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Veterans Make Big Economic Impact

National Veteran's Week

As a veteran, the celebration of Veteran’s Day is near and dear to my heart. Veteran’s Day also reminds me of the many veterans using their military and leadership skills to serve their communities through entrepreneurship and job creation. We just celebrated National Veterans Small Business Week, a reminder that veteran entrepreneurs are a driving force in our economy. Nearly one in every 10 American businesses today is owned by…

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Veterans Symposium Focuses on Entrepreneur Training

National Small Business Week 2017

Multiple sessions offered throughout day to aid veterans In honor of National Veterans Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office is hosting a series of entrepreneur training focused on veterans business development skills Nov. 3. The Veterans Opportunity Symposium, held in collaboration with the UTRGV Veterans Business Outreach Center, includes multiple sessions and panels from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Schedule for the…

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Six Ways to Prepare for a Successful Holiday Season

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Guess what people are doing right now? They’re starting their holiday shopping. They may not be decking the halls yet, but 17 percent of shoppers surveyed by the National Retail Federation said they start researching holiday purchases before September, while eight percent reported making purchases before the start of autumn. That holiday mentality holds steady in September before rocketing up in October and November. Customers are looking ahead, and your small business needs to…

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Free Export Webinar Focuses on Minority Business Enterprises

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SBA webinar takes place Sept. 19 The U.S Small Business Administration hosts a free webinar on taking your business global Sept. 19. SBA Senior Export Project Manager Alberto Rodriguez-Baez will discuss the San Antonio Minority Business Development Agency Export Center. The center provides technical assistance and business development services to generate increased financing, contract opportunities, and greater access to new and global markets for minority business enterprises. The AT&T Connect…

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Brothers Credit SBA Programs with Growth

Federal programs and contracts pay off Brothers Samuel and Saul Maldonado founded SAM Engineering & Surveying Inc. in June 2008 with only three employees and yearly sales of $400,000. Today, the firm has grown to 55 employees with sales in excess of $4 million.  The brothers attribute part of their success with assistance provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Starting initially as an engineering and surveying firm, SAMES added…

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Corporate Social Responsibility

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What Your Small Business Needs to Know Ever wish your small business could do more for the community? Maybe you volunteer as a group or have a favorite cause, but you want to take that work a step further. A corporate social responsibility (CSR) program could be what your company needs to work toward a community mission alongside your business mission. These programs are increasingly becoming a staple of business transparency efforts; many…

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Get Plugged In As a Government Contractor

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Are you looking for the next step in growing your business?  The U.S. government is the largest single purchaser of goods and services in the world, awarding approximately $500 billion in contracts every year.  In August’s session, the SBA will provide you the insight to how contracting can be a critical tool for both growing your business and increasing your bottom line. The U.S. Small Business Administration has organized a series of eight Friday Informational Workshops…

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Disaster Assistance … The SBA You Never Knew

What used to be a family home is now splintered debris after being beat by strong winds. An office building or retail store that serves as a source of sales and income for several workers is now unusable and unprofitable in the blink of an eye. Who do you call? Helping communities recover and rebuild after hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and other disasters is a side of the U.S. Small Business…

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Boots to Business Reboot in Harlingen

Veterans receive entrepreneurial training Veterans of all eras and their spouses are invited to Boots to Business Reboot June 29-30 at the SBA office in Harlingen. The free two-day entrepreneur training is for all service-members, including members of the National Guard and Reserves. The training program provides an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, as well as an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan.…

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