Entrepreneurs

SBA: Funding Competition Announced for Organizations Providing Entrepreneurship Training to Women Veterans

Awards Aim to Help Women Transition from Service to Entrepreneurship The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced that non-profit organizations and private sector firms are now eligible to compete for funding of up to $300,000 to deliver entrepreneurship training to women veterans. The application period begins today and continues through March 21, 2024.  Up to six grantees…

SBA: Updated Equity Action Plan Unveiled to Advance Commitment to Investing in Equity

Updates Focus on Providing Access to Capital and Entrepreneurial Support Services, Creating Economic Opportunities, and Advancing our National Economy Today,  Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice in President Biden’s Cabinet for America’s more than 33 million small businesses and startups, announced the SBA’s updated 2023 Equity Action Plan outlining actionable steps the…

SBA: America’s Seed Fund Road Tour Visits Florida and Puerto Rico to Engage Startups and Small Businesses Working on Innovative, High-Impact Ideas

SBA Program Assists Entrepreneurs with Accessing Important R&D Capital The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)visited Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 7, and Puerto Rico on Feb. 9 during its America’s Seed Fund Road Tour, a national outreach effort to connect entrepreneurs working on advanced and innovative technology to the country’s largest source of early-stage research and development grant and contract…

SBA: 200,000th Boots to Business Entrepreneurship Course Trainee Graduates

Federal Program Helps Veterans Transition from Service to Startup Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the 200,000th graduate of the Boots to Business (B2B) program. This milestone re-emphasizes the long-standing importance of military-connected entrepreneurs to the nation’s economy and celebrates 11 years of B2B instructor achievements nationwide and overseas.  “SBA’s Boots to Business program is about strengthening…

EDA: National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) Releases Recommendations to Fuel and Strengthen U.S. Leadership in Technology Innovation

Today, the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) released its “Competitiveness Through Entrepreneurship: A Strategy for U.S. Innovation” (PDF) report that includes 10 recommendations for how the U.S. Department of Commerce, the federal government, and the private sector can foster an entrepreneurship ecosystem that ensures the United States leads in critical technology innovation. U.S. Secretary…

SBA: Empower to Grow Announced, a Revitalization of the 7(j) Training Program to Enhance Small Disadvantaged Business Contract Readiness

Improvements to 7(j) Training Program Comes as SBA Releases New Data Showing Increase in Contracting Dollars for Small Disadvantaged Businesses Today, Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice in President Biden’s Cabinet for America’s more than 33 million small businesses, announced a slate of major improvements to the implementation of the…

SBA: America’s Seed Fund Week and Road Tour Announced

Nationwide Events Connect Entrepreneurs With SBIR/STTR Funding Agencies That Support Cutting-Edge Technology Development Today, Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice for America’s more than 33 million small businesses in President Biden’s Cabinet, kicked off America’s Seed Fund Weekwith remarks highlighting the upcoming 2024 Seed Fund Road Tour as well as the…

SBA: One-Year Anniversary of Veteran Small Business Certification Program Marked

VetCert Program Approved More than 10,000 Applications Averaging 15-Day Processing Times Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) marks the one-year anniversary of the agency accepting applications through the Veteran Small Business Certification (VetCert) program, the SBA’s primary certification vehicle to expand federal contracting opportunities for all Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs). This effort is…

SBA: Growth Accelerator Fund Competition Opened January 8th to Expand and Strengthen the National Innovation Ecosystem

Organizations will compete in two stages for $50,000 to $200,000 in prizes; SBA to award up to $3 Million in Stage One Prizes Today,  Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice in President Biden’s Cabinet for America’s more than 33 million small businesses and startups, announced the opening of the 2024 Growth…

EDA: 60 Recipients of “Build to Scale” Program Announced in Support of Innovators, Entrepreneurs, and Startups through Regional, Technology-Based Economic Development Strategies

Grantees Represent 36 States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced “Build to Scale” grants awarded to 60 organizations across the country — located in 36 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico — totaling $53 million for programs that support technology entrepreneurs, catalyze innovation, and fuel economic…