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May 4th, 2022
The California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), operating under a prime contract with NASA, is reviewing options to find Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and/or Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Joint Ventures or Teams led by a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business that can provide network engineering, information systems development, end-user services, network operations, system administration, telecommunications and cyber security support.
More Information: Here Under: Upcoming Project Requirements.
Title: Information Technology Infrastructure Support (ITISS) and Telecommunications
Requirement Release Date: April 4th, 2022
Targeted Response Date: May 4th, 2022
JPL is interested in parties with past experience in similar endeavors with JPL, NASA, DoD, or other federal agencies. Please provide your interest to said requirement with a capabilities statement/presentation attached to the below email, highlighting your past performance on similar projects.
For submittals and/or questions, please send an E-Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
JPL is a federally funded research and development center staffed and managed for NASA by the California Institute of Technology.
DISCLAIMER: There is no commitment or guarantee on the part of JPL to move forward with a Request for Information (RFI) or Request for Proposal (RFP) at this time.
SLUStart I- Corps
May 2022 Cohort: Accepting Applications
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 allows you to refine your idea, discovery what problems to focus on and what your customers value. You will end up with an actionable business model.
By participating in SLUStart I-Corps you can get help pursuing your innovation or new venture concept and possibly qualify for up to $50,000 in non-dilutive financial support in the national NSF program and $2,000 locally.
1st Step: Submit your SLUStart application>
The first online session for this Cohort will take place on Saturday, May 7th using Zoom from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. The second session will be held on May 21st (same time). In between these sessions, your team will complete a minimum of 5 customer discovery sessions.
St. Louis City - Small Business Grant Fund
State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) small business grant program is providing $5,000 grants to small businesses that have been adversely impacted by COVID-19. There will be two in-person application assistance events for business owners who may not have access to the online application. These events will be limited to the first 120 participants each session. Events will be held on April 4th and 6th at the following locations:
Applicants are highly encouraged to apply by April 20th.
Virtual Boots to Business Reboot
April 26th, 2022
This is your chance to explore what it takes to be an entrepreneur and stand with the growing number of small business owners! Join us along with our highly decorated guest presenters and learn how to put your small business ownership dreams into action!
Topics will include:
What is Entrepreneurship?
Idea vs. Business Opportunity?
Customers and Industry
The Economics of Small Business
Selecting the Correct Legal Structure
Financing Your Venture
SBA Resources for You
Nebraska Meet The Buyers Conference
April 19th- 20th, 2022
Join the NBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) for our Annual Meet the Buyers Conference!
Conference will be held at the Thompson Alumni Center at 6705 Dodge. St., Omaha, NE 68182
Meet the Buyers is an experience where businesses can learn directly from State/Local and Federal government agencies about how they do business AND can network their products/services directly to contracting officers and other decision-makers in the contracting world.
April 19th – Training and Prep Workshops (VIRTUAL ONLY) – Free
9:00-10:00: Capability Statements
10:00-11:30: Market Research Workshop
12:30-1:30: Davis-Bacon Act and Service Contract Act
1:45-2:45: Proposal Writing With GSA
2:45-3:45: Panel: Breaking into Government Contracting as a Small Business
April 20th – Meet the Buyers Conference (IN-PERSON ONLY) – $50
8:00-9:00: Check-In, Coffee, and Contacts (Breakfast provided)
9:00-11:30: Agency Presentations
11:30-12:30: Lunch (Provided)
- Union Pacific
- University of Nebraska Procurement
- General Services Administration (GSA) – Building Maintenance & Operations
- Offutt Air Force Base
- City of Omaha/Douglas County Purchasing
- Nebraska National Guard
- Small Business Administration (SBA)
- Nebraska Indian Community College PTAC
AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!
For more information, please contact Daniel Kuchar at email@example.com or call 402-554-6270.
We look forward to seeing you at the conference!
News and Updates
Disaster Relief Updates
COVID- 19 Business Resources
PPP Loan Forgivness
A borrower can apply for forgiveness once all loan proceeds for which the borrower is requesting forgiveness have been used. Borrowers can apply for forgiveness any time up to the maturity date of the loan. More information Here
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
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
Are you a self-certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)? Have you considered becoming certified through the VA? Do you need to renew your SDVOSB certifications in 2022 or 2023?
The SBA and VA continue to work together to transfer the VA’s Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) function to the SBA by January 1, 2023. We encourage all veteran-owned businesses that are self-certified, considering certification, or have SDVOSB certification renewals coming up to complete the verification process through the VA before the transfer takes place. We expect a large influx of applications following the transfer in January 2023. To start this process visit: https://vetbiz.va.gov/vip/.
