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The SBA Columbus District Office is Now on LinkedIn:

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The SBA Columbus District Office is on LinkedIn!

“The small business community in central and southern Ohio is now able to directly access the SBA Columbus District Office through its new LinkedIn account,” said Everett M. Woodel, Jr., District Director of the SBA Columbus Office. “We are pleased to be able to provide news, business tips, updates, and event information to Ohio’s entrepreneurs and business owners through the platform. We are tailoring our posts for the business to business audience LinkedIn reaches, and look forward to using LinkedIn to give even greater service to Ohio’s small business owners, the lending community, and our resource partners.”

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It’s National Apprenticeship Week:

Apprenticeship programs help employers recruit, build and retain a highly skilled workforce:

Photo of two people with the following text, National Apprenticeship Week, November 14-20, 2022. The SBA logo is at the bottom.

What is a Registered Apprenticeship Program?

Registered Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, receive progressive wage increases, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential.  Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs) are industry-vetted and approved and validated by the U.S. Department of Labor or a State Apprenticeship Agency.

RAPs enable and energize more employers to participate and provide them access to larger talent pools that have been trained for entry-level to management positions, thereby meeting industry demands and reducing unemployment rates across the country. 

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News from SBA’s Office of Advocacy:

Small Business Facts: Reasons For Being An Owner

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While there are multiple reasons to own a small business, most firm owners cite wanting to be their own boss and making more money as important reasons for owning their own business. Self-employment is mostly driven by opportunity, with 56% of owners with employees saying that starting a business was the best avenue to make their own products. The top reason for women to become a business owner was work and family balance. 

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Featured Upcoming Events from the SBA Columbus District Office and its Resource Partners:

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Meet your Federal Small Business Resources


From the PTAC at Ohio University and SBA Columbus: Starting and growing a business can be a very exciting but challenging time Learn about free government and business resources available to your new and/or growing business. During this webinar, hear from resource partners such as the Small Business Administration (SBA) Procurement Center Representative (PCR), contracting representatives from the National Guard, US Army Corps of Engineers, Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Each resource will give a brief overview of their programs and what they can do to assist you in building a successful business. Join this webinar to discover which services best fit the current needs of your business. A Q & A session will follow.


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SBA and ECDI Virtual Office Hours


Hosted by ECDI: Meet with Small Business Experts Alex Kohls, Senior Area Manager, US Small Business Administration and Kulay Mah-Brown, BIIC Navigator, ECDI, get answers to your small business questions, and learn about area resources to help your business grow!


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Cómo empezar tu propio negocio en la industria de la comida?

How to start your own business in the food industry?


De ECDI y SBA Columbus: ¿Sueñas con tener tu propio negocio en la industria de la comida, ya sea un restaurante o un camión de comida, pero no sabes por dónde empezar? Comenzar su propio negocio ya es un proceso difícil, pero si no es un hablante nativo de inglés puede parecer imposible. ¡Afortunadamente, tenemos dos expertos aquí para ayudar!

Thalia Amador Lastra, Especialista en Desarrollo Económico de la Oficina del Distrito de Columbus de la Administración de Pequeñas Empresas de los Estados Unidos y Edwin Quiñones, Coordinador Bilingüe en los Centros de Negocios para Mujeres ECDI de Ohio lo guiarán a través del proceso de inicio de su propio negocio y los pasos para comenzar.


Translation: (Event will be in Spanish) 

From ECDI and SBA Columbus: Do you dream of owning your own business in the food industry, be it a restaurant or food truck, but don’t know where to start? Starting your own business is already a difficult process, but if you are not a native English speaker it can seem impossible. Fortunately, we have two experts here to help!

Thalia Amador Lastra, Economic Development Specialist for the United States Small Business Administration Columbus District Office and Edwin Quiñones, Bilingual Coordinator at the Ohio ECDI Women’s Business Centers will guide you through the startup process. your own business and the steps to start.


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