-In-Chief Derek T. Dingle sits down with Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) National…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Obama Congratulates SBA Award Winners

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much. Good afternoon, everybody.
AUDIENCE: Good afternoon.
THE…

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SBA Small Business Award Winners

Charles Baker
NATIONAL VETERAN CHAMPION
Charles M. Baker, President and CEO
MCB Lighting & Electrical and Government…

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Open Dialogue Vital in Helping Small Businesses Recover

Sen. Landrieu discusses SBA aid for minority businesses

Sen. Mary Landrieu discusses Louisiana’s current business landscape, what small businesses can expect from the…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing for SBA Chief

Mills faces rough waters at her agency

Karen Gordon Mills is sworn in at her Senate hearing. (Source: Senate)
As confirmation hearings go,…

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Day 56

During a White House event for small business owners and lenders, Obama expressed outrage over…

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Obama’s Remarks to Small Business Owners, Community Lenders, and Members of Congress

Transcript of Obama's Small Business Meeting

Remarks by the President to Small Business Owners, Community Lenders, and Members of Congress
President Barack…

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SBA Updates Lending Rules

New provisions to help small businesses during weak economy

The Small Business Administration announced it is changing two aspects of its lending programs that…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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FAR-Reaching Bailout

More and more people are starting to understand why approving the $700 billion Emergency Economic…

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Small Business on Capitol Hill

Senate committee addresses hurdles faced by underserved entrepreneurs

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who chairs the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, held…

By Joyce Jones

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To Franchise or Not to Franchise

Is your business ready to take the next step?

Today’s tough economic environment has created heightened interest in an alternative to traditional small business…

By Zakiyyah El-Amin

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A Whopper of a Franchise

C.H. James & Co. expands Burger King restaurant business unit

Charles H. “Chuck” James III continues to reposition his family-owned company into the quick-service restaurant…

By Cliff Hocker

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Small Business: Candidates On the Record

Clues show where these firms stand with presidential hopefuls

On the presidential campaign trail, Sens. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John McCain have all…

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Capital Crunch for Black Businesses

Fed report reveals tightened lending standards for smaller firms

A Federal Reserve report released this week underscores the increasing difficulty that small business owners…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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National Small Business Week Kicks Off

SBA celebrates 45th year of event

Entrepreneurs around the nation are marking their calendars for April 21-25, officially National Small Business…

By Ann Brown

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SCORE Free Online

Agency expands online resources to help minority entrepreneurs succeed

Anyone who wants to start or improve a small business venture has come to know…

By Nadirah Z. Sabir

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