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Monday, July 14, 2014  
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SupplierPay:A New Strategy to Drive Small Business Growth

On Friday, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet joined President Obama at the White House to announce the launch of SupplierPay. It’s a new project dedicated to giving America’s entrepreneurs access to affordable, consistent working capital. It’s about paying them on time and keeping their interest rates low, so they can invest in new equipment, new products and new people.

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Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR): How it Works and How to Qualify

Small businesses are key to advancing America’s economy by bringing cutting-edge, high-impact technologies to the marketplace, but it's often difficult to compete with larger technology companies because they lack capital for research and development. But the SBIR Program can help.

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Webinar: Learn More about a New Retirement Benefit Option for Your Employees

“myRA” (“My Retirement Account”) is a new retirement savings account intended for employees who don't have access to an employer-sponsored plan or who aren't eligible for their employer’s plan, but are looking for a simple, safe, and affordable way to start saving. Learn more during this webinar onWednesday, July 16 at 3pmwith SBA, the Treasury Department and Small Business Majority.

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Miss a Recent Webinar? Watch It Anytime on YouTube!

Our YouTube channel has a variety of playlists and how-to webinars. Here are a few recent webinars that you may have missed, but can watch any time on demand:


5 Reasons Your Business Credit Scores Don’t Get You the Credit You Need

When you apply for a new credit line or request a credit limit increase for your business, suppliers, creditors and lenders want to see how your company has handled its existing credit obligations in the past. Make sure your credit score is up to par so you get the help you need.

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2014 National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Conference

Register now for the nation’s premier event for minority businesses, taking placeJuly 31-August 1 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC. Join America’s most diverse entrepreneurs, business owners and executives to capitalize on actionable opportunities for business growth by:

  • Networking with decision makers from multinational corporations, government representatives and leading entrepreneurs.
  • Accessing information from industry experts about business expansion through capital, contracts, and new markets.
  • Engaging in one-on-one meetings at our business-to-business matchmaking sessions with agency representatives to expand your network and identify opportunities.

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Webinar: Overview of the 8(a) Business Development Program

Interested in the 8(a) Business Development Program? Join our webinar and knowledgeable panelists to make sure you are getting the most out of the benefits of the program. Ask questions and learn how to take your business to the next level onJuly 23 at 2pm ET.

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ChallengeHer — Opportunities & Access to Federal Contracts for Women-Owned Small Businesses

If you’re a woman-owned small business looking to contract with the federal government and seeking assistance on how to navigate in the federal procurement arena, we have good news that can help!

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How to Encourage Customer Loyalty for Small Business Success

You’ve probably heard the adage that “keeping an old customer is cheaper than converting a new one," and the numbers show it! Loyal customers are worth up to 10 times the amount of their first purchase! Customer loyalty is a worthwhile goal for your business to aspire, not only for marketing and branding, but because of its impact on the bottom line as well.

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Free Affordable Care Act 101 webinar covering healthcare reform and your small business hosted by SBA and Small Business Majority. Click to RSVP todayAffordable Care Act 101 Webinars

The SBA and Small Business Majority will continue to host free Affordable Care Act 101 weekly webinars so small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in health insurance marketplaces.

Starting July 8th, Spanish-speaking small employers throughout the country can join representatives from SBA, HHS, and Small Business Majority for ACA 101 webinars in Spanish. Below are the registration links for the upcoming Spanish-language webinars, which will be held every other Tuesday at 4 pm ET/1 pm PT throughout the summer and fall.


We Need Your Feedback on Exporting to Europe

On July 14th, SBA will attend the sixth round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) negotiation meetings with members of the US government and the European Union in Brussels, Belgium. T-TIP is a proposed free trade agreement with the European Union. We are looking for your feedback and stories concerning issues with exporting to European countries, including success stories of exporting your product or service or any obstacles you have faced.If you have an anecdote concerning these matters, please

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