Did you know that October is National Women’s Small Business Month? SBA has resources to help women entrepreneurs start, grow, expand and recover businesses.

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Join the SBA for an online event to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on October 14, 2021. The event will feature a fireside chat with SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman and SBA Associate Administrators Bibi Hidalgo and Mark Madrid for a candid discussion about the SBA’s efforts to foster Hispanic entrepreneurship. The online event also includes a panel discussion about how Hispanic business owners have successfully pivoted throughout the pandemic to adapt to a rapidly shifting environment. Hear about their truths, how they overcome challenges, and how they face this adversity with “grit and ganas (a drive to succeed)”.


The SBA and Public Private Strategies Institute have teamed up for a series of webinars​ that will help your business get back on track. Join us for our next session on​ Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. ET: Resources and Relief for Your Small Business – Supporting Women Business Owners and Women’s Programs.

During this webinar, you will:

  • Learn more about COVID EIDL and how you can take advantage before December 31, 2021
  • Discover tools and resources you can use to start and grow your business
  • Have your questions answered by SBA leadership and small business experts
  • Learn how you can become a vaccine leader in your community
  • Get an update regarding programs and recent policy announcements made by the Biden-Harris Administration

Note: These sessions will take place every two weeks and will run through December 2021.


Did you know that October is National Women’s Small Business Month? SBA has resources to help women entrepreneurs start, grow, expand and recover businesses.​

Learn more

COVID EIDL Applicants: Join SBA’s COVID EIDL Application Completion Office Hours on October 13 for information about the application process and get your questions answered to apply for COVID EIDL funds. For more information about COVID EIDL, visit the SBA website.

  • Wednesday, October 13 at 12:30 – 1:30 PM ET Join here

Paycheck Protection Program borrowers: If your loan is $150,000 or less, you may be eligible to apply for direct forgiveness through SBA using our​ online portal. Follow the steps below.

  1. Find out​ if your lender is participating.​
  2. Watch a video​ about how to use the portal.
  3. Apply for forgiveness.

For additional information, visit the SBA website.

How Government Contracting can Help Grow Your Business

In case you missed it! Listen to​ Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of Government Contracting and Business Development Bibi Hidalgo discuss how you can tap into government contracting for your small business.


This week,​ Administrator Guzman visited Tennessee​ to meet inspiring small business owners who were able to pivot, recover and grow with help from SBA programs and resources. Follow the​ Administrator on​ InstagramFacebookand​ Twitter​ to see photos and videos of all her visits to small businesses across America.​

Thanks to vaccines, small businesses across America have opened back up. Keep the momentum going by getting vaccinated.​ Find a vaccine provider near you. Learn how businesses can​ get tax credits​ for allowing employees to get vaccinated.​

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