Ascent Strategic Marketing for Women Entrepreneurs 'Virtual Book Club'
Check out SBA’s brand new Ascent platform! We’ll be working our way through Journey #2, Strategic Marketing, book club style! This journey is a multi-media exploration of the marketing process from identifying your customers to developing a pricing strategy to testing your market! You’ll take each section at your own pace during the week, then we’ll come together to reflect on what you learned, provide insight, and gain perspective from others. We’ll even have a few experts stop by. This is a great chance to engage with other women-owned businesses. By the end of the 8 weeks, you’ll have the techniques, strategies, and tactics to stand out from the competition!
Ascent is a free online learning platform from the SBA. Create an account here: https://ascent.sba.gov/
- Feb 25th: Kick-Off call
- March 4th: Customer Need
- March 11th: Market Information
- March 18th: Competition
- March 25: Customer Experience
- Apr 1st: Pricing Strategy
- Apr 8th: Marketing Plan
- Apr 15th: Market Testing
1st Annual Women Veterans Small Business Summit
March 31, 2021 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM
In celebration of Women’s History Month, VA and U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce virtually presents Veterans Affairs Women-Owned Business Outreach.
This actions packed virtual event boast:
- VA agency and large prime briefs
Networking with VA Large Prime Contractors
Roundtable Virtual Matchmaking with VA and their large prime contractors.
March 13 & March 27, 2021
8:00 AM- 12 PM (CST)
New ideas and innovations are critical, but taking action is even more important. The SLUStart I-Corps program, underwritten by the National Science Foundation, provides a free collaborative environment for you and your team to push and test your ideas using customer discovery to refine your thinking and to validate your concept. This program will guide you through a proven method to recognize market needs and understand the value of your products or services. You will end up with an actionable business model. Your first step will be to sign up for the SLUStart I-Corps program.
The first online session for this Cohort will take place on Saturday, March 13th using Zoom from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. The second session will be held on March 27th (same time). In between these sessions, your team will complete a minimum of 5 customer discovery sessions. Due to the social distancing requirement, we expect that all interview sessions will utilize a video conference or phone call.
If you are not able to attend the first session, we will notify you when we schedule the next cohort. By filling out the application you will automatically be included in all announcements of future sessions.
The application process for Walmart’s eighth annual Open Call is now open, and the company invites entrepreneurs dreaming of landing their products on Walmart shelves and online to apply for the opportunity to meet with Walmart buyers on June 30, 2021, via virtual pitch meetings.
The deadline to apply for participation in this year’s Open Call for products made, grown or assembled in the United States is April 30. The application and additional information about the event are available via this link.
The June 30 virtual event will include one-on-one pitch meetings with Walmart merchants, participants will have an opportunity to hear directly from Walmart executives at the hour-long kickoff of the event. Smaller breakout sessions will be available throughout the day where suppliers can learn more on valuable topics and about resources available to them.
Apply for Open Call today by visiting Walmart-jump.com. And you can join the conversation on your social media channels by using #WalmartOpenCall.
Take Point Scholarships: Veterans and Military Spouse
FOCUS Women in Leadership
The FOCUS Women in Leadership (WIL) program is a three-month, part-time training program that provides women the opportunity to refine their personal, professional, and civic leadership competencies, learn about the St. Louis community and connect with other women from diverse backgrounds.
Deadline to Apply: July 17, 2021.
Designed for young professionals ages 22-35, the Emerging Leaders program offers the opportunity to strengthen your personal, professional, and civic leadership skills, gain a deeper understanding of the inner workings of the St. Louis region and build connections with a diverse network of peers.
Deadline to Apply: July 17, 2021.
Get your veteran-owned business on TV!
March 31, 2021
8:15 AM- 2 PM (CST)
Qurate Retail Group and NRF Foundation have announced their Small Business Spotlight program. As part of the program, QVC US, HSN, and Zulily will feature small businesses of diverse backgrounds throughout 2021 – including veteran-owned businesses during National Military Appreciation Month in May. All selected businesses will be profiled on QVC.com and HSN.com and receive PR support.
