Houston District Office – May 2022

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THRIVE Emerging Leaders

Houston SBA Growth Training for
Small Businesses/T.H.R.IV.E.!

SBA Houston is seeking 40 top-quality small business CEOs for our dynamic CEO training program called THRIVE. It combines in-person and virtual training, features contemporary training materials, can be customized for the needs of specific businesses, is totally focused on GROWTH, and is FREE!

Eligibility Requirements: Have been in business for 3+ years, More than 1 employee other than self, Have annual revenues of $250K+, are hungry for significant GROWTH and can commit to completing the full program, including trainings, submitting assignments, participating during sessions, and reaching out for help.


Military Loan

Financial Fundamentals Series:

Community Connection

Wednesday, May 11 | 11:00am CDT | REGISTER
VIRTUAL series for Texas veteran & military-connected small business owners. Get connected with the knowledge, resources, and community to assist your small business in accessing capital! Hosted by UTAComNav, a selected spoke awardee for the SBA Community Navigator Pilot Program.

SBA 8(a) Business Development
Certification Program

Tuesday, May 10 | 1:00pm CDT | REGISTER

Surety Bonding

Working with the Federal Government – Presented by the Minority Business Development Agency and SBA. The federal government’s goal is to award at least 5 percent of all federal contracting dollars to small, disadvantaged businesses each year. Before you can participate in the 8(a) Business Development program, you must be certified. The federal government fully defines who qualifies for the 8(a) program—including what counts as being socially and economically disadvantaged. Hear from the experts.

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Expanda su Negocio Exportando
sus Productos y Servicios

Miércoles, 11 mayo | 10:00am CDT | REGISTRARSE

El 96% de consumidores viven fuera de los EE. UU. y dos tercios del poder adquisitivo del mundo se encuentra en países extranjeros. Si usted es propietario de una pequeña empresa y sueña con exportar sus productos o servicios a mercados internacionales, ¡no se pierda este webinario!

7j Management & Technical Assistance Training

APRIL-JUNE Offerings by Gabriel Enterprises: DETAILS & REGISTER
A variety of topics FREE for 7j eligible companies: Firms located in HUBZone, an 8a Firm, Economically-Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business, a firm located in an area of high unemployment, or a low-income Individual. 


SBA is seeking public comments on a proposed rule that would revise the employee-based small business size standards for businesses in nine North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) sectors. The proposed changes in nine sectors, including manufacturing and transportation, will enable more mid-sized businesses to regain small business status and allow current small businesses to retain small business status for a longer period, thereby allowing them to benefit from SBA’s procurement and loan programs.


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ATTN: Fort Bend Business Owners
Triple ‘R’ Loan Program Webinar

Monday, May 16 | 11:00am CDT | REGISTER
Need financing to start or grow your business in Fort Bend County? H-GALDC is excited to offer this new small business loan program in partnership with Fort Bend County. The Triple ‘R’ Loan Program helps finance startups and existing businesses work towards recovery, resilience, and growth. Eligible small businesses may apply for loan options and/or a grant.
Application Deadline: Friday, May 20, 2022.


SBA Surety Bond Guarantee Program

Tuesday, May 17 | 10:00am CDT | JOIN LIVE 
or CALL-IN (audio only): 202-765-1264 | ID: 667 865 58#
Does your business have: Limited Financial Resources? No Prior Bonded Work Experience?  A Desire to Increase its Current Bond Limits? This program can help your small business obtain contract, bid, performance, & payment bonds! Hear an overview of the program, benefits, how to find an authorized surety agent, and more!


SBA Grants, Counseling, and Financing to
Facilitate Global Market Sales

Tuesday, May 17 | 12:00pm CDT | REGISTER
As businesses emerge from a global pandemic, demand for U.S. products and services is on the rise. The SBA has resources that can help you take advantage of these opportunities. This webinar will feature three successful small business exporters that have utilized Small Business Development Center (SBDC) counseling and SBA export promotion resources to grow global sales. Whether you are new to export or currently exporting and looking to grow your sales, this webinar is for you!


