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SBA Success Story: Ruby’s Pinoy Foods

SBA Partner and Minnesota Rural Community Rallies Around Immigrant Business Owner

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Ruby Tungseth-Dowden, originally from the Philippines, grew up in the restaurant business. With a bachelor’s degree in accounting and while working in the health care industry, she began her small business journey in 2018 by selling eggrolls at festivals in Ottertail County, Minn. 

After two years selling eggrolls at special events around the area under a tent, Ruby’s community rallied around her and she created Ruby’s Pinoy Foods, which focuses on serving Filipino foods in the Fergus Falls area.

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Small Business Digital Alliance Announces National Members/First Events

The Small Business Digital Alliance has announced its national members and a slate of upcoming events. The SBDA is a new public-private co-sponsorship between the SBA and Business Forward, Inc., a non-profit organization working with small business leaders in support of policies promoting America’s economic competitiveness, focused on connecting entrepreneurs with critical digital tools and resources to start and expand their businesses to scale for success, including in the burgeoning e-commerce economy.

Upcoming Small Business Digital Alliance Events

A list of free virtual and in-person events hosted by the SBDA can be found below. These events will feature discussions on small business trends and showcase the free digital tools small businesses can take advantage of through the SBDA. More events will be announced in the coming weeks, and the schedule is subject to changes. We encourage any and all interested community members to sign up to participate via the links provided. To learn more about the SBDA, visit www.smallbusinessdigitalalliance.com.

  • Thursday, March 31st, Time TBA: Virtual Webinar | Accelerate Your Digital Transformation: https://bit.ly/3LuWB8i
  • Week of April 4th: Panel/Roundtable and Training in Ohio
  • Week of April 26th: Panel/Roundtable and Training in Arlington, Virginia
  • Week of May 2nd: Virtual Webinar | Digital Benefits: Hire, Train, and Retain: https://bit.ly/3LyrcSu

Opportunity News

Other federal agencies have some great programs that could be helpful to your small business.  Below are just a few of them we’ve heard about recently: 

USDA Opportunities

  • The USDA announced recently that it is making available up to $215 million in grants and other support to expand meat and poultry processing options, strengthen the food supply chain, and create jobs and economic opportunities in rural areas. 
  • The Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program guarantees loans of up to $40 million for qualified lenders to finance food systems projects, specifically for the start-up or expansion of activities in the middle of the food supply chain. The USDA program will support new investments in infrastructure for food aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storage, transportation, wholesaling, and distribution to increase capacity and create a more resilient, diverse, and secure U.S. food supply chain. 
  • The Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program provides grants to help eligible processors expand their capacity. USDA Rural Development designed the MPPEP to encourage competition and sustainable growth in the U.S. meat processing sector, and to help improve supply chain resiliency.
  • USDA recently shared a resource guide to help people in rural America start and grow businesses, create good-paying jobs in their communities and strengthen America’s economy. The guide features information on how rural entrepreneurs can use USDA and other Federal programs to access financing and other assistance to help start and expand their businesses.

Department of Labor Opportunities

  • U.S. Department of Labor-Wage & Hour Division’s Midwest Care Workers Summit 2022, March 23. DOL’s Labor-Wage & Hour Department is inviting health care industry stakeholders from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin to hear from distinguished panelists and WHD experts. The goal is to facilitate a more in depth discussion about issues that affect the health care industry in the Midwest.
  • DOL has a new grant program to strengthen, modernize, expand and diversify its Registered Apprenticeship Program to enable more workers to earn while they learn and find reliable pathways to the middle class. the  “Apprenticeship Building America” program will make $113 million in grant funding available. Eligible applicants include nonprofits, labor organizations, public and state institutions of higher education, and county governments.

Torch Awards for Ethics, Deadline March 4, Apply Now

Nominations Open for BBB’s Torch Awards for Ethics

BBB Torch Awards for Ethics through the Better Business Bureau foundation recognizes marketplace role models that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to ethics and integrity in all aspects of their operation in Minnesota and North Dakota.

2022 Torch Awards Application is now open from January 6 – March 4, 2022. The awards event will be held in person on May 20 at Radisson Blu in Bloomington.

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SBA’s support of or participation in this event is not an endorsement of any product, service, or entity.

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Additional Upcoming SBA Training

We are hosting training webinars to help entrepreneurs and small business owners start, grow, expand, and recover. 

To learn more and register today, visit the links below:

  • Tome ventaja de la estructura Corporación S y Seguridad Cibernética
    March 2, 2:00 p.m.; Register
  • Business Credit Demystified
    March 2, 1 p.m.; Register
  • SBA Veteran Small Business Resource Brief 
    March 4, 10 a.m.; Register
  • Steps for Starting a Small Business 
    March 9, 10 a.m.; Register
  • Risk Management – Planning for the Unexpected 
    March 9, 1:00 p,m.; Register
  • Exploring SBA Microlending Coast to Coast
    March 10, 10 a.m.; Register
  • Insurance – Choices for Business 
    March 16, 1 p.m.; Register
  • Start & Grow with SBA Program’s for Women Entrepreneurs
    March 17, 4 p.m.; Register
  • Tax Planning and Reporting
    March 23, 1 p.m.; Register
  • Veteran’s Training: Boots to Business Reboot
    March 25, 8 a.m.; Register
  • Selling Your Business and Succession Planning
    March 30, 1 p.m.; Register

SBA Resource Partner Trainings

  • Entrepreneurship Startup Class in 10 sessions (SBDC)
    Starts March 1; Learn More
  • Business Development Essentials (SCORE) 
    March 1; Learn More
  • Start with Brand: Brand Positioning (SCORE)
    March 2; Learn More
  • The Basics of Contracts (SCORE)
    March 3; Learn More
  • Vlogging (Video Blogging) for Your Business (SBDC)
    March 8; Learn More

  • Starting a Food Business 101 (SCORE)
    March 8; Learn More
  • Celebrate International Women’s Day with WeMN & WomenVenture
    March 8; Learn More

  • Multicultural Marketing (SCORE)
    March 9; Learn More
  • Getting Ready (WomenVenture)
    March 9; Learn More
  • IRS Small Business Workshop & Listening Session
    March 9; Learn More
  • How to Project Cash Flow to Run or Save Your Business (SCORE)
    March 10; Learn More 
  • Exploring Child Care (WomenVenture)
    March 10; Learn More
  • Starting a Business at 50+ (SCORE)
    March 15; Learn More
  • Family Child Care Business Essentials (WomenVenture)
    Starts March 21; Learn More
  • Buying a Business Webinar – Ownership Transition (SBDC)
    Starts March 22; Learn More
  • WomenVenture Overview
    March 23; Learn More
  • Exit Planning (SBDC)
    April 21 & 28; Learn More

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