On Wednesday, March 30, 2011, Georgia businesses will have a chance to meet with leaders from the Small Business Administration (SBA), give input on new regulations, and learn how you can take advantage of new tools coming out of the Small Business Jobs Act (click here for fact sheet).
At this event you can learn more about:
- getting an SBA loan
- competing for federal contracts
- finding training and counseling resources
- starting or increasing exports
This event will be held at the Loudermilk Center, 40 Courtland Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30303, starting at 9:30 am.
Space is limited. To register, go to: http://events.sba.gov/eventmanagement/eventlisting.aspx?state=GA.
Breakout sessions will be held on six topics, including:
1. Small Business Jobs Act Provisions Affecting Small Business Participation in Government Contracting
- SBA’s Office of Government Contracting and Business Development will take general comments on key contracting provisions, including:
- multiple-award contract set-asides
- contract bundling accountability
- consolidation of contracts requirements
- subcontracting; plan improvements, misrepresentations, and timeliness of payment
- mentor-protégé programs for women-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, and HUBZone businesses
- presumption of loss to the federal government and willful misrepresentation of size and status by business owners
- annual certification of size requirement
2. Opportunities in Accessing Capital
- SBA’s Office of Capital Access will discuss opportunities to accessing capital, and how SBA loan programs (including new Jobs Act tools) can help.
3. New SBA Loan Programs
- SBA’s Office of Capital Access will discuss major new lending initiatives, including Advantage loans, 504 re-financing, the Dealer Floor Plan pilot, and more.
4. Investing in Counseling and Training Services to Support the Growth of Small Businesses
- SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development will discuss the Jobs Act’s support for your local Small Business Development Center and other resources to provide free counseling and training in areas such as exporting.
5. Expanding Exporting Opportunities for Small Businesses
- SBA’s Office of International Trade will discuss new exporting tools such as increased loan sizes, the Export Express program, and state-level STEP grants made possible by the Jobs Act as well as new efforts under the National Export Initiative to double exports over the next five years.
6. Lender Roundtable (for Prospective and Current SBA Lenders)
- SBA’s Office of Capital Access will discuss new efforts to simplify and streamline loan programs and requirements, while also enhancing customer service in areas such as lending policy, processing, and oversight operations.