To qualify, a business must meet the program’s eligibility requirements, including:
- Employing 100 or fewer workers
- Being 51 percent owned by an entrepreneur of a diverse background,
- Having an eCommerce capability for selling products (rather than service-based companies) and social media presence.
In addition: Businesses selected for on-air exposure will be featured in several 2-4-minute live segments on QVC and HSN, with the repackaged video also shared on QVC’s and HSN’s social pages and streaming service. These businesses will also have an opportunity to participate in a virtual mentorship program with Qurate Retail Group team members. Businesses selected for digital exposure will receive social tools and resources to promote their participation. The Small Business Spotlight will also be amplified on Zulily’s digital channels.
More details on eligibility and criteria, as well as the application, are available here. Please note: The deadline is approaching quickly and all applications are due March 31, 2021. Please be sure to mention “SBA” as your referral source for tracking purposes.
As a heads up, QVC will also be running a campaign for National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October, so applicants should consider indicating their service-disabled veteran-owned small business status as part of the application for further consideration.
News and Updates
Disaster Relief Updates
COVID- 19 Business Resources
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant SAM.gov Video Tutorial
Are you interested in applying for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant? Watch the video below.
Targeted EIDL Advance Mapping Tool
Determine if your business is located in a low-income community as defined in section 45D(e) of the Internal Revenue Code: https://sbaeidl.policymap.com/app
Business Loan Program Temporary Changes
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
- Long-term direct loan program from the SBA
- Used to meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred.
- Provides up to six months of working capital.
- Loan Terms: 3.75% APR (fixed): businesses 2.75% APR (fixed); non-profits over 30 years
- Collateral rtequired for loans over $25,000
- Loans made through nearly 5,500 lenders across the country
- Designed to provide an incentive for small businesses to keep workers on the payroll.
- Loan Terms: 1% over 2 years or 5 years, depending on when the loan was approved
- No collateral required
The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program is Section 324 of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act (Economic Aid Act) signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020, and was part of H.R. 133 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.
Shuttered Veneus Grant:
- Eligible entities may be live venue operators or promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organization operators, museum operators, motion picture theatre operators, and talent representatives, per the Economic Aid Act. Additionally, entities of these types owned by state or local governments (for example, museums or historic homes) are eligible to apply if the governmentally-owned entity also acts solely as a venue operator, museum, etc.
PPP (Round 2)
- The business was operational before February 15, 2020 and is still operational
- The business has fewer than 300 employees (per location)
- The business has seen a 25% or greater reduction in gross revenue
- Businesses with 500 or fewer employees
- Cooperatives with 500 or fewer employees
- Agricultural enterprises with 500 or fewer employees
- Most private nonprofits •
- Faith-based organizations
- Sole proprietorships and independent contractors
Over the last year, we have grown our team. With all our new editions it’s time for us to move to a new office! Don’t worry, we aren’t going too far! We are moving our headquarters right across the street! Stay tuned for updates and find out how you can join us at our socially distanced Open House!
Classes and Trainings
Entrepreneurship Bootcamp For Veterans (EBV)
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) national program is a novel, one-of-a-kind initiative designed to leverage the skills, resources and infrastructure of higher education to offer cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with a passion for entrepreneurship. The aim of the program is to open the door to economic opportunity for our veterans by developing their competencies in creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture.
National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP)
The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen, members of the coast guard, and marines disabled as a result of their service.
Phase One-Online Pre-Course
January 18- February 20, 2021
Phase Two-Residence Program
February 20 - April 25, 2021
Phase Three-Advising & Venture Development
June 1- October 31, 2021
Veterans Entrepreneurship Training Level I (VET-I)
Training for US military service member, veteran, or spouse of either, and looking to transition into entrepreneurship or grow your already existing early-stage business. Hands-on weekly classes bring founders of game-changing companies and subject matter experts to give you essential information about customer channels, business models, legal and accounting necessities, and more. By the end of 12 weeks, you will have the knowledge and skills necessary to create a solid, sustainable venture from the ground up.
