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Developing Your Business with SBA

Houston District Office BOS Newsletter Brought to you by the U.S. Small Business Administration Plan Your Success in Government Contracting SBA Amended Regulations Enhance Opportunities for Small Business On May 31st, SBA published multiple changes to its small business contracting rules which should increase opportunities for small business prime contractors to partner with other businesses while preserving their status as eligible small business concerns. This Final Rule, “Small Business Government Contracting and National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 Amendments”, becomes effective on June 30, 2016. Contractors, subcontractors, and joint-venture participants should become familiar with the changes so that they may properly apply the new requirements to upcoming procurements on...

SBA Launches Main Street Road Tour

Marketing Tips for the Summer Olympics SBA will launch its first Main Street Road Tour to elevate the discussion on the impact of main street small businesses across the nation. The inaugural Main Street Road Tour launches in the Delta Region with stops from Missouri on Monday, July 4th to Louisiana on Friday, July 8th. > Learn More Are You Prepared For Disaster? Download the FEMA App Available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry mobile devices. Receive severe weather alerts  Upload and share photos of damage and recovery efforts Locate and receive driving directions to open shelters and disaster recovery centers Apply for assistance Save a custom list of your family’s...

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Happy Birthday 2016

To the greatest countries in the world: happy birthday America Office In America Co. is proud to celebrate the birth date of America and would like to participate in its celebration. Our offices are closed on Monday, 2016 July 04 and will resume on Tuesday, 2016 July 05. Enjoy your long weekend and be safe. Your business possible, ...

Government Contracting Training

NO COST CONTRACTING WORKSHOP LIVE Online Government Contracting Training Marketing to the Government Buyer July 11, 2016 - 1:00—4:00 pm EDT  Capture Management July 12, 2016 - 1:00—4:00 pm EDT  Using E-Commerce to Generate Federal Business Opportunities July 13, 2016 - 1:00—4:00 pm EDT    Developing and Managing Contractor Teams July 14, 2016 - 1:00—3:00 pm EDT  Strategic Planning for Small Business July 14, 2016 - 3:30—4:30 pm EDT Understanding RFPs July 18, 2016 - 1:00—3:30 pm EDT  Federal Contracting Basics July 19, 2016 - 1:00—4:00 pm EDT Developing Technical and Past Performance Responses to RFPs July 20, 2016 - 1:00—4:00 pm EDT   Developing Pricing and the Cost Proposal July 21, 2016 - 1:00—4:00 pm EDT Government Contracting Vehicles July 25, 2016 - 1:00—3:00 pm EDT How to Qualify for the GSA Schedule July 25, 2016 - 3:30—5:00 pm EDT Managing...

Lunch & Learn + Free Business Showcase

Free Coworking + Lunch & Learn + Business Showcase Join us for Five Tools to Grow Your Small Business conducted by David Chaumette. David Chaumette has spent more than two decades helping businesses overcome their challenges across numerous industries. A recognized thought leader on the management of electronic data, including issues related to social media. Mr. Chaumette has been quoted in numerous media outlets, ranging from The Houston Chronicle and KUHF-FM to ESPN.com and TMZ. 1 - 5 pm:  Free Business Showcase Area businesses are invited to showcase their products and services. Come and support your local businesses! Bring friends to co-work together! When: Friday, July 1, 2016 9 am - 5 pm Noon - 1 pm:  Lunch & Learn  Where: 2500 Yale St, Houston, TX  Lunch will...

Learn About Federal Contracting

Federal Contracting Basics Would You Like to know about Federal Contracting? Join the SBA Houston District Office Business Opportunity Specialists for a webinar about Federal Contracting Basics.  Register for this webinar to find out about federal contracting and the many tools available to help small businesses build and successfully compete in the federal sector. You Will Learn: > Overview of Federal Contracting and the Federal Government market. > How to apply for Federal Contracting Opportunities. When: Thursday, July 7, 2016 10:00 a.m – 11:00 a.m. (Central Standard Time) SBA offers a variety of programs and services. Understanding how SBA works is the first step towards receiving assistance. Whether you are just getting started or...

Texas Restaurant Association Marketplace Expo

Join the SBA Houston District Office at the Texas Restaurant Association Marketplace Expo. Come by the SBA booth and receive information about starting or expanding your business.  The SBA staff will be available to answer any and all questions about our programs and services. When: June 26-27, 2016 10:30am - 5:00pm Where: George R. Brown Convention Center 1001 Avenida de Las Americas Houston, TX 77010 To register and for more information click the registration link: SBA offers a variety of programs and services. Understanding how SBA works is the first step towards receiving assistance. Whether you are just getting started or you are an existing business ready to expand, you will learn about our loan programs...

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Art Sound Off Vendor Table Overview and Pricing

The Art Sound Off is an art competition, free to the public, among creative artists battling it out to a DJ spinning tunes. We are anticipating 100 attendees of art enthusiast and local professionals. With that being said, at the rate of our Eventbrite ticket sales, we believe we will far exceed our anticipated attendance. As a vendor, you will have to ability to market, test, and sell your products during the event. We believe the intimate and festive setting will be a great opportunity for you to interact with attendees and truly highlight your brand to existing and potentially new customers. The purpose of...

