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The holiday season is winding down! Shop at local, small businesses for unique gifts that make a difference. By shopping small, you’re supporting the independent businesses that create jobs and make communities vibrant. Here are a few other ways to support small businesses in your community throughout the holidays and beyond. 

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Administrator Guzman stands with a group of people inside a Business Recovery Center in Puerto Rico


Last week, Administrator Guzman visited a business recovery center in Puerto Rico, which has faced unprecedented challenges like Hurricane Fiona. Over the last few months, SBA has approved millions of dollars in disaster assistance loans to help business owners and residents in Puerto Rico rebuild and recover from the storm. 

This year, SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance has helped communities recover from 328 disasters and approved more than $1.9 billion in loans

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Are you planning on a starting a business in 2023 but have a limited budget? Join SBA resource partner SCORE for a webinar on Wednesday, December 28 at 1pm ET and  get tips on how to save money on the most common startup expenses.

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Government contracting veterans


Certification with SBA allows service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses to compete for federal sole-source and set-aside contracts across the federal government. 

On January 1, SBA’s new Veteran Small Business Certification program implements changes from last year’s National Defense Authorization Act, which transfers the certification function from the Department of Veterans Affairs to SBA. Watch our recent webinar to learn more about the changes and see a preview of the upcoming certification online tool. 

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Get Inspired: Small Business Success Story

Dana Hawkins and Charis McWhorter launched Zoet Beauty Supply in 2019 to provide affordable beauty products for their community.

When the pandemic hit, they were able to continue operating with help from SBA relief programs. They continue to work with SBA’s Georgia District Office, which helps connect small businesses with capital, business counseling, contracting assistance, and other services.

The business now has two locations in the Atlanta area. Learn more

Join the SBA Team: Job Opportunities at the SBA


Now hiring! SBA is committed to building a high-performing, 21st century workforce to help meet the needs of America’s small businesses. The agency is now accepting applications for several positions including lender specialists, construction analysts, program support assistants, and more. Search for SBA job openings

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