SCOREOn August 14, 2014 the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrated the 50th anniversary of SCORE.

SCORE, a coalition of experienced and successful businessmen, was officially launched in 1964 as the Service Corps of Retired Executives by then SBA administrator Eugene Foley. From the start, the group was dedicated to the education of entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE mentors have achieved this goal by providing resources and expertise to maximize the success of existing and emerging small businesses.

Today, SCORE consists of more than 11,000 mentors, serving every state in the country. These men and women share invaluable small business wisdom with today’s small business owners. They help with writing business plans, preparing for obtaining business loans and help small business owners manage their revenue, handle their cash flow and market themselves to build their customer base and hopefully go from small businesses to big businesses.

In its half century existence, the coalition became a non-profit organization and dropped the acronym, but SCORE volunteers are still carrying out the original mission of passing their knowledge on to future generations of American entrepreneurs and innovators. Over the five decades, the volunteers have given back because they’ve accumulated a lifetime’s worth of expertise and have chosen to share what they’ve learned with the people of their communities. Their dedication has helped an estimated 10.5 million entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground.

See how the mentors at SCORE can help you and your small business at www.score.org

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: 50 Years of SCORE: By Debbie Gregory

Ask the SBAIn this technological age, numerous government services and agencies are taking advantage of the convenient ways to spread information to the masses. Not to be outdone, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has taken to using social networking sites to be more accessible to the masses than ever before.

The SBA recently launched the “Ask the SBA Administrator” event on Google+. On Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 4:30 P.M. ET, SBA administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet will be live, answering questions and chatting with people in the small business community.

In President Obama’s cabinet, Contreras-Sweet is the voice for small business owners. Asking questions and raising concerns directly to someone in her position can be extremely beneficial to your small business.

It is extremely important that voices from the Veteran-owned small business community and the service-disabled Veteran-owned small business community be heard. Veteran entrepreneurs and their businesses are eligible for special benefits, and it is imperative that these benefits not be left on the table. Additionally, if they need to be improved upon, people in Mrs. Contreras-Sweet’s position must be informed.

The   “Ask the SBA Administrator” event is being hosted by Google+ Your Business. Veteran small business owners are encouraged to watch the event live on the Google+ page , ask questions and leave comments prior to the event for Mrs. Contreras-Sweet.

All small business owners should take advantage of this event.

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: Ask the SBA Administrator: By Debbie Gregory

SBA Colorado District Office

Presented by: South Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

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How do I get started with Government Contracting? What is the difference between commercial contracting and government contracting? What is a contract? How are “set-aside” contracts and goals determined?
In this course, participants will learn the ins and outs about government contracting. Participants will also be introduced to the external agencies such as the Procurement Technical Assistance Center, (PTAC) which work with the SBA and Federal Contractors to help award contracts to small businesses.

Speaker(s): Charles Aycock ~ US Small Business Administration

Co-Sponsor(s): South Metro Small Business Development Center

*Registered persons will receive webinar login information at least 24 hours before the webinar.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 27, 2014  9 am – 10:30 am Mountain time

WHERE:  Online – webinar

HOW: Registration is free, but required: click here to register

Questions: nharden@bestchamber.com

Twitter webinarOne of the biggest challenges of starting a Veteran owned small business is getting the word out about your company. In order to survive, fledgling companies need suppliers, contacts, and most of all, customers. But many Veteran business owners haven’t yet figured out how to successfully get their brand front and center in front of the public.

Some of the most successful small businesses have utilized Twitter as a platform to raise brand awareness for their companies. Set-Aside Alert, a federal government contract information service provider, is providing a webinar to help Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran business owners utilize Twitter to help their small businesses succeed.

The webinar will be led by Set-Aside Alert editor Alice Lipowicz, who has been named one of the Top 70 Most Social US Federal Technology Pros on Twitter by the Huffington Post.

Small business owners can use Twitter to raise brand awareness, share and obtain information on upcoming federal contract opportunities, network with peers and government leaders, and help build a reputation for expertise in your field. The webinar will help put Twitter to work for your small business.

The “Twitter Training for Small Business Federal Contractors” webinar will be held online at 1 pm EDT on September 4, 2014. The fee for the 60-minute webinar is $25. The webinar is available at no charge for Set-Aside Alert’s paid subscribers.

If you are already on Twitter, just getting started on Twitter, or thinking of joining, you can get super ideas on how to make a positive impression, discover more opportunities,  and drive business growth.

For more information, click here.

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: Twitter Webinar: By Debbie Gregory

B2B LAAttention all honorably discharged Veterans and Veteran spouses in the Los Angeles area: If you are an entrepreneur running your own business or considering starting your own company, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has some great news for you! The SBA will soon be holding the entrepreneurial education program Boots to Business: Reboot.

The SBA offers the Boots to Business: Reboot program in partnership with the Institute for Veterans and military families at Syracuse University (IVMF).  The program provides assistance to Veterans exploring self-employment opportunities by leading them through the key steps for evaluating business concepts, and the foundational knowledge required for developing a business plan. Through the program, Veterans are also connected to SBA resources that enable them to access start-up capital and obtain any additional technical assistance.

The Los Angeles area Boots to Business Reboot session will be held Friday, August 15th , from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, and Saturday, August 16th ,  from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The event will take place at the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall, Lincoln Room, 1816 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA.

Parking for the event is limited. Most attendees will have to park in the overflow lot down the street at Los Angeles Trade Tech, on the roof-top parking lot, which is accessible from Flower Street.

The knowledge, skills, resources and networking contacts gained through the Boots to Business: Reboot program can be the difference between a successful Veteran owned small business and a business idea that never got off the ground.

To register for the two-day L.A. event, please visit http://boots2business.org/reboot-apply.aspx

Openings are limited, sign up now!

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

 

VAMBOA: Enroll in Veteran Entrepreneur Class in LA:By Debbie Gregory