Free Small Business Workshops

Affordable Care Act & Your Business Session The SBA in coordination with partners in the community will host an informational session on the: Affordable Care Act: How ACA Affects your Small Business. Featuring Project Amistad and Cognosante. Please Join Us! When: June 28, 2016 @ 2:30 – 4:30 PM Where: El Paso Public Library Esperanza Acosta Moreno Branch 12480 Pebble Hills El Paso TX 79938 RSVP:      Savannah Wilburn (915) 834-4601 Savannah.Wilburn@sba.gov *Bilingual option is available upon request For a list of current events, please visit our district office webpage at: http://www.sba.gov/tx/elpaso Richard Branson: Don't promise what you can't deliver and deliver everything you promise Office In America Co.: Bring possibilities to your business.We are your business service provider in corporate address, office space, co-working space, personal assistant, mail...

Marketing 101 | Active Shooter Preparedness

Active Shooter Preparedness Learn How to Market Your Business with SBA Resources How to Set a Marketing Budget 10 Essentials of A Marketing Plan 4 Ways to Upgrade Your Marketing Efforts Marketing 101: A Guide to Winning Customers This course is designed to provide a basic overview of marketing. It is a practical program with real-world examples and helpful tips. The course is directed to small business owners who are interested in reaching a broader customer base. Active Shooter Preparedness Resources for Your Small Business The tragic events in Orlando are a reminder that small businesses are not immune from violence. The US Department of Homeland Security offers free courses,...

Legal Issues Facing a Small Business and Funding Panel

Legal Issues What Business Owners Need to Know When Starting or Expanding a Business The workshop is specially developed for entrepreneurs starting a new business or planning to grow their business. The three primary considerations are: (a) Choosing a legal business structure, (b) understanding government rules and regulations (including copyright/trademark), and, (c) buying business insurance. Presenter: Rita Leader, SCORE Mentor and retired Corporate Attorney Contact: Lalitha Raman lraman611@yahoo.com 713-773-6565 Rita is an attorney who has practiced corporate law for over 26 years representing individual entrepreneurs, small corporations, large publicly held corporations and venture capitalists. She specializes in the field of corporate finance and securities, while providing general business representation to her clients. When: Saturday June 18, 2016 10:30 AM-12:300 PM Registration: 10:00 AM Where: Kingwood...

Selling Techniques for Small Business

Selling Techniques for Small Business Selling is a numbers game.  The more you are in front of buyers the more sales you will close.  Before you do anything, there are a few things you need to know-selling yourself, knowing your product, knowing the competition and learning how to target your potential customers.  This workshop will teach you how to: Get in the position to sell Prepare for the sales call Have the best approach Construct the body of your presentation Deal with objections Close the deal and so much more! When: Friday, June 17, 2016 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Where: Small Business Administration 2422 E. Tyler St., Ste. E. Harlingen, Texas 78550 Seating...

4 Ways to Market Your Business This Father’s Day

4 Ways to Market Your Business This Father’s Day 5 Ways to Establish Credit for Your Business https://www.youtube.com/watch?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery&v=tFyd0H0tpes The United State of Women Summit Join the SBA and many others via live stream for the first ever The United State of Women Summit on Tuesday, June 14. The Summit will focus on a variety of topics including entrepreneurship and innovation. Learn more Watch live on June 14 15 Minute Fastcast: The 5 Steps to Better Sales Performance A giant gap exists between the highest performing sales reps and everyone else. Join the SBA and Salesforce on Thursday, June 16 for a 15-minute fastcast webinar with actionable tips on how can you ensure all...

The 8(a) Business Development Program

Enhancing Your Federal Procurement Marketing: The 8(a) Business Development Program Would you like to participate in the 8(a) Program? Join Easter Wright, Business Opportunity Specialist at SBA Houston Office, for a webinar reviewing participation in the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program. Register for this webinar to find out about the Federal Certification Program and the many tools available to help small businesses build and successfully compete in the federal sector. You Will Learn: 1. About the 8(a) Business Development Program. 2. Eligibility Requirements for the Program. 3. How to Apply for the Program. When: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 10:00 a.m – 11:00 a.m. (Central Standard Time) SBA offers a variety of programs and services. Understanding...

Could your business use more customers?

Leverage Your Resources in the Export Arena It's Time To Explore Exporting Opportunities The 2016 National Small Business Association survey indicates that two-thirds of small business exporters are concerned with getting paid. Consequently, 66% of small business exporters ship on full payment in advance and 44% ship on 30 day terms.  The global market is constantly changing and so must you to remain competitive. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers viable solutions to your known and unknown concerns. Join us and learn about it!!! The SBA will present  "Leverage your Resources in the Export Arena", a seminar sponsored by BB&T Bank and hosted by the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, June...