SBA: Landmark Collaboration with Historically Black Fraternities and Sororities to Address the Wealth Gap Through Black Entrepreneurship Announced

First of its Kind Agreement That Will Focus on Improving Financial Literacy, Outreach and Capital Access Opportunities Across Communities Today, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice for America’s 32.5 million small businesses in President Biden’s Cabinet, signed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM)–an authority unique to […]

SBA: Four Million Hard-Hit Businesses Approved for Nearly $390 Billion in COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loans

SBA delivered an unprecedented level of economic aid to small businesses impacted by the pandemic As the country continues to transition from a historic economic recovery to stable, steady growth that works for families and small businesses, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, the voice for America’s 32.5 million small businesses in President […]

EDA: National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship Reestablished

32 Leaders in Technology, Innovation, Workforce Development, and Academia Appointed to Council Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced the appointment of 32 leaders and experts to the National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (NACIE). NACIE will be charged with developing a National Entrepreneurship Strategy that strengthens America’s ability […]

EDA: $1.6 Million Invested to Establish Business Incubator in Charleston, WV

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.6 million grant to the University of Charleston, Charleston, West Virginia, to establish the Downtown Innovation Hub, a local business incubator. This project will assist small businesses to create new jobs […]

EDA: $500,000 Invested to Support Tech-Based Entrepreneurs in Baton Rouge, LA

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $500,000 grant to Research Park Corporation dba Nexus Louisiana, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to spur tech-based entrepreneurial growth. This EDA investment will allow Nexus Louisiana to increase planning, outreach, and training assistance to tech-based startups through its Ignition […]

SBA: Five New Women’s Business Centers Announced and to be Operated by Minority Serving Institutions

The latest SBA investment triples the number of Women’s Business Centers at HBCUs in support of women entrepreneurs Today, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice for America’s 32.5 million small businesses in President Biden’s Cabinet, announced the selection of five new Women’s Business Centers (WBC) […]

EDA: $789,724 Invested to Expand an Entrepreneurial Training Program in Charleston, SC

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $789,724 grant to Lowcountry Local First, Charleston, South Carolina, to support their Good Growth Program. This project will support an initiative to expand the Good Enterprises entrepreneur training and support program. The project will be matched with […]

USDA and EDA Launch Resource Guide to Boost Economic Development in Rural Communities

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Under Secretary Xochitl Torres Small and U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Assistant Secretary Alejandra Y. Castillo today released a joint resource guide to help community organizations access USDA and EDA resources to build strategies to boost economic development in rural America. “America’s rural communities are […]

EDA: $2 Million Invested to Support Innovation and Technology Entreprenerus in Akron, OH

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2 million grant to the city of Akron, Ohio, to expand and renovate its Bounce Innovation Hub, a business incubator facility. This investment will support more than 60 start-up businesses and […]