Self-certified SDVOSBs that do not apply through the VA now will receive a one-year grace period following the transfer. Applicants during this period will maintain eligibility until SBA reviews the application.
If you are interested in learning more about this upcoming transfer, please visit: https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/veteran-assistance-programs. This website contains resources to learn about veteran assistance programs, contracting opportunities, and what this transfer means for your business. We recommend visiting the site, bookmarking it, and checking back occasionally for more news.
VetBiz stands prepared to assist you in your small business. We can connect to resources specifically for SDVOSB certifications and government contracting. To have a conversation with our expert consulting team, contact us today!
ST. LOUIS (May 3, 2021) – VetBiz, formerly the Veterans Business Resource Center, is relocating to adjacent and larger offices in the Curlee Building, 611 N. 10th St. in St. Louis as part of its Forward 15 Celebration.
The nonprofit organization will hold an in-person open house to showcase its new space on May 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A ribbon-cutting with St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones will be live-streamed for viewing on Facebook and the VetBiz website at https://vetbiz.com/news/openhouse/
Additional dignitaries attending the ceremony are Maureen Brinkley, Director of the St. Louis District of the Small Business Administration; and Veteran Business Advocate Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, William ‘Bill’ Elmore.
VetBiz invites anyone interested in a tour of the newly renovated office space to schedule a time to visit on Monday, May 24. To schedule a tour, here
“Our move to larger offices will prepare us for our next 15 years of training service members and their families to open or grow their businesses. The expansion is part of our Forward 15 Celebration of our first 15 years in operation and will ensure that the VBRC continues to meet its mission of providing world-class entrepreneurship education and counsel,” Darcella Craven, president (and chief fear conqueror) of VetBiz, said.
The Forward 15 Celebration is a fundraising and sustainability campaign that seeks to keep VetBiz’s business training services free and available to any current or former service member or family members.
St. Louis (May 2021) – VetBiz, the nation’s first center assisting military Veteran entrepreneurs, was awarded a grant of $485,000 a year for two additional option years to continue administrative functions in support of the entrepreneurial training and counseling programs conducted by the Center. VetBiz, which will celebrate its 17th anniversary on June 7, has worked tirelessly to continue operating and serving veteran, military and military family business owners in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and southern Illinois. This funding is in the form of a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration, Office of Veterans Business Development. The Center has won this very competitive government award for the last 13 years. The Center provides individually tailored advice, training, seminars, and an annual summit for Veterans and military families who wish to start a company or scale a current venture.
“We are grateful for the unwavering support in this region. From the advocacy for veterans of our congressional representatives to the collaborative partnerships with other entrepreneurship support agencies we are excited to continue our mission.” Said VetBiz President and Chief Fear Conqueror Darcella Craven. “Over 65 volunteers in the area have helped us to serve the men and women who have fought for this country when they return home.”
“It has been an honor to participate in the entrepreneurship journey of veterans and their families.”, said VetBiz Board Vice Chair Brian Sexton. “As a small business owner, I understand their pain, their excitement and the commitment it takes. Having VetBiz available to them to help makes all the difference.”
VetBiz has supplied group entrepreneurship training, seminars, webinars and individual counseling to more than 40,000 Veterans, military and family members at no charge over the last thirteen years. The Center implements the Boots to Business (B2B) on 7 military post in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and southern Illinois. Boots to Business is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP). B2B provides participants with an overview of business ownership and is open to transitioning service members (including National Guard and Reserve) and their spouses.
The organization can now concentrate on raising funds from the community to expand the services and programmatic tools offered. “With our small staff, we enjoy an excellent reputation with veterans as business building experts and have wonderful relationships with area companies as a fiscally responsible nonprofit.” explains Josh Frank, VetBiz Chair. “As mentioned, this core funding is specifically for administrative functions. It is imperative that we continue to receive local sponsorship and donations to maintain our outreach programs, offer seminars and travel to those veterans who are unable to get to us. We still need energized donors and volunteers to help us build on this foundation.”
The Center staff has worked hard to create and maintain solid relationships with other economic development organizations to connect clients to available resources. “We are thrilled that VetBiz has received this award as they are a true partner to the U.S. Small Business Administration in terms of counseling, training, and supporting veteran entrepreneurs.”, explains Maureen Brinkley, SBA St. Louis District Director. “Darcella Craven, staff members, members of their Board and five of their clients have been recognized in prior years as SBA’s “Veteran Business Champion of the Year” or “Veteran Small Business of the Year” both locally and nationally. We look forward to future endeavors with this very dedicated group of individuals.”