VET participants also get access to Veterans Future Lab programming during the program and for three months post completion. Graduates will be eligible to enroll in the upcoming VET-II program.
This conference provides an opportunity for Nebraska businesses to meet with government agencies to pitch their products or services. Attendees can expect to meet face to face with federal buyers and prime contractors to learn about upcoming projects and business opportunities, network with buyers, primes and potential partners, find out if your products, services and qualifications are of interest to a federal agency or prime, learn how to increase business sales through gov contracting and how to improve the success of your proposals, and learn about free consulting and market research services that will help you sell to the government.
UNO College of Business Administration
6708 Pine St
Omaha, NE 68106
Questions: Catherine Walsh 402-554-6270 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Record keeping ranges from simple manila folder filing systems to complex on-line electronic systems. Whether simple or complex, a record system must be easy to use and provide adequate storage and retrieval of records. After this training, you will be able to explain the concept of record keeping and why it’s important, identify record keeping practices, rules and tools which are commonly available, and explain record keeping basics for small business.
17807 Burke Street
Omaha, NE 68118
This workshop tells you what you need to know about building a website. Every business needs one! In this workshop, you’ll learn the two components to a website: the domain name and website hosting. You’ll also learn about the different design tools that are available, how to optimize your website for search engines and more! This is a high-level overview of basic website info with an intro portion and a look at several design tools: WordPress, SquareSpace and a hosting company website builder.
7205 Dodge St
Omaha, NE 68114
Quality Financial Management offers many benefits to you as a business owner. If your business growth requires financing, financial management provides the info to know how much you can afford for your business. It gives you the documentation you need for a loan application, and helps you discuss your business circumstances with a lender in terms that improve your ability to qualify for a loan. In this workshop you’ll learn the essentials of financial management, apply these practices, rules and tools that are most relevant for small business, and prepare for common business financing needs like start up financing, working capital, and fixed asset loans.
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce
808 Conagra Drive, Suite 400
Omaha, NE 68102
Join an instructor from SCORE Omaha for an evening workshop on QuickBooks, a popular accounting software for small businesses. The workshop will focus on the most basic functions of QuickBooks, including how to create invoices, pay bills and manage your checkbook with QuickBooks software. Attendees do not need to bring QuickBooks software or their laptops.
7205 Dodge St
Questions: SCORE – 402-221-3606, email@example.com
Register: https://calendar.dospace.org/event/6341661 (reg opens March 2nd)
Score LIVE Webinars December
Mar 10: Why Diversity and Inclusion Need to Be Small Business Priorities
Mar 12: Actionable Lead Generation and Nurturing Strategies for Entrepreneurs
Mar 19: Understanding Cash Flow – A Critical Component to the Life of Your Business
Mar 24: Business Succession Planning – Making It a Seamless Transition
Note: All webinars are recorded – https://www.score.org/recorded-webinars
NEF: 1 Day Quickbook Training with Benefits 8:30-4:30om
Date/ Time: December 11, 2020 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM - Omaha, NE
NEF is hosting QuickBooks Training for potential clients that did not receive a PPP or SBA EIDL. This program will be customized to meet the needs of small business owners, entrepreneurs & start-ups. The content will include 1 day of training on business set up and system functions, including customer, employee, vendor, writing checks & paying bills, invoicing & receiving payments, payroll & more! A laptop w software will be provided for participants to utilize during the class. Includes lunch $15 (includes lunch).
NEF: 1 Day Quickbook Training with Benefits
Date/ Time: December 12, 2020 9:00 AM -4:30 PM- Omaha, NE
This is a 1-day quickbooks training where you’ll learn basic quickbooks, get one-on-one training setting up your business on quickbooks, clients or customers, products and/or services. A laptop with the software loaded will be provided for your use during the workshop. Register Here
Take the next steps?
Do you have a business idea? Are you ready to grow your already established Veteran business?
The first step is to Request Counseling so that we can assist you. We will take it from there. Our counselors are skilled at getting you from point A to B. Your unit has not left you!