Doing Business with NASA

Wednesday, May 18 | 12:00pm CDT | REGISTER
Join NASA’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) and Office of Procurement (OP) to hear an overview of how to do business with NASA and for a deep dive into NASA’s Product Service Lines (PSLs).


HHS Small Business National Virtual Conference

If you own a small business and want to grow through government contracts, this conference is for you. Small businesses will learn precisely what’s needed to work with the government through this dynamic three-day conference of panels, breakout sessions, speeches, and matchmaking. HHS offers a variety of small business contracts across industries, including information and technology, construction, marketing, professional services, research and development, and many others.


dvanced Manufacturing Trends & Opportunities
in Indonesia, Singapore & Japan

Hosted by the U.S. Commercial Service and the National
Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
Wednesday, May 18 | 7:00pm CDT | REGISTER
This webinar will help U.S. companies gain knowledge on the growing advanced manufacturing opportunities in Indonesia, Singapore and Japan and learn about business development activities that can help them successfully enter these markets, including the upcoming October Trade Mission opportunity.


Lender Matchmaking: 
Pitch Your Business’
Financial Needs to SBA-Approved Lenders!

Tuesday, May 24 | 8:30am-12:00pm CDT | 
LOCATION: HCC Alief Hayes Campus- 2811 Hayes Road
(Main Building, 3rd Floor, Room A319)
Representatives from several banks, certified development companies, and alternative lending sources will be on hand to meet with existing and start-up business owners to discuss funding for small businesses. Attendees will have the opportunity to pitch their financing needs to multiple lenders in scheduled, one-on-one 15-minute sessions! Also, meet SBA Houston District Office representatives and engage with SBA’s Resource Partner network who provide free one-on-one business advising.


Both Sides to the 5 C’s of Credit

Wednesday, May 25 | 10:00am CDT | REGISTER
Join us to learn about how the 5 C’s affect you when obtaining credit and when you are ready to provide credit terms to your customers! The SBA will explain the 5 C’s of Credit which are used by all lenders when making a loan decision. NACM Southwest will then review how you can use another 5 C’s of Credit to assist with extending credit to your clients.


Small Business Export Finance Workshop

Wednesday, May 25 | 1:00pm-2:30pm CDT | REGISTER
Want to start exporting your products or services globally? Join the SBA Houston District Office to hear from export experts about various related export topics. SBA has made it a priority to help small business exporters with several export loans specifically designed to help expand into export activities.


Surviving and Thriving in Challenging Times

Thursday, May 26 | 1:00pm CDT | REGISTER
How do you keep your business growing while navigating challenges? Continued opportunities in global markets and federal government export assistance have helped many U.S. companies stay successful in recent years. Three U.S. exporters describe their experiences in this inspirational session. You’ll also hear from government trade experts about programs & services that are available to help you map out a winning export strategy.


Summer School Series: SBA Resources Every Small Business Needs to Know About

Wednesday, June 1 | 11:00am CDT | REGISTER
Join your local SBA team to learn about the SBA resources available to you as a small business! This session will include an overview of our SBA services, the SBA Learning Center, our SBA Houston website, and a brief overview of our resource partners. This session will include Q&A.

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Protecting Your Business
with Trademarks

Tuesday, May 10 | 9:30am-12:30pm CDT | REGISTER
Houston Center SBDC

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Starting and Running
Your Own Business

Saturday, May 14 | 9:00am CDT | REGISTER
 HCC Stafford


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Exporting Your Company’s Goods and Services Outside the United States

Wednesday, May 11 | 12:00pm CDT | REGISTER


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How to Do Business with METRO

Monday, May 16 | 12:00pm CDT | REGISTER



Want to learn more about SBA Programs & Services?

Download the SBA Houston Resource Guide HERE
Download the National Resource Guide HERE

Questions? Please contact [email protected]