VetBiz was established in 2004 and assists all U.S. military Veterans, Guard or Reserve members and active-duty personnel transitioning to civilian life to start businesses or expand existing companies. Its parent organization is The Veterans Advocacy Foundation, Inc. (VAF), an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit Missouri Corporation. Founded in 1996 and operated by a service-connected disabled veteran, the VAF provides funding, guidance, and personnel for the nation’s first dedicated Veterans Business Resource Center, as well as legislative support and advocacy on behalf of American Veterans.
The foundation is governed by a board of directors comprised of 14 members, many Veterans, and all outstanding achievers in their respective fields. Core funding is supplemented by private industry donors including American Direct Marketing Resource, Veterans United Foundation, Regions Bank and other spirited donors.
On VeteransDay we celebrated a new partnership. VetBiz has been awarded a $70,000 grant in general operating funds from Boeing. We are excited about this new partnership and have already started expanding our impact thanks to these funds.
Watch a recording of the event here
Looking Back at 2021: A Year of #VetBiz Strength and Resilience
While many hoped that the business landscape in 2021 would look different from 2020, many small businesses across the country, including veteran and military spouse small businesses, continued to grapple with challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Out of necessity, many veteran entrepreneurs have continued to adapt their business plans, shift operations and pivot with the economy. One thing remains true: the strength and resilience of America’s veteran small business owners continues to prove that their determination and grit will carry them through the toughest battles.
As we look back on the strength of America’s veteran entrepreneurs, let’s revisit the resources available to veteran small business owners who are interested in starting, growing, or adapting their small businesses.
Sharpen your business knowledge and acumen. For transitioning servicemembers, or aspiring veteran or military spouse entrepreneurs, the SBA offers a number of free or low-cost entrepreneurial education and training programs. For example, the Boots to Business program is a great way to learn the basics of business planning, opportunity recognition, market research, financing, and more. Classes are offered on military installations worldwide or in your local community through Boots to Business Reboot.
Connect with SBA’s extensive resource partner network. As you work to strengthen your business, you don’t have to do it alone. The SBA has a nationwide ecosystem of resource partners in over 1,400 locations with more than 13,000 business advisors who are ready to assist you. SBA’s network of District Offices, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, SCORE chapters, and Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC) help bring all of SBA’s programs and resources right to your local community. For the veteran and military spouse community, you can connect with your local VBOC to find tailored business trainings, workshops, counseling, and more. With 22 locations across the U.S., our VBOCs are strategically positioned in local communities to give you the expertise you need to launch a successful business. Plus, VBOC services are offered in-person, virtually, and over the phone.
Participate in an entrepreneurship training program. The SBA offers a variety of programs through grantees that are customized for the veteran entrepreneurship journey. SBA’s entrepreneurship training programs focus on specific veteran groups to provide specialized resources to help start, grow, or pivot your business.
- Women Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program (WVETP): Provides entrepreneurial training to women veterans, women service members, and women spouses of service members and veterans as they start or grow a business.
- Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program (SDVETP): Provides entrepreneurship training programs to service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs who aspire to be small business owners or currently own a small business.
- Veteran Federal Procurement Entrepreneurship Training Program (VFPETP): Delivers training to veteran-owned small businesses that are interested in pursuing or are currently engaged in federal procurement.
As we review accomplishments from 2021 and look to achieve new milestones in 2022, we celebrate the strength and resilience of our veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs who continued to soldier on during unprecedented times. With the help of SBA resources, the same determination our veteran entrepreneurs displayed during their time in the military will continue to propel them to success in the year ahead.
This blog was originally written by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Veterans Business Development.
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.
May 9 - May 27, 2022
June 24 - July 1, 2022
Whether you have an idea for a small business or just recently began and need to establish your foundation, this program will move your forward. Through formal instruction by industry leaders, guest speakers, and individual coaching.
March 17th- April 21st
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 “problem seeking”. You will end up with an actionable business model. By participating in SLUStart I-Corps you can get help pursuing your innovation or new venture concept and possibly qualify for up to $50,000 in non-dilutive financial support in the national NSF program and $2,000 locally.
Thursday, April 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm If your business is at least 51% owned, controlled and managed by women, minority, veteran, & LGBTQ owners you need to consider a Diverse Business Certification to help your business grow!
Score LIVE Webinars
Dec 14: The New Must Have Marketing Strategy for 2022
Dec 16: Google My Business for Home-Based Business Owners – Get Found Without Using Your Home Address
Dec 28: Critical Questions & Information Needed to Do Proper Business Planning
Note: All webinars are recorded – https://www.score.org/recorded-webinars
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!