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Is Your Small Business Prepared for Winter Weather?

Winter weather preparedness

Be prepared for winter weather: Assess Your Risk

Central and southern Ohio see severe winter storms almost every year. Every business has unique vulnerabilities and weaknesses: assess your risks for severe winter hazards. Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms including blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice and high winds. 

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Don’t Go into 2023 Without Considering These Small Business Trends

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With 2023 just around the corner, you need solutions that account for the latest industry insights. The SBA can help you find them.

It’s difficult to understate all the changes the business landscape has seen in the past few years, and yet entrepreneurs have responded with incredible adaptability. Perhaps that is one of the biggest reasons small business owners are optimistic about the future. In fact, 66% expect revenue increases and more than half plan to expand their business in 2023.

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News from SBA’s Office of Advocacy:

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Facts About Small Business:

Veteran Ownership Statistics


SBA’s Office of Advocacy has released its newest infographic spotlighting veteran-owned businesses. Veterans own almost two million businesses and employ over five million Americans. The infographic uses the most recent Census Bureau data to show the contributions of veteran small businesses.

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Encouraging Environmental Excellence: 

Thursday, December 8, 2022: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EST

Presented by the  Recycling and Sustainability Unit of the Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance

This webinar celebrates the winners of the Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental
Excellence (E3), Encouraging Environmental Excellence in Communities
(E3C), and Encouraging Environmental Excellence in Education (E4)
programs. The Awards recognize an organization’s exceptional achievements in environmental stewardship. Any business, industry, trade association, professional organization or local government of Ohio can be recognized for their commitment to environmental excellence. The goal of environmental stewardship is to reduce the impact of business or organizational activities on the environment, producing a better environment, conserving natural resources, and resulting in long-term economic benefits.

During this webinar, award winners from 2022 will be recognized. The awards recognize organizations, communities, and schools for their achievements in environmental stewardship. Visit the Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence Program to learn more and apply for 2023 awards.


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

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Small Business Administration and

ECDI Virtual Office Hours


Meet with Small Business Experts:

  • Terry Bolden, Deputy District Director, US Small Business Administration, general business inquiries
  • Sherri Lazear, General Counsel, Lazear Capital Partners, general business inquiries
  • Kulay Mah-Brown, BIIC Navigator, ECDI, general business inquiries


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How to Write a Marketing Plan for Your Small Business: From SCORE Columbus


Make marketing a planned investment, during these challenging times. Developing a marketing plan is vital for any business. Without one, your efforts to attract customers are likely to be haphazard and inefficient.


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