Helpful tips from the SBA

New Year, New Hires – Growing Your Business With New Employees

If the new year could mean new hires for your small business, there’s a lot to think about. Here’s some insight to consider from SBA’s Learning Center Series, “Strategies for Growth.” Experts have shared some lessons they’ve learned that can help you develop a plan for expanding your team.

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Starting a Business in the New Year?

If you are starting a business in the new year, you’ll need a business plan. However, finding the time to write one can be difficult. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Write your business plan using the SBA’s business plan tool which guides you through the process.

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Disaster Preparedness Webinar: Best Practices and Lessons Learned | January 14

Join SBA and Agility Recovery for a webinar of best practices and lessons learned from the dramatic events and disasters of 2013. Gain insight about business continuity and disaster recovery strategy along with steps and tools your organization needs in order to be prepared.

> Register now | January 14, 2pm ET


TIP: Preparedness is key to averting disasters. Don’t get caught off guard, and let BusinessUSA’s disaster assistance tool help your business prepare for, as well as recover from, any number of disasters.


 Webinar Series: How to Navigate the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program

Did you know SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program is designed to help small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the federal marketplace and it also offers executive level business training that helps to keep small businesses competitive?

Join Darryl Hairston, Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of Business Development as he walks you through the 8(a) program in a series of two free webinars in January.

  • Not Just Contracts: The SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program | January 15, 2 pm ET | Register now  
  •  Top Reasons Why SBA Returns and Declines an 8(a) Application | January 22, 2 pm ET | Register now

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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 being accepted online at National Small Business Week will be celebrated May 12-16, 